From the Land of Snows to the City of Flight, Gar Drolma finds place in East Dayton

By Bill Duffield

January 23, 2014

DAYTON — Sometimes referred to as the City of Flight because the Wright Brothers’ invention of the first airplane, Dayton is a city with a remarkable legacy of invention, research, and manufacturing. Dayton is also a little special because it is home to one of American Buddhism’s comparatively few, fully authentic and operational, Tibetan Buddhist meditation centers.

The center’s name is Gar Drolma and it is located on 1329 Creighton Ave., a dreamy old street on the east side of the city. Gar Drolma was founded in 2002 by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, a world renowned and extraordinarily accomplished meditation master and high Lama from Tibet, the Land of Snows.

Gar Drolma’s resident lamas and staff work tirelessly, in collaboration with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche and other renowned Tibetan Buddhist masters, who come to Gar Drolma from across America and around the world, to teach and conduct meditation retreats in the spirit of an unbroken lineage of Tibetan Buddhist training.

Gar Drolma is fortunate to have two resident Tibetan Lamas, Khenpo Samdup and the Venerable Tsunma Rinzin Khando. Both give teachings, conduct meditation and practice sessions throughout the week, and provide individual instruction and advice to practitioners. Their interesting and informative bios are available at Gar Drolma’s website.

Gar Drolma welcomes all and invites anyone interested in visiting the center or learning more about Gar Drolma to visit www.gardrolma.org/.

Story courtesy of Robert L. Leach.