Born in Rochester, NY, Jampa began his training in Zen meditation at age 17 under Roshi Philip Kapleau. This step into Eastern wisdom inspired him to also pursue extensive training in Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Qigong in 1972.
After studying under Maggie Newman, Shing Perng and Dr. Kai Sung, in 1981 he was a member of the first U.S. Delegation to learn the original Chen Style of Tai Chi in China with the world's top masters. He also studied extensively with many other Tai Chi and Qigong masters and with Taoist masters of the Hua Shan, Wudang and Chang Bai Shan lineages. He emphasizes that his principle teacher was Taoist Master Mantak Chia, who authorized him to teach and heal.
Later Jampa trained under many Tibetan Buddhist masters of the Kagyu, Nyingma and Bon lineages, and was authorized as a teacher in those sects. He was also ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1986, with whom he assisted in leading several retreats. He also established and taught at Tibetan Buddhist centers in Rochester, NY and Austin, TX.
Jampa is a Senior Healing Tao Instructor and Senior Chi Nei Tsang Instructor, certified by the Universal Healing Tao, and is the co-founder of Healing Tao USA. He holds a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC) in Santa Fe and has taught acupuncture and Medical Qigong at both SWAC and the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, TX. He is also an AOBTA Certified Instructor (CI)inical Medical Qigong Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang.
Jampa served as editor and contributing writer for Healing Tao books from 1989-1995, and has collaborated with Chia on several books, including Awaken Healing Light of the Tao (1993), The Inner Structure of Tai Chi (1996) and Taoist Cosmic Healing (2003).
In addition, he has written several books of his own, including The Life of Gampopa (Snow Lion, 1995), Foundations of Taoist Practice (1995), and The Life of Longchenpa (Shambhala/Snow Lion, 1994). He has also written over 50 published articles that have appeared in numerous magazines such as Tantra, Qigong Magazine, Internal Arts, Black Belt, Qi Magazine and Tai Chi.
Jampa is a Past President and board member of the National Qigong Association (NQA). He served as co-chairman of their Standards Committee and guided them in developing new national standards for Qigong professionals.
He was also a board member of the TX Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Association, founding board member of the Healing Tao Instructors Association and former co-chairman of their Certification Committee.