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.
[About Drogmi Buddhist Institute...]
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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

  • Path to Happiness - Middle Way
    Buddhist Library 90 Church Street, Camperdown, on Tuesday 8th April 2014, from 7pm-9pm.
    Khenpo la will be a guest speaker at the Buddhist Library at Camperdown, on Tuesday 8th April 2014, from 7pm-9pm.

    Khenpo will speak on the "Path to Happiness - Middle Way". For further information please visit the Buddhist Library website.


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...]


During 2014, the following 4 retreats will be held in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Central Australia:

Mindfulness and Shamatha Retreat (Easter): 18-20 April at Ararat Lodge, 1055 Upper Colo Rd., Upper Colo.
Learn the ancient skills of single pointed meditation (Shamatha) and develop the method of Mindfulness. These meditations have been refined over the centuries to help us bring greater peace and happiness to our lives.

Starts 10:00am Friday and finishes 3:00pm Sunday.

Dormitory accommodation is now full.  Camping space still available.

Full retreat camping $250.00.  Member discount $225.00.

Includes teaching,  meals, refreshments and accommodation.  

Daily attendance (no accommodation) $110.00.  Includes teaching,  lunch and refreshments.



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.


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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