Alan Macalister

Alan was first introduced to Buddha Dharma on retreat at Wangapeka with Tarchin Hearn in 1997. His principal teacher for many years has been Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber). In 1998, he established the Queenstown Dharma Centre and invited Jangchub Sempa Gyatso (Jangchub Reid) to reside there and teach. With his dharma companion, Annette, and Fortitur Trust, Alan established the Rainbow Mountain Retreat in 2012. He is a resident teacher at the Centre. He acknowledges his teachers with deep gratitude and profound respect.


Alan has retreated with

  • Tarchin Hearn
  • Karma Chime Shore
  • Namgyal Rinpoche
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
  • Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen
  • Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche
  • HH the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Dr Reggie Ray
  • David Rome

and has received influential teachings from

  • Wangchuk
  • Jangchub Sempa Gyatso
  • Cecilie Kwiat
  • Trinley Thaye Dorje
  • Doug Duncan
  • Catherine Pawasarat
  • Bonnie Ross

Alan has also participated in the following

  • Retreat / Dharma Community Service in Rumtek and Kalimpong in a group with Karma Chime Shore.
  • Pilgrimage in Northern India in the footsteps of the Buddha with a party led by Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.