Walker Blaine has been a student of Buddhism since 1984 when he transferred from Oberlin College to Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado to complete his bachelor’s degree. In 1985, Walker met his root teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at a Naropa charity auction. After graduation he spent nearly all of the next fifteen years practicing and working at Karmê Chöling and Shambhala Mountain Center, where he worked as a cook, meditation program coordinator, and retreat master. From 2001 to 2007 he divided his time between retreat, pilgrimage, and studying Tibetan in Asia and the west.
Walker’s principle teachers are Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 2010, he published a free e-book titled The Great River Of Blessings, which is a detailed account of the Rinchen Terdzö, a three-month long series of teachings that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche received in India in 2009. Walker has released two CDs of Buddhist music. His songs can be sampled on iTunes and at www.highlandeyes.com.