Dapön Will Ryken

Dapön Ryken became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in October 1972 and joined the Dorje Kasung in 1975, attending the 2nd Magyal Pomra Encampment in 1979.  In 1984, along with Jim Lowery, he started the Shambhala Sun summer camp and quickly found the young warriors had become his main teachers.

Dapön Ryken lives in Ruskin FL, along with his wife Paula Bickford, Kadö and their three dogs.  Will and Paula are active members of the St. Petersburg Fl Shambhala Center and teach around the Shambhala world.  This year Dapön Ryken was appointed a Shastri.  Dapön Ryken is widely known and beloved around then Shambhala Mandala for his insight, wisdom and humor.