Lama Mark's (L. Karma Tenpa Lekshe Yongdu) style of teaching is non-sectarian and universalist in nature, displaying for beings the wondrous unity, uniqueness and intrinsic freedom of all life. His teaching is classically founded, but well integrated with science, art and nature. Mr. Webber's work with people demonstrates a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states, whether through meditation, study, art, travel or science.
He has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma (the Teachings of Liberation) and meditation for thirty-five years. He was born in 1956 in Toronto and he started practicing meditation at the age of 16. His root teacher was the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, a Canadian, who was a great meditation master and superb Dharma teacher.
Lama Mark Webber is a Visiting and Resident Teacher for a number of retreat and Dharma Centres worldwide; for example the Crystal Mountain Retreat Centre, Galiano Island, B.C. and the Queenstown Dharma Centre, New Zealand. For a number of years, during the past 25 years Lama Mark has served as the Resident Teacher at the retreat property of the Dharma Centre of Canada in Kinmount, Ontario. Lama Mark also teaches at many other centres in Canada and internationally. He is the author of the books, "Why Meditate? A Heart Song of Vast Release", "Union of Loving-kindness and Emptiness" and editor and author of two booklets, "A Basket of Gems" and most recently the "Progress of Insight".
Lama Mark is also engaged in the study and research of marine and freshwater algae and plankton. When travelling he usually carries a number of microscopes; a stereo-zoom microscope, inverted microscope, digital camera and laptop, sharing his interest and knowledge in microscopic life through courses and via the internet. Presently his microscopic images, including images from scanning electron microscopes, with taxonomic and ecological information are being stored and are publicly accessible on the University of British Columbia's Biomedia Image and Movie Database. His current area of research is novel methods for cleaning diatoms, the environmental and life cycle causes of cellular stress, stages of stress or acclimation, recovery, resting cells and resting spores of the coastal marine diatom Ditylum brightwellii.
For more biographical notes please see his Biography.