Charles Manson

Charles Manson was once a master woodcarver.

He then spent several years as a Buddhist monk at the Samye Ling monastery in Scotland, where he spent eight years in secluded meditation retreat. He later studied at Harvard University where he received a master’s in theological studies.

He currently works as a librarian for the Tibetan Collections at the Bodleian Library (Oxford University) and at the British Library in London. Charles recently published the book, ‘The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahāsiddha’, much of it sourced from Charles’s own translations of original Tibetan manuscripts.

Here is a podcast of an interview with Charles, here and here are YouTube interviews and here is a more in-depth article. We are fortunate that we have access to such an experienced teacher.