Mahamudra has caring team of dedicated staff and volunteers to serve our visitors. A little about our long-term staff:

Director: Ven. Nangsel

11866477_1690825491139543_8042534900737038873_nVenerable Nangsel (Bernice McCombie) is a New Zealander originally from Wellington. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since meeting the dharma at a Kopan course in 1992 following which she offered service at Mahamudra Centre where she volunteered for some years. Venerable has offered service at a number of FPMT centres including 3 years at International Office and 3 years at Root Institute in Bodhgaya. Ven Nangsel took Rabjung vows with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, her root guru, on New Year’s day 2007 and ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama the following Feburary after which she went into a 6 months retreat at Detong Ling, Kangaroo Island. Venerable returned to Mahamudra as Director in October 2007. Venerable is known for her humour and down-to-earth practical approach to applying teachings and practice in daily life.

Spiritual Program Coordinator: Sarah Brooks


Sarah has been studying and practicing Buddhism in FPMT centres since 1996. Prior to Mahamudra Centre, over the years she has volunteered and worked for Kadampa Center and Liberation Prison Project in the United States. She is a Foundational Services Seminar and Inner Job Description Facilitator for FPMT. She enjoys connecting to the community through leading meditation, introductory classes, and random acts of kindness. In her spare time she enjoys photography and playing piano.