Orhun Cercel lives in London. The son of a diplomat and of primarily Turkish heritage, Orhun was raised in Taiwan, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, and England. He received a BA in Economics and a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University and worked for several years in investment banking in London. He then began a new career in health, working for many years in Chinese medicine and as a psychotherapist.He has been a volunteer counsellor in NGOs, working with young care givers, and people suffering from chronic illness, anxiety, depression and addictions.
Orhun began meditating in 1990 and attended Vajrayana seminary in 1999. He was involved with the governance of the London Shambhala Centre for many years, in 2010 was appointed a shastri, and is very active teaching in Europe.