“Gar Drolma has become such and important part of my life over the past 4 years. I walked in as many do: with no clue what to expect. I spent my first day at Gar Drolma doing White Tara. I didn’t know what any of it meant and I didn’t know why people were doing it but I was immediately drawn in.
This was quickly followed by a Guru Rinpoche Empowerment by Bhaku Rinpoche. I sat in the first row and served tea to him and his attendant. This was a retreat where no one was to speak except for during the practice and the only meal was a vegetarian lunch. I did it all and still had no idea why it was so important to me. Time has passed and I have developed an understanding that is hard to explain.
This temple is so important to my life and its future, I now know, is essential to not only my well being but all members and beyond. I have always had a special affection for new people that come to this center. I truly believe that we have something to offer anyone who walks through the doors of Gar Drolma. I think (after much meditation and practice) that I am meant to help new people find how the Dharma can make anyone’s life of bigger benefit no matter what their cultural or religious background (even it I don’t personally have all the answers).
I wish for others to discover the joy of sharing in this wonderful Sangha. I want to show all that Gar Drolma is a special and important part of this community that is worth supporting. I look forward to helping make the most of this center so that it can give the same gift to others that it has given to me.”
– Mel Carmichael