Liz Acosta grew up in Chicago and moved to New York City after graduating in Visual Arts from Northern Illinois University. Her time in New York was spent immersed in the art world and attending graduate school at Hunter College. She has an MFA in Drawing & Painting.
But in 1994, when her best friend was dying of AIDS, an artist friend introduced her to TBLD and Rigpa. She immediately connected to the New York City sangha and became a student of Sogyal Rinpoche and participated in an early book course. Rinpoche’s early audiotape teaching, Living & Dying, completely changed her view in understanding her friend’s dying process and how she could best support him with more compassion and less self-centeredness.
After her friend’s death in 1995, Liz moved to Boulder, CO. Wanting to give back to Rinpoche and Rigpa, she became an early Rigpa instructor and along with fellow instructors introduced the Rigpa Streams curriculum and developed the Rigpa Boulder sangha. She served as a Rigpa Boulder instructor for 17 years and was also a management team member for many years.
Liz joined the Rigpa US Board in 2013 and has served as its Secretary since joining. For the last several years, she has led the Feedback Team during the Annual Autumn Retreat and serves as a volunteer on the Feedback team for the streaming retreats. Prior to that, for several years, she served as the Meditation Students Instructor for the National Retreats at Konocti Harbor and occasionally at Lerab Ling.
Liz has been employed at Naropa University for 14 years and currently serves as the Senior School Administrator for the School of the Arts and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Visual Arts program and leads the weekly Community Meditation at Naropa’s Nalanda Campus.
In her spare time, Liz continues to immerse herself in the arts, attends numerous performances, visits her family in Chicago, and spends time with her partner, Tak Kida, who is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and is a master Japanese woodworker who has worked on the Sangdo Palri Temple in Crestone, CO.