Trey Utacht – Advisor to the Board

“I became interested in Buddhism while in high school. After graduation I moved to Boulder Colorado and practiced for a while in Chogyam Trungpa’s sangha. In 1996 I met and took refuge with Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche. The next year I had the great fortune to receive some teachings from Garchen Rinpoche and have continued to do so as much as possible ever since. Around this time I also received many teachings from His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche and other lamas from his monastery.

I met Gar Drolmaís founding members at some teachings in New York in 1999 and learned that they were moving to Dayton (where I had recently returned to) and wanted to bring Garchen Rinpoche to Ohio for teachings. I have been coming to the center (on and off) from the time it was at its initial location in a second story storefront in Yellow Springs until the present amazing location.

I am excited to be able to serve Rinpoche, the Dharma, and our community by assisting with the work of the board in any way that I am capable.

– Trey Utacht