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Maria Bardini-Perkins

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.

Joann Parks

My husband and I live in Los Angeles and are students of Thrangu Rinpoche; our local instructor is Sylvia Bercovici. I am retired from Xerox, was a corporate trainer and coach, and currently do private career counseling. My passion for the dharma increases through the spaciousness and graciousness of Thrangu Rinpoche and the other teachers I’ve been fortunate enough to study with, including Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute.  Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings and work are so important and I’m happy to be part of facilitating this.

Debra Ann Robinson

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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