Geshe Michael Roach(1952-present) grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was an honors student with an interest in religion and social issues. He was awarded a scholarship to Princeton University and after graduation he went to study and live at Rashi Gempil Ling, with Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin. In 1995 he completed his studies with Khen Rinpoche and at Sera Monastery in India, and became the first American to be awarded the Geshe degree. While completing this work, he also developed and taught the seven-year Formal Study Program, which parallels the same core information taught at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
That original program of 18 courses captures the essence of the six Great Books of Buddhism, as a means to train the next generations of western Buddhist teachers. Asian Classics Institute began with the mission to provide the recordings online, live teachings and by correspondence for anyone who would like to pursue these studies.
In addition to his work with Diamond Cutter Institute, whose aim is to present the core teachings of Buddhism in a way that everyone can use for success at work, their personal relationships and in all facets of life, Geshe Michael continues to translate and to teach Buddhist texts to many different audiences. It is the aim of Asian Classics Institute to continue to make this material and teachings available to improve the lives of people in our communities and throughout the world.