Welcome!

We warmly invite you to visit, learn and practise at Drogmi Buddhist Institute.

If you are attending any of our events and have time, you are very welcome to arrive half an hour early and have a cup of tea and rest before the beginning of the programme.

 

About Drogmi Buddhist Institute

Drogmi Buddhist Institute aims to promote the understanding, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia, in line with the Great Sakya Tradition, under the guidance and support of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. The centre is open to all who are interested in the precious Dharma and its teachings.
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[About the Sakya tradition...]

Our Teacher

Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is one of the most knowledgeable and respected teachers of the practice and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia. His excellent command of English and understanding of Western ways provides his teachings with a clarity and wisdom accessible to all, Australia-wide and overseas. He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Drogmi Buddhist Institute in Sydney

Khenpo has taught all over Australia and internationally in the last 15 years, and maintains a busy schedule. He regularly gives talks and conducts meditation programmes in central and western Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the New South Wales south coast, Queensland and many other locations.
[About Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe...]
[Khenpo's overseas teaching programme...]

Drogmi Events

Drogmi Buddhist Institute conduct regular practices in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, various retreats throughout the year, as well as Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe's extensive teaching programme around Australia and overseas.

Khenpo and members of Drogmi Buddhist Institute have a strong connection with communities in the Blue Mountains and have an ongoing spiritual programme in those areas.

Unless otherwise listed, events are held in Ashfield, Sydney. Please contact us at info@drogmi.org or on (02) 8005 1757 for more information about any of these events. To make advanced bookings for all events, email info@drogmi.org (for payment options see Programme bookings and online payments).

Upcoming events

Mindfulness and Well-being 5 week course

DATE: Mondays 12, 19 and 26 May then 2 and 16 June

TIME: 7:30-9:00 pm

VENUE: 37 Albert Parade, Ashfield

COST: $12 per session / $50 full course

Have you ever wanted to learn about mindfulness?

In this five week course you will learn the practice of mindfulness meditation and how to apply it in everyday life. Meditation can bring positive changes to one’s life, an improved physical and mental health and a greater feeling of well-being.  This course will have lots of practical sessions to consolidate your learning.

The Course Instructorsare senior students at Drogmi Buddhist Institute in Sydney. They have been practicing meditation for many years under the guidance of the resident teacher Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe. 

 

MOVIE FUNDRAISER – SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

 

DATE: 24 MAY

 

TIME: 4-6PM

 

COST: $30 INCLUDES DRINKS AND SNACKS

 

 

 

Tibetan Language Six Week Course

 

DATE: Wednesdays 11, 18, 25 June then 4, 23 and 30 July

 

TIME: 7:30-9:00 PM 

 

VENUE: 37 Albert Parade, Ashfield

 

COST: $12 per session / $60 full course

 

 With Lama Kalsang

 

In this six week course students will learn the Tibetan alphabet, to read and write script and Tibetan vocabulary. It is designed for both those with minimal prior learning of Tibetan, and for those wanting a refresher.  Classes are fun and a great way to fuel our studies.  It is recommended that Dharma students have some understanding of the Tibetan language and this is a great opportunity to learn.

 

 

 

EVENT: WESAK (SAGA DAWA)

 

DATES: 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE. Saga Dawa is the entire fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. The seventh day of Saga Dawa is the day of the historical Buddha's birth for Tibetans. However, the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and entry into Nirvana at his death are observed together on the 15th day of Saga Dawa, which in 2014 is June 13.

 

Saga Dawa is the holiest time of the Tibetan year and a peak time for pilgrimages.

 

THE MOST HOLY TIME IN THE TIBETAN CALENDAR.

 

FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE ARE ASKED TO RECITE MANTRA DURING THIS HOLY MONTH, KHENPO LA SPECIFICALLY REQUESTS RECITING 100 VAJRASATTVA MANTRA OM VAJRA SATTVA HUM PER DAY.

 

YOU CAN SPONSOR 100 CANDLE LIGHT OFFERINGS AS THROUGHOUT THIS MONTH UNTIL FROM 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE A TOTAL OF  108 PER DAY WILL BE OFFERED. ALSO TO TRY AS MUCH TO BE VEGETARIAN THIS MONTH.

 

ON SPECIAL DAYS DURING THIS MONTH AT THE CENTRE:

 

5 JUNE: BIRTH OF BUDDHA. LIGHT OFFERINGS AND BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI PRACTICE 

 

TIME: 7:30PM-8:30PM

 

13 JUNE: SAGA DAWA DUCHEN:  LIGHT OFFERINGS IN THE EVENING ONLY

 

14 JUNE: SAGA DAWA DUCHEN: LIGHT OFFERINGS, PRECEPTS AND 16 ARHAT PUJA AND COMMUNITY LUNCH.  COST BY DONATION

 

PROGRAM:6:30AM-7.30AM Precepts, 7:30AM-8:30AM Breakfast, 9:00AM-11:00AM 16 Arhat Puja 11:30AM-1:00PM Lunch.

 

27-28 JUNE: MANTRA MARATHON. RECITING 4 MANTRAS FOR 24 HOURS: TARA, COMPASSION, MEDICINE BUDDHA AND VAJRASATTVA at the completion of the holy month of Wesak.

 

TIME: 7:30PM-7:30PM (FULL 24 HOURS)

 

BY DONATION. FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS SPONSORED BY KHENPO LA OVER THIS TIME.

 

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME DROGMI BUDDHIST INSTITUTE HAS PERFORMED THIS 24 HOUR MANTRA MARATHON RECITATION IN AUSTRALIA. IN KEEPING WITH A LONG TIBETAN TRADITION, KHENPO LA HAS REQUESTED THAT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE JOIN IN ON THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT. IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE, TO KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE VIRTUOUS.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

 

YOU CAN ALSO VOLUNTEER TO HELP PREPARE AND SERVE FOOD AND DRINKS DURING THIS 24 HOUR PERIOD TO ALL IN ATTENDANCE. TO ENSURE THERE IS NO BREAK IN THE RECITING, COULD YOU PLEASE NOMINATE A TIME IN THE DAY, SAY A FEW HOURS WHAT YOU CAN, SO THAT THE ORGANISERS CAN ENSURE THE RECITING CONTINUES AND THAT THERE IS ADEQUATE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS FOR EVERYONE.

 

 

 

PUBLIC TALK BY KHENPO LA - TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED

DATE: FRIDAY 11 JULY

TIME: 7:30-9:00PM

VENUE: 37 ALBERT PARADE ASHFIELD

 

MOMO WORKSHOP:   FUNDRAISER

DATE: SATURDAY 19JULY.  BOOKINGS BY 17 JULY FOR CATERING PURPOSES

TIME: 11:00AM-2:00PM

COST: ADULTS: $40 CHILDREN: $25 INCLUDES INGREDIENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

Meditation Practices

Our current regular meditation practices include:

  • Green Tara puja
  • Shamatha meditation practice
  • Chenrezig sadhana practice
  • Vajrasattva/Medicine Buddha practice

[Regular practice programme...]

Teaching Programme in and Around Sydney

Sapan Shedra

In 2012 Khenpo-la commenced teaching the Sapan Shedra course in three locations: the Sydney Centre, Richmond and Blue Mountains (Lawson). Sapan Shedra is a four year structured Shedra programme, designed to give people an opportunity to study Buddhist philosophy teachings. This course draws on some of the most fundamental and profound texts in the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

“Sapan” was a loving name by which Sakya Pandita (1182-1251 AD) was widely and affectionately known and the Drogmi Buddhist Institute Sapan Shedra course is so named in His honour.

[About Sapan Shedra...]
[Sapan Shedra recorded teachings...]

2014 Shedra locations and topics

  • Sydney (Ashfield Centre): Topic for 2014 – “400 Verses on the Middle Way” by Aryadeva.
  • Richmond: Topic for 2014 – Mind Training.
  • Blue Mountains (Lawson): Topic for 2014 – Mind Training.

[Full details of 2014 Sapan Shedra programme...]

Teaching Programme Around Australia and New Zealand

Khenpo-la has a busy teaching programme around Australia and New Zealand:

[Full details of Khenpo's teaching programme...]

Retreats

During 2014, the following retreats will be held in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Central Australia:

Compassion, Calm Abiding and Vajrasattva Retreat

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory 2-8 June 2014



Khenpo-la will be leading his second group retreat to Uluru in June this year. Uluru is one of the most sacred places in Australia, being at the countries heart and centre. Aboriginal Australians have known this for generations, and now other Australians are discovering the great significance and beauty of this location. Many great Buddhist Masters have visited central Australia. This is an extremely rare opportunity to travel to a very special place with such a teacher of Khenpo-la's qualities. Each day of the retreat will start with viewing Uluru at sunrise, then teachings during the day and in the evening the breathtaking views of Uluru at sunset.

Retreat Program 2 June: Arrive in Alice Springs/transfers to hotel/group dinner.
3 June: Sightseeing in Alice Springs/lunch/depart for Uluru.
4-7 June: Teaching program including meditation on Aboriginal land with permission of Land Owners and viewings of Uluru at sunrise and sunset.
8 June: Viewings of Uluru at sunrise then transfers to airport.

Registration for Option 1 and Option 2 includes: Airport transfer to hotel in Alice Springs, teachings, accommodation, travel within the Northern Territory and all meals/drinks at Uluru. Registration costs do not include: travel (e.g. airfares) to and from the Northern Territory and meals other than breakfast in Alice Springs. Registration for Option 3 includes: Teachings and food at Uluru only.
Does not include accommodation or transport.

COST:

Option 1: Shared apartment accommodation/ $1,440; Membership discount $1,300.
Option 2: Camping at Uluru/ $1,220; Membership discount $1,100. (need to supply own camping equipment)
Option 3: Local package/$520; Membership discount $470.

To Register: A non-refundable deposit of $400 is to be made by 25 February with the remaining amount to be paid by 5 May.

Please deposit this amount to Drogmi Buddhist Institute / NAB BSB: 082 338 Account: 165741384 Code Name: ULURU

For flights, please book arriving Alice Springs 2 June/departing from Uluru 8 June. (good deals are available now through Qantas, Jet Star and Virgin Airlines). For further information on this retreat do not hesitate to contact Ann on 0403 779 099 or email the centre at: info@drogmi.org

  • Annual Shamatha Retreat: (Labour Day Long Weekend, residential ) at Ararat Lodge, Colo: Friday Oct 2-11
    Commences 7pm Friday and concludes Saturday 2pm. The Shamatha retreat is all about rejuvenation - being eight days long, this retreat gives time to establish spiritual foundations strong enough to benefit us for the rest of the year, indeed the rest of our lives. Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe will give detailed teachings on the Seven Point Mind Training at this year's retreat. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to receive these fundamental Buddhist teachings over 8 days.

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