Source: Valley News
On August 6, 2003 the Valley News reported that "sandwiched between Citizens Bank and Salt Hill Pub & Cafe on Park Street, Dolma Ling, a nonprofit center representing a Tibetan monastery in South India, opened Sunday in downtown Lebanon [NH]. The center is the only U.S. location for the monastery, Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangtsen, where 250 monks reside... The center fills one of the last vacancies in the commercial district and will serve as a resource for Buddhists in New England and those interested in learning about and participating in Tibetan meditation, said Janie Dvorak Compton, the center's director... Monks from the monastery have been visiting the Upper Valley, including Dartmouth College and local churches, since 1997, said Dvorak Compton, who lives in Lyme. For some time, the organization had been looking for a place to establish a permanent home and chose Lebanon for its quiet, clean atmosphere, she said. The group started leasing the 1,700-square-foot space -- formerly occupied by a travel agency, Toys for Tots and a campaign office -- three months ago, she said."