Jamgön Kongtrül (1813–1899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.
Ingrid Loken McLeod began her studies of Buddhism and the Tibetan language in 1970 in Sonada, India, where she met her principal teachers Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche. Following a six-year period devoted to meditation training, she served as the resident teacher of a Kagyu center in Canada. For the past several years she has been carrying out her translation work as a fellow of the Tsadra Foundation.
Elio Guarisco was born in Como, Italy in 1954. In the early 1970s he met and studied with major exponents of the Theravada tradition in India. He then studied Buddhist philosophy at a monastery of the Tibetan tradition for ten years, following which he was invited by Kalu Rinpoche to Sonada, India to work as a translator. While engaged in his projects there, he met his main teacher Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and became an active member of the Dzogchen Community for which he now coordinates the Ka-ter (Kama and Terma) translation program and serves as an instructor of the Santi Mahasanga program of study and practice.