Michael G. Burbank
Michael G. Burbank first began studying with Robert Thurman at Columbia University in 1999. In early 2002 he was invited to help the Thurmans and Tibet House staff launch Menla. Over the years he served as dishwasher, housekeeper, maintenance assistant, groundskeeper, front desk attendant, Front of House Manager, Assistant Director, and since 2013 he has been serving as Director. Michael received the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama twice–in 2003 and 2017–both times in Bodh Gaya, India. In his spare time, he works on spiritually-based graphic novels, including most recently Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama.