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Drolkar and I talk about finding happiness in all the wrong places, discipline, meditation, Buddhism and how it’s possible to bike from Toronto to Thailand.


Drolkar McCallum is the North American regional coordinator for the FPMT, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition – an international non-profit Buddhist organization. She also works with the ordained Sangha of the FPMT and is a volunteer with the Liberation Prison Project.

Born and raised in Toronto, Drolkar earned a BA from the University of Western Ontario. She has traveled extensively and lived in India, France, Australia, Taiwan and Israel.

A Buddhist since 1995, Drolkar spent seven years as a nun, attended many meditation retreats, and received teachings from many of the great masters including Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the FPMT, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.