Bruce has been a practicing Buddhist since 1974. His root teacher is Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master from Tibet famous for his presentation of the Buddhadharma to Westerners. Under his guidance, Mr. Ashton engaged in both group and solitary retreats as well as intensive Seminary training in Buddhist doctrine. Following the death of Trungpa Rinpoche, Mr. Ashton became a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and has studied and trained with him since the mid 1990s. In 2011, Bruce was appointed as a dharma teacher and spiritual instructor by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.