Mark Standlee has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1984. He began instructing courses on the West Coast of the USA in the early 1990s, and from 2006 to 2009 he participated in the Three Year Retreat in Lerab Ling, France. He helps to support instructors and sanghas all over the USA, continues to instruct courses, and is a main presenter at national retreats with Rinpoche.