Bruce Nelson is the principal teacher and founder of Dzogchen College, a small Buddhist seminary.
He and his wife, Teri have been studying and practicing on the Buddhist path since the late 1960's. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Orgyen Kusum Lingpa are Bruce's two root teachers. He has also received teachings and guidance from many other highly venerated masters of the past century, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Trangu Rinpoceh, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Namkai Norbu Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche and many others.
Bruce has taught philosophy and meditation for over forty years at meditation centers in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Battle Creek. In the early 90's, he began leading practice groups and retreats in the Kansas City area associated with Trungpa Rinpoche, Kusum Lingpa, and many visiting lamas from the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelugpa schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His extensive collection of written works includes multiple commentaries on the vast Buddhadharma, poetry, and fiction. His teaching style is direct, relaxed, philosophical, and nuanced. Bruce and Teri currently reside in Michigan.
Don Smith and Joe Mentesana have both studied with Bruce since the early 2000's. Together, they are leading dharma practice and study under Bruce's guidance.