About Your Instructor

Michael Hess is an experienced, patient and compassionate meditation teacher and a western yogi in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

Michael has been meditating for 25 years and has taught meditation and pranayama to practitioners at all levels of experience, including meditation and yoga teachers, private clients, Buddhist and secular groups, and corporate and government workshops in both the USA and overseas. 

Michael has trained for many years in advanced meditation and pranayama methods, and has completed numerous retreats on the most profound practices of Tibetan Buddhism. 

He has lived and studied in both India and Tibet, and recently completed a one-year solitary meditation retreat at Pangan Gonpa, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the north Indian Himalayas. 

Michael is an authorized instructor of The Relaxed Mind seven-step approach to learning meditation that forms the basis of the Discovering Mind meditation training program.  He is authorized by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

Pangan Gonpa Ngoedup Choeling School

Giving Back: Make a Difference in a Child's Life

Pangan Gonpa Ngoedup Choeling School

Pangan Gonpa is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.  The monastery sits perched on the side of a steep cliff in the foothills of the Himalayas. 


Pangan Gonpa was established in 1965 and is currently home to more than 110 monks and nuns, ranging in age from 20 to 80.   In 2014, the monastery developed  plans to build a school for young children from the surrounding region.  There would be facilities for 30 students who would live at the school and receive a traditional monastic education in the authentic Tibetan language.  Construction began that year, and the grand opening of the Pangan Gonpa Ngoedup Choeling School was held in June 2017.  Today, there are 19 students ranging in age from 5 to 17, and new students continue to arrive from throughout the Himalayan region.  


The monastery pays for all expenses to maintain and operate the school, but is seeking western sponsors to provide funds for the children’s housing, food, clothing and medical expenses.  These costs average $50 per student per month, however any amount of financial support you can provide would be deeply appreciated.

Sponsors who are interested can develop a relationship with their students by sharing pictures, letters or sending small gifts or other types of support.  This is truly a joyful experience for the sponsors and the kids are so happy and proud to know they have someone in the world who cares.

Please consider getting involved with a student at the  Pangan Gonpa Ngoedup Choeling School.

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