Lay Teachers & Leaders
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 – his vast compassion and wisdom has led me on this path.
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 Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche. It is our intention that the Milarepa Buddhist Center is a source of wisdom and compassion for beings.
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, 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.