Acharya Greenleaf began his dharma practice as a teenager after meeting a senior student from Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s Sangha in 1974. He attended the 1978 Shambhala Vajrayana seminary with Trungpa, Rinpoche and has twice served as residential staff at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Retreat Center in Barnet, Vermont. For the past several years, he has studied and taught at the Vajrayana Seminaries led by Trungpa Rinpoche’s dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is member of the core faculty charged with establishing a cycle of teaching at Karmê Chöling under the name the Mukpo Institute.
Acharya Greenleaf is a CPA and holds a MBA from New York University. He credits his dharma practice with helping him see the dream-like nature of financial information. He has served on the Boards of Shambhala, as well as Karmê Chöling, and currently serves on the Boards of the Atlantic Foundation in Hamilton, New Jersey and the Pacific Foundation in New York City. He also works as a volunteer in the development of marketing and web strategies for the nonprofit Samadhi Cushions, based in Barnet. In 2005, Sakyong Mipham appointed Michael as an Acharya or Senior Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, giving him the name Activity Lion. Acharya Greenleaf lives with his wife, Jeanine Greenleaf, in West Barnet, Vermont.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has designated Acharya Greenleaf as the Wealth and Generosity Acharya, responsible for inspiring generosity through promoting an understanding of the Shambhala path of generosity and the fearless path of Shambhala philanthropy.
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