Compassion Wheel Team

From left to right: Bill and Matt Clopton; Troy Stafford; Barbara Brown; Bridget Brewer; Dechen Brooke.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown’s architectural practice has been actively focused on community-oriented and residential projects in the Bay Area. She is a UC Berkeley alumni and a long-time supporter of Tibetan Buddhist causes and sacred place building efforts.
Since 2010, Barbara has been working with the Tibetan Association of Northern California to assist their members in creating a vibrant community center building in Richmond, CA. She also participated in the design and construction effort to create the new Prayer Wheel Gazebo at Gyuto Foundation in Richmond Heights.

Bill Clopton

Bill’s first connection to Buddhism was December 1969 in a week-long retreat with 3 Tibetan monks he had met in London, England. As a general contractor he has over 30 years of experience specializing in home construction and remodeling paying careful attention to all aspects of a project from client/builder, workers, design and craftsmanship of materials.

Troy Stafford

Troy Stafford is a master craftsman with 20 years experience in the Fine Arts and Museum framing field. He has collaborated with artists, galleries, collectors, and museum curatorial and conservation staff on a range of museum and private projects involving the design and creation of custom frames and the restoration of antique frames. He was personally requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to do the elaborate carvings of the prayer wheel and is receiving direct instructions from him.

Bridget Brewer

Bridget Brewer integrates her extensive background in landscape design and construction with her architectural practice in Sonoma County, where she is a board member of US Green Building Council. Her landscape work includes wildlife restoration in urban environments. She has received grants to restore neighborhood parks and urban creeks in Oakland and Berkeley. She has taught with the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin Prison as well as high school students planting food forests in Windsor.

Upcoming Retreats

Green Tara Mantra Drop in Sessions for the Environment

January 4 - April 8, 2023
“Every individual should act to save the Earth from climate change.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama   His Holiness the Dalai Lama encourages us all to “take action” to help mitigate the climate crisis swiftly. Our immediate action requires a high level of global cooperation and coordination. Guymed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa recently gave blessings for a collective group effort nation-wide of 10 million Tara Mantra recitations with the dedication to mitigate the current climate crisis.   As part of this national effort, Vajrapani has committed to lead two sessions of practice each month with the heartfelt wish to…

Green Tara Weekend Retreat to Mitigate Global Warming

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

March 24 - 26, 2023
"The threat of climate change is not limited by national boundaries — it affects us all. We must work to protect nature and the planet, which is our only home." His Holiness the Dalai Lama   Join us for a weekend intensive of Green Tara practice to purify the obstacles for the success of efforts to address the global climate crisis.   Since end of December 2022, a multi-state group has been reciting the Tara mantra with the motivation to purify our collective harm as humans to the environment and its inhabitants. We aim to create the causes to bring…

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