Kate Dutton, Co-Founder

While living and meditating at a Buddhist center in Maui, Hawaii for five months, I was given the name Dawa Drolma. I was happy to discover that it meant Moon Tara. In Buddhism, Tara is a female Buddha, who is known as the great Liberator of all beings. Afterwards, I had the vision of creating a company that would help to inspire people on their spiritual path. Lamplighter Company has the intention of supporting Tibetans living in exile while also helping fundraise for the continuation of our practice and studies for the benefit of all. 

John Almanzor, Co-Founder

Dharma can be defined as both the teachings and the spiritual path. In Maui, my root guru, Lama Gyaltsen, had encouraged me to always practice the Dharma first and the details of life will begin to fall into place. He even told me that I seemed to be too busy working and encouraged me to, instead, meditate more. In Buddhist philosophy the Dharma cannot be thought of as a backup plan, but in complete reliance on the spiritual path, one will prosper. Lamplighter Company is what I intend to be an extension of that path. This business is our way of cultivating and supporting a connection to the greater spiritual community (Sangha) that is growing here in the U.S. and abroad.