Gar Drolma Buddhist Center was founded in 2002 by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, a high lama in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The center has authentic Buddhist teachers, both in residence and visiting, who represent a pure and unbroken lineage of Buddhist training.
Our community center is dedicated to sharing and sustaining Buddhist teachings and practices, through the unbroken lineage of Drikung Kagyu teachers—and visiting teachers from other lineages as well. Our doors are open to all who seek a deeper, truer, more significant experience of life—from the general public to Buddhist practitioners of all levels.
The teachings and practices of Siddha Yoga are brought to incarcerated men and
women through the Siddha Yoga Meditation Study Courses. The 17 year long Course
lessons describe in simple, down-to-earth language the timeless, transformative wisdom
of yoga. Lessons are received monthly and are free of charge to all who are
incarcerated. They are available in Spanish translation on request. Persons of all
spiritual and religious persuasions are invited to participate. Nearly 5000 inmates are
enrolled in the Courses in over 900 prisons in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, the U.K.,
Interested inmates can enroll in the Courses by writing to: Prison Project, PO Box
99140, Emeryville, CA 94662. The Prison Project web page is at:
We visit agencies in Ohio, bringing yoga and healing to individuals in their communities. We are currently serving youth in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, providing yoga classes which help young adults De-stress, increase perceptions of mental and physical energy, improve mood, and decrease negativity. The Mothering Wheel is continuously writing grant proposals to keep working in these agencies. Over the next year, we will expand our work with at risk youth, as well as other at risk populations in our community.
The Lebanon Correctional Institution: The Dharma Center has participated in the prison program at the Lebanon Correctional Institution (LCI) in Lebanon, Ohio for many years. Each Wednesday evening at 6pm volunteers from the Dharma Center and the Zen Center of Cincinnati go to the prison to lead a practice session with interested inmates. Books on Buddhist texts and current Buddhism thought are provided, studied and discussed. The program is coordinated through the Religion Department at LCI.
The Dayton Correctional Institution for Women: The Dharma Center also participates in a prison program at the Dayton Correctional Institute in Dayton, Ohio. Volunteers lead a practice session every Tuesday at 6pm. A volunteer from Yellow Springs leads the program on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays and other volunteers lead the program on the second and fourth Tuesdays.