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HIMALAYAN CHILDREN'S FUND STAFF
I live on the beautiful North Coast of California with my husband Milton. I have been a student of Donna McLaughlin for the past twelve years and currently volunteer at the community, all volunteer, library and the community theatre. I have given free classes to the community via the library in origami and collage work. For the past 6 years, several friends and I have sponsored Sangay Denchok, a monk at Thrangu's monastery. We had the pleasure of meeting Sangay in 2008 on a trip to Nepal. We also met the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and saw firsthand his spirit of generosity.
I am very grateful for this opportunity to volunteer my services.
In 2007 I travelled to Nepal where I glimpsed the vast extent of Thrangu Rinpoche's dharma activities. It gave me a sense of how important it is for those of us who have financial resources and benefit from the dharma to support those who are devoting their lives to sustaining it. I had never been involved in any sort of fundraising previously but was inspired to try, and formed the Friends of Tara Abbey with other members of the newly established Orange County Vajra Vidya. The group has raised funds for several projects and worked closely with HCF. I am very happy to have the opportunity to expand on those experiences and to learn to be of service to the HCF and to Rinpoche's vision.
I am Associate Dean of Summer Session at the University of California, Irvine, live on campus, and my two grown children live nearby. I feel fortunate to have a rich dharma life as a member of Orange County Vajra Vidya, and to be able to travel to Rinpoche's teachings.
Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies
When Thrangu Rinpoche asked me to run the Himalayan Children's Fund in the fall of 1989 I was eager to help but had no recognition of the amazing opportunity he was giving to me. Over the years of my involvement I have come to appreciate the work in ways I could not have imagined back then. The interaction of so many people, of hearts and lives all around the world, is truly a remarkable thing to be able to witness and to help facilitate.
I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Roderick Menzies and continue my study of Buddhist meditation and Classical Indian Yoga while also teaching the same and doing therapeutic massage.
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