Fred H. Meyer, MD
Fred H. Meyer, M.D., is a retired physician and longtime practitioner of Buddhism. He taught academic medicine at Louisiana State University before entering private practice in internal medicine and rheumatology in Fort Collins, Colorado, retiring in 2009.
Dr. Meyer began his Dharma practice in the Soto Zen tradition under Dainin Katagiri Roshi. In 1980, he became a student of the seminal Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, living for three years at Trungpa Rinpoche’s first practice center in North America, and attending several of his three-month seminaries. Dr. Meyer acted as a personal attendant to Trungpa Rinpoche for seven years, and assisted Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, his son and spiritual heir, for a further ten years.
During his thirty-five years as a Buddhist, Dr. Meyer has met and studied with many of the most important teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Katagiri, Roshi, John Daido Loori, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. A senior student in the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism, he has received advanced transmissions in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala traditions, and has practiced them for over three decades in both everyday meditation and solitary retreats. He is a founding member of the Fort Collins Shambhala Center and the Chögyam Trungpa Center in Fort Collins, where he has taught in residence for the last 10 years. His wife and son are also Buddhist practitioners.
Dr. Meyer has written In the Buddha’s Realm, an account of his years as a physician and student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Don’t Give Up Until You Do: From Mindfulness to Realization on the Buddhist Path, a book about Buddhist insight and the methods for awakening it.
Along with writing, teaching and practicing Buddhism, he volunteers for Homeless Gear, an organization providing clothing and shelter for those on the street. As a long time horse lover, he previously competed in the equine sport of eventing, and he now shows horses in dressage.