As his girlfriend, I think I have to answer some of what follows :
alpha wrote:It seems that quite a few people here had conections at some point with JLA.
It would seem so.
My exchange with him was short one i cant say much about how is he as a person.
Don't know who you are so I can't say what you know of him or not.
I know though a little bit about his stance regarding how one should approach the practice of dzoghen.
He has no personal idea about how to practice Dzogchen. He follows the tradition of Shardza Rinpoche. There is nothing "personal" there at all. Like it or not...
But i do not think that everybody revere him in the Bon world.
Sure, this is no secret, but there are reasons for that (see below).
I know first hand of a big row between him and shenten.
He has never been involved with Shenten Ling. He was the president of the Yundrung Bon Association (YBA) before it became Shenten Ling and he resigned because of the non-ethical behavior of people installed in the then future Shenten administration by the Khenpo of Triten Norbutsé (whose behavior was itself dramatically questioned by HH the Abbot of Menri).
And since 2008 or 2009 he is not any more involved with shenten affairs.
As stated above, he has never been involved with Shenten Ling.
This doesn't mean though he broke his connection with LTN.No ,not at all.
His connection with his root-master is pristine, no matter what the "translators" of Shenten Ling like to gossip about.
There is some bad air between him and some of the residents there and this row is mainly related to the translation work he has done for them.
No, he has not done a single translation for these people. He resigned from YBA because one of the person installed by the Khenpo was stealing money from YBA and using this money for his own private business and because others were just behaving without any ethical respect for the teachings. As the president JLA fired the thief but this person was re-installed by the other members of the YBA administration. So JLA resigned. He was asked by Lopon to come to Shenten but since many people there only live by gossip, usage of intoxicants and generally spit on the 10 virtues while pretending to be highly realized Dzogchenpas, JLA humbly refused and explained why to Lopon. So your info is wrong.
Instead he has his own little center near where he lives
Wrong again, JLA has no center (I guess he got more than fed up with the mentality of people in centers). He lives most of the time alone in retreat mode, rarely seeing anybody (including me!!!)
where one of his teachers is invited to teach once a year.Is not a center per se ,it is i think someone's house.
This is about 800 km from where JLA lives and it's indeed a private house belonging to one of his friends.