Our Board of Directors

Garchen Rimpoche DIrector Gar Drolma Center

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Founder

Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who is widely recognized to have attained profound insight and realization. Rinpoche was ...
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Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche Director of Gar Drolma Center

Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche, Spiritual Director

Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche was born in Tibet and is a long time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He studied ...
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Venerable Konchog Thubten Nima

Venerable Konchog Thubten Nima

Lama Thubten Nima was born in the Kham (eastern) Region of Tibet in 1965. When he was 14, Lama Thubten ...
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Lama Abao

Lama Abao

Lama Abao was born in 1969 to a nomadic family in Tibet. From the age of six until the age ...
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Debbie Jackson, Center Director

Debbie Jackson, Center Director

"I was led to Gar Drolma five years ago, seeking to find a teacher and begin studying Buddhism. There really ...
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Gary Smith

Gary Smith

"I awakened my interest in Buddhism while spending time in Japan as a student in the early '80s. My interest ...
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Mike Young

Mike Young

"I have been interested in Buddhism since the 70s and was really grateful to discover several years ago that Dayton ...
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Trey Utacht

Trey Utacht

"I became interested in Buddhism while in high school. After graduation I moved to Boulder Colorado and practiced for a ...
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Michael Stanek

Michael Stanek

I first developed an interest in Buddhism and meditation in the early 1980’s, while reading about Zen in college.  I ...
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Mel Carmichael - Advisor to the Board

Mel Carmichael – Advisor to the Board

"Gar Drolma has become such and important part of my life over the past 4 years.  I walked in as ...
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Mary Pipik

Mary Pipik

I had little interest in Buddhism until I started to practice. My husband had practiced for many years, but it involved ...
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