Norma Harris MA, PhD, MA

About The Teacher

As a chaplain, I provide spiritual counseling to people of all religions, to people who are non-religious, and to those who are atheists. I was raised in a non-religious Jewish household and have been a practicing Buddhist for more than 20 years. I am authorized as a Buddhist chaplain in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an outgrowth of the confluence of the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibet introduced in the west in 1975 by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

As a Buddhist practitioner, I engage in mindfulness/awareness meditation and other types of contemplative practice on a regular basis. I am a dharma teacher at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta and serve as Upadhyaya (chaplain) of the center. I officiate at weddings and funerals and provide counseling to members. Weekly, I travel to Jackson, Georgia to convene a meditation group with men on death row and to visit other inmates throughout the prison.


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