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Lay Teachers & Leaders

EM Lauricella

I met the Dharma in 1997 in Rochester, New York with the sangha that is now called White Lotus Buddhist Center.  I feel extremely fortunte to have met my teacher, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, at that time. Over these years I have tried to follow in Rinpoche’s footsteps.  Although I have faltered and been unsure many times on the path, his vast compassion and wisdom has kept me going.

In Dayton, Ohio my wife, Naomi and I started Gar Drolma Buddhist Center at the request of Garchen Rinpoche.  After working to build Gar Drolma for 7 years, we moved to Iowa in 2012.  In 2016 we started the Milarepa Buddhist Center under the guidance of both Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoce and Garchen Rinpoche.  It is our intention that the Milarepa Buddhist Center is a source of wisdom and compassion for beings. 

Naomi Bloom

I came to Dharma in 1997 in Rochester, New York. I am committed to Milarepa Buddhist Center because I want to make good use of this lifetime to do whatever I can to help reduce the suffering of living beings. I live in Iowa City with my wife, Ellen Marie and our 2 children and 2 dogs.

Tim Mullaney

 Tim Mullaney, PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, has been a meditator and practitioner in the Karma Kagyu lineage for nearly 40 years. His teachers include Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Tai Situ Rinpoche.

Tim is also a psychologist and has extensive background working with mindfulness training in professional, non-religious settings.

Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.