The Lineage of the Siddhas

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Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche




Seonaid teaching in Ann ArborSeonaidh in Nova Scotia















H.H. Yeshe Tungpa - Seonaidh Perks











Seonaidh-Traktung Rinpoche-Pema Norbu

Venerable Seonaidh Perks with Traktung Rinpoche and Pema Norbu



Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was Venerable Seonaidh Perks' root teacher. Seonaidh lived with him for seven years as his attendant, during which time they traveled extensively throughout the world. Out of this relationship of working and living together grew Celtic Buddhism.

Trungpa Rinpoche felt that a culture needed to deal with its own history, mythology and social structure in its relationship to Buddhism. He felt that these cultural aspects were difficult to ‘see' because of their transparency, and that through investigation one could come to understand his or her cultural biases and their illusory nature. In Seonaidh's travels with Trungpa, particularly in Ireland, they had many long discussions about the early nature-based Celtic religion and also the Celtic Christian Church. Before Rinpoche's death in 1987, he told Seonaidh that he should go out on his own and start a lineage.

The archetypal deities of ancient Europe still exist in many peoples' psyche or mind. Seonaidh believes that these energies are actually based on or emanate tremendous compassion which has become overlaid with habitual clingings and fixations. The stripping away of this neurotic sludge is the starting point of Celtic Buddhist practice. Therefore, students and practioners engage in form and formless meditation practices as the foundation for Celtic Buddhism. These include calm-abiding, resting in the nature of mind, clear insight, and the "sending and taking" practice of loving kindness that develops a deeper altruism toward beings who may be in a state of suffering or confusion. Further practices at this time may include Deity yoga and the cutting through practice of Chöd.


The Celtic Buddhist Lineage

Much of Celtic Buddhism is rooted in the Tibetan tradition in which Seonaidh was trained. In addition to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Seonaidh considers both the 16th Karmapa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as his teachers.

khyentse Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a leading figure in the Nyingma tradition. He was one of the foremost meditation masters of the Mahayana, Mahamudra and Great Perfection traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism.

John was given the task of attendant to Khyentse during his visits to Boulder, Colorado.


Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

The Karmapa is the head of the Kagyu lineage, to which Trungpa belonged. His embodiment of compassion was recognized by all who were fortunate enough to be in his presence.

John attended the seminary at which the 16th Karmapa taught. John also accompanied Trungpa on his overseas visits to the Karmapa at the time of his illness.



Current Lineage Holders of the Crazy Heart Lineage of Celtic Buddhism:

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Peg Junge was empowered in September of 2003. She brings the Dharma to the workplace by bringing her business and organizing skills to institutions and small businesses.








Bill Burns was empowered in May 2004 as the Lineage Holder of the Stream of Celtic Mysticism. Bill is both a lifetime artist, composer/musician and meditation practitioner. He has completed many paintings synthesizing Tibetan thangka painting with celtic design.





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Hugh Curran was born in Ireland and presently resides in Surrey,ME. He has been a Zen practioner since the mid-sixties and assisted Philip Kapleau at Rochester Zen Center. Hugh presently teaches in the Peace Studies Program at the University of Maine and is an activist on homelessness and peace issues. He was empowered in September, 2004 on Caterpillar Hill overlooking Penobscot Bay in Maine.



Julia Perks


Julia Perks

Confessions of a confused mind:
Still feeling my way into the question of spirituality (and for that matter, life); attracted to Buddhism for its basic teachings and philosophy, with guidance to find one’s own path; attracted to the Celtic aspect as an interesting overlay of exploration with its dreamlike familiarity and perplexing strangeness—and the wonder of both.
This particular constellation of people and ideas challenges my desire for comfort and ordinariness (the latter of which has proven illusive to find, much less settle into) and poses an interesting question in considering how to live one’s life.
My daily practice is Jin Shin Jyutsu self help. It is a profound yet simple practice of holding fingers, shoulders, or other body points to balance energy. It is clear to me that in order to be of any help to others, I must first work on myself. Another current practice is trying to understand the drop of personality within the ocean of primordial energy in all its displays, and trying to gain awareness of both my negative and positive responses to that array.
I am inspired by the thought that one day I may develop enough clarity to express myself through the beauty of stained glass. And that I may learn enough Jin Shin Jyutsu self help to translate that benefit to others.




Dr. Newcomb Greenleaf was brought into the lineage in 2005, but it took him a long time to genuinely and wholeheartedly embrace this calling without giggling. He sees Celtic Buddhism as Earth-embracing, Earth-centered, as finding the sacred in the ordinary. He hopes that Celtic Buddhism gives birth to powerful myths and changes our relationship with our Mother. We can realize that we are not separate from our environment, because we have never left it, and we can see that the land on which we dump our waste is just as sacred as the awesome vista of Yosemite or Katahdin. Among Newcomb's favorite practices are those, like the Earth descents of Reggie Ray, that let our awareness give in to the acceleration we call gravity. He likes to dance.


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Brian Schwartz is most grateful for experiencing the primordial friendships of Arthur and Gesar, Merlin and the Lotus Born.

Brian has a Bachelors Degree from Marlboro College where he studied the western philosophical tradition, a Master's in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, and was in the first graduating class of Marlboro College's Sustainable Business MBA program.

He currently is a gardener in Manhattan and hosts the monthly Jersey Moon Celtic Buddhist Circle at Neolyth in Montclair, New Jersey.

His interests include working with the three cauldrons as a inner yoga, honoring the elementals, celtic deity yoga, and working with the ogham.


Sarah Kilts


Sarah Kilts is a writer, poet and musician. Raised in a French-Canadian/Irish Catholic family in Northern Vermont, she discovered Buddhist teachings as a teenager, and has been engaged with the Buddha Dharma ever since. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Writing, and has studied in Kenya, Uganda, India, Nepal and Tibet. Sarah has been a student of many teachers from different lineages within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has received transmission in the Dzogchen Teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Her practices focus on integrating spirituality into the many aspects of her daily life. Sarah plays bass and sings in the band Diablo's Dust, with her partner Thom. To hear their music, visit:

Thom Kilts



Venerable Thom Kilts was ordained with his wife Sarah at the Oracle statue on Boa Island in Ireland in 2007. He has a lifetime of Buddhist training in both secular and monastic settings. Thom was endorsed by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and Chogyal Namkhai Rinpoche separately as a Dharma Teacher in the Nyingmapa Lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism before becoming a Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism.  He has a masters degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University and is a certified Spiritual Health Therapist and Teaching Supervisor through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).  Thom is also a registered psychotherapist (RP) in Ontario through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).  He is adjunct faculty for Trinity College and an advisor to the Buddhist degree program at Emmanuel College, both schools a part of the University of Toronto. Thom was one of the first Buddhists certified by ACPE, APC and CASC as a professional spiritual care provider and educator. He has worked in the professional spiritual care field for nearly 25 years.  Thom has written a number of scholarly articles often quoted in academic research on spiritual care and Buddhist theology.  Thom is a teacher in the Buddhist stream of the Celtic Buddhist Lineage and as well an aikido practitioner, often integrating the various approaches in his teaching.  Thom is also a musician and has released a number of albums along with his wife as the band, Diablo’s Dust and The Kilts.  Thom lives with Sarah and their two children in Brampton, Ontario.  He is available in the Toronto area for traditional Buddhist teaching, as well as our community contact for those interested in pursuing spiritual care as right livelihood.
Thom has been appointed as the Director of Celtic Buddhism for Canada.

In July, 2016 Thom Kilts was empowered as Seonaidh's dharma heir. He was given the name: The Very Perky Dorje Sang Khor.



Ozay Rinpoche and Ahiranta were recognized as lineage holders of Celtic Buddhism in September 2010, following a vision given to Ven. Seonaidh Perks.

Ozay Rinpoche is a well-known personage on the Internet where he works as an Ego Slaughterer. Before ‘slaughtering egos’ Ozay spent some time in prison where he started a vigorous discipline of Bible reading and meditation practice. This process allowed Ozay to escape his imprisonment --not from the cell he was in but from the imprisonment of the mind, reaching enlightenment in 1982. Ozay then gave this non-experience the words "I have completely realized my-self" .Ozay remembers many life-times and recognizes many people around him from those former lives. As Gurdjieff, he always wanted to come and stay in England but was refused entrance into the UK on many occasions. This unfulfilled desire manifested in this lifetime by Ozay being born in London around the corner from J.G.Bennett, a life long pupil of Gurdjieff.

While growing up in Wales Ozay's father died when Ozay was at the age of 18 months. During the first three years of his life, Ozay never spoke a single word, preferring to remain in silence. From his Welsh Celtic father and Spartan Greek Cypriot mother, Ozay inherited a strong determination and developed a deep love for the outdoors and physical endurance. He was not interested in being intellectually educated and he subsequently left school at a very young age.

Ozay Rinpoche and his wife Ahiranta divide their time between Sweden, England and Wales. They are building a retreat center in Sweden and they also have a piece of land in Wales on which a future spiritual center might be built. Ozay presently explains to others the process of escaping their inner captivity. Ozay Rinpoche's story is told in his first book, Freedom! Escaping the Prison of the Mind. website:



Ahiranta was born into a Catholic family of 8 in a small Dutch village. Upon remembering her former life, she clearly experienced feelings of being born in the wrong place. She has memories that go back to a very young age and former life times. Around the age of 6 she had a vision in which she saw a man who cradled an ill Ahiranta in his strong arms, taking her with him. This vision became reality when Ahiranta met Ozay Rinpoche. He was the man she had seen in that vision so many years ago. Ahiranta and Ozay Rinpoche shared a mutual recognition of each other.. They had experienced many life times together in different roles: husband and wife, brother and sister, as friends and as enemies.

Ahiranta did her inner-work under the guidance of Ozay Rinpoche through the process of reasoning, self-observation, contemplation and meditation. Ahiranta shares her experiences and insights through the Internet and her writings.





Sister Gryphon was empowered as a lineage holder in July,2011. Sister Gryphon is the Abbess of Glen Ard Abbey and the Director of Shambhala teachings in the Celtic Buddhist Lineage.

Sister Gryphon trained and lived for 8 years at Zen Mountain Monastery where she took postulant and novice ordination vows. She then lived as a mendicant monk for several years taking various jobs and wandering, visiting other spiritual teachers and centers. In 2009 she met Seonaidh Perks and in 2010 received final monastic ordination vows in the Celtic Buddhist Lineage. Sister Gryphon also holds a degree in veterinary medicine and has trained and practiced holistic and herbal medicine. She has also trained with Tom Brown,Jr. in wilderness skills, living with the Earth, and has completed scout training. She is currently living in the woods of Howland, Maine and is in the process of creating an abbey and training temple there.



Matilda Rose Padma Perks was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, taking refuge in 1990 and living at Shambhala Mountain Center from 2000-2001. There she completed both Seminary and Meditation Instruction training. Tillie went to the University of King's College in 1999, and received a BA in Philosophy from McGill University in 2006. When she is not traveling with her avant pop band, Valleys, she lives in Montreal. Her current practice is Rigden Ngondro.




Sophie Octavia Pushpa Perks was born at the Kalapa Court in Boulder, Colorado, the residence of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche where her mother and father were servants. At her birth Trungpa recognized Sophie as an incarnation of G.I. Gurdjieff. In 2000, Sophie became a student of Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche and Jetsun Dechen Paldron. She worked for eleven years at the Santen Tse Retreat Center in Mussoorie, India, the Lotus Garden Retreat Center in Virginia, and traveled worldwide with her teachers. Sophie accomplished all the preliminary practices in both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She currently resides in New York City where she is a caregiver for private clients.




Richard E. Johnson, Sr grew up on a dairy farm near Dublin, Texas. At the age of fourteen, while standing in a corn field, he decided to become a minister. He attended Texas A&M, Sam Houston State, Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, The University of Texas, and the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. from which he holds various degrees. His life work has been primarily as a psychotherapist, a college teacher and an Episcopal priest.

He began his Buddhist life in 1968 at San Francisco Zen Center, and that practice has continued unabated, deeply influencing his life and work. He currently teaches part-time and works as an Associate Priest of two parishes in the Bangor, Maine area where an important part of his work involves leading meditation groups.

{Richard E. Johnson passed in January, 2017.}


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Ven. Lama Naomh Tomás Tenzin Dupchen {Tom O'Flaherty} was empowered as a Lineage Holder in Celtic Buddhism on June 6, 2012 from a long practice in Japanese and Tibetan traditions. A Soto Zen monk, a Gelong monk in the  Vajrayana Buddhist tradition having studied in the Gelupka, Kagyu and Nyingma schools and an ordained minister in the Church of Human Secularism, Lama Naomh Tomás was ordained and given transmission in the Celtic Buddhist Crazy Heart lineage by H.H. Venerable Seonaidh on June 26,2014.
Naomh Tomás lives a life of simple service working with elders and his ego.
Since 2012 he has been volunteering at Casa del Asilo, a government run homeless elder centre on Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro, Panama caring for the residents at the end of their lives and helping the compassionate community on Isla Colon support Asilo.
He has found the opportunity to serve the Chinese community by restoring the Chinese temple of Jeo Wang Ya working with the Chinese community bringing back to life their popular religion temple. The Chinese Association of Bocas Del Toro gave him permission to use the temple for meditation instruction and as a contemplative space for meditation practice helping people explore moving and sitting meditations.
He has taught meditation to individuals, groups and at yoga retreats using meditation practice from many traditions and developed Fineline Motivation Meditation for athletes and people in crisis, conflict and competition..
Following in the tradition of Arya Avalokitesvara and the teaching of Venerable Seonaidh to "do this work until you drop and do what has to be done from the heart of Avalo”,  Lama Naomh Tomás will continue to serve the elders at Asilo and the general community of Isla Colon teaching by example to spread the Dharma until June 2015. 
He will return to Anadaire Celtic Buddhist Center in Saxtons River, Vermont to help establish a permanent monastic community in the Crazy Heart lineage of Celtic Buddhism, teach and assist H.H. Venerable Seonaidh.

In July, 2016 Lama Tomas was empowered as: The Monk of Fionn MacCumhaill.

He can be reached through his email;
and Dharma dribble at…

May we serve to be perfect.
May we be perfect to serve








Bill Scheffel : My affiliation with Celtic Buddhism grew from a long-term friendship with Seonaidh, beginning when we were both attendants to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Celtic Buddhism has been like discovering cousins I didn't know I had, an ancestry I am already part of. Gassho.





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Ven. Ty Phillips is a Dharma teacher, addiction and recovery counselor and the founder of Anam Cara Sangha and Death Metal Dharma-Teen Outreach program. He specializes in teaching *shamatha* meditation and mindfulness to teens and addicts to aid them in finding a better and more peaceful way to live. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his cat Darwin. He is also a columnist for Elephant Journal and you can subscribe to his feed here:







Sir Eido Boru, a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest who is an Australian of Celtic Irish Ancestry, was empowered by the Venerable Seonaidh Perks as:

*A Celtic Buddhist Monk on the 1st November, 2012

*A Celtic Buddhist Lineage Holder on the 15th May, 2013

*The Bishop of Australia on the 1st July, 2014

Eido Boru was invested on 15 January, 2016 as a Knight

of the Tuatha De Danann by the Venerable Seonaidh Perks for his poetic literature. His Irreverent Verse, Haikus and Astro Poetry are well known in Australia and the USA. His "Buddha Monks Blues" will be included in the forthcoming Celtic Buddhist Book.




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Ken Ketchum is a typical child of the sixties, an American baby-boomer, confused wanderer, coward who had the immense good fortune to be attracted to some bright orange paperbacks on a bookstore shelf: Meditation in Action, Myth of Freedom, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.  Trained in the Vajradhatu and Shambhala teachings of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Chöling, helped to raise a family in Vermont, and on and on.  Please get in touch for more details if you like!
Meeting Major Perks recently seemed to open up a line to the heart, to reveal the next step in the endless process of  realizing the teachings in this world.  Ven. Seonaidh makes the teachings real; human, fresh, warm, ungraspable.  I pray for his continued vigor, bliss and long life.  I feel proud and humble to be asked to join in somehow with his appearance.   At this point, speaking personally, Celtic means connected to the seamless ordinary magic of the world.  Through this connection, our good heart wakes up and starts to sing. Ultimately, reality has no owner and no experiencer.  Nevertheless goodness manifests always.  This is easy to say.  How to practice?  Let's just proceed.











Andrew Peers was a monk for over 20 years in Trappist monasteries in England, Ireland and the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2004, he was chair of
the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue for the Dutch-speaking regionincluding Flanders, and as such participated in the 10th Spiritual Exchange with
Japan. In 2011, he left the Order and his task as forester and meditation teacher to guests, and traveled to the home of Celtic Buddhism in America.
After training there, he returned to Europe as a teacher of meditation in the Celtic tradition. He combines this work with a passion for writing. You can read more about his years inside the cloister in his book:The Family
Jewels: Letters on Zen Koan by a Trappist Monk







Gabriel Rosenstock
Born  in 1949, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, in postcolonial Ireland. Poet, playwright, haikuist, essayist, author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish (Gaelic). Member Aosdána (Irish Academy of Arts & Letters). Taught haiku at the Schule für Dichtung (Poetry Academy), Vienna, and Hyderabad Literary Festival. Prolific translator into Irish of international poetry (among others Ko Un, Seamus Heaney, K. Satchidanandan, Rabindranath Tagore, Muhammad Iqbal, Peter Huchel, Dileep Jhaveri),  plays (Beckett, Frisch, Yeats), songs (Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, as well as Lieder and Blues), he also writes for children, in prose and verse. Represented in Best European Fiction 2012 (Dalkey Archive Press) and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Co. 2013). Books Ireland, Summer 2012, says of his novel My Head is Missing: ‘This is a departure for Rosenstock but he is surefooted as he takes on the comic genre and writes a story full of engaging characters and a plot that keeps the reader turning the page.’
 Where Light Begins is a selection of his haiku.  The Invisible Light features haiku in Irish, English, Spanish and Japanese with work by American master photographer Ron Rosenstock. New and selected poems I OPEN MY POEM …(translated from the Irish) published in 2014 by PoetryWala, Mumbai, and in Ireland by CIC as Margadh na Míol in Valparaíso/ The Flea Market in Valparaíso. Other English-language titles include The Partisan and other stories ( Evertype), Haiku Enlightenment (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), The Naked Octopus, erotic haiku (Evertype), Uttering Her Name (Salmon), The Pleasantries of Krishnamurphy (Non-Duality Press), Haiku, the Gentle Art of Disappearing (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

 December 2014 saw the appearance of two gendai haiku volumes from Kindle, inspired by Che Guevara and Chögyam Trungpa  Rinpoche respectively:





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Ashley Playfair-Howes, aka Wangpo Tseknyi Lord Happy Life, was born in Williamstown, Mass. to an old Yankee seafaring family. He was later raised in London, England where he enjoyed the dubious distinction of attending the notorious, if not infamous, Harrow School, as had his distant relation, Sir Winston Churchill. Whilst at Naropa Institute's Theater Program in 1976, he became a student of the Vidyadhara. From then until 1998, he served in various capacities both in the Civilian Administration and the Kalapa Court. During this time he often enjoyed working and living with Lord Perks, the Kushap Kyi Khyap. The Venerable Seonaidh, a patient and wily hunter, a born-again (and again) trickster, a loyal mentor and friend to boot, has been stalking Ashley for decades and finally sprang his kindly trap this year, 2015. Both to fulfill the aspirations and instructions of his root guru who encouraged him to write books about Buddhadharma and teach co-emergent wisdom, and to please one of his most beloved students and friends, Ashley has now joyfully agreed to carry on the Venerable Seonaidh's emerging Celtic Buddhist Lineage in whatever way he can, especially in Cape Breton Island where he has been living since 1999.

He was invested into the Peerage as Sir Ashley Playfair-Howes, Baron of Bras D'Or, Commander, Lord of the Isles, at an investiture performed on May 3rd 2015, Vaishakha Day (Lord Buddha's Birthday) at Anadaire Center, Saxton's River, Vermont.