Norbu William McKeever

Bill McKeever

Acharya Norbu (William) McKeever met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972. Upon first seeing and hearing Rinpoche teach, Norbu knew he had found his teacher. After writing a thesis on The Nine Yanas of Tibetan Buddhism as presented in the Oral Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and graduating Yale, he moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) and began four decades of devotion to the study, practice, and teaching of Shambhaladharma.

Norbu has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since his father’s parinirvana in 1987. He finds the Shambhala teachings, as introduced by Chogyam Trungpa and advanced by Sakyong Mipham, to be a profound and brilliant crystallization of the Kagyu and Nyingma practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism – uniquely applicable to a contemporary world overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, materialism, aggression, and environmental degradation.

Acharya McKeever has served in various leadership roles in the Shambhala mandala – as Executive Director of Karme Choling, Vice President of Naropa Institute, Resident Teacher at Shambhala Mountain Center, Shambhala Training Director, member of the Shambhala Board of Directors, and teacher at programs including Vajradhatu, Shambhala Seminaries and Trainings, Warrior Assemblies, Dathuns, and so on.

Over the last decade, Norbu has been living in the challenge with Parkinson’s Disease, which has affected the rate and volume of his speech and inspired a creative teaching style. The Sakyong encourages him to write out talks for a surrogate reader. Often, amid the good energy of a program or retreat, and to his utter joy, Norbu’s voice returns.

Norbu’s good friend and former wife, Berkeley, lives in New York. His four grandchildren, four sons, two daughters-in-law, and one daughter-in-law-to-be live in Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, and Hawaii. His partner and secretary, Jen, lives in Pennsylvania.


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