Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is one of the most knowledgeable and respected teachers of the practice and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia.
Drogmi Buddhist Institute's home base is the Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre at the foot of Mount Gulaga, near Tilba on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Program of live stream practices and teachings
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe has developed a program of live streamed practices and teachings.
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23 May – 21 June 2020
Saga Dawa is the most holy month in the Tibetan calendar.
Drogmi Buddhist Institute has a program of events to celebrate this most auspicious month.
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A new message on Covid 19 from Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe
We are all caught up in the COVID 19 pandemic, which is causing uncertainty in all our lives and causing disturbances mentally, emotionally and economically. Right now we are facing big challenges, so I advise everyone not to panic. It is very important to reflect upon all the dharma teachings we have received in the past and put them into action. For the good aspect of COVID 19 is that if we can remain in a state of mindfulness and follow all of the health professionals’ advice, then there is no chance of getting this disease.
Emotionally and mentally, we need to remember that there is no one more professional than Lord Buddha. His main teachings show us how to keep a healthy mind, and this positive mind is for the benefit of all beings. This mind is the remedy for this pandemic and for any other adverse circumstance.
If we all can keep our mind completely positive, that is, if we can wish that all others are to be happy, that no one faces challenges and that everyone will be free from all difficulties, if we can develop love and compassion and remain in this state, this will be the best medicine to keep the mind and emotions healthy.
Conventionally, the Buddha’s teachings are about impermanence, which is good and bad. This pandemic will not last, it will end sooner or later. Until then, please take the responsibility to protect yourself and to help others to not spread this disease. The pandemic is an excellent opportunity to take more time to practice by oneself or with loved ones. It is such a rare opportunity to have this kind of time. I strongly recommend that you chant the Medicine Buddha, Parṇaśavarī, Tara and Compassion mantras, which can help ease our fear of this disease. The fear is also a sentient being. We can send loving-kindness and compassion to this being, so it can be free from its negative karma. I also recommend that you practice Lojong meditation (the exchanging meditation).
We can view these current circumstances in a negative and selfish way, or we can think from a dharmic point of view, that this is a perfect opportunity to practice the dharma. We must not think that we are in isolation and restricted. This time with oneself and others is also a time for our precious Mother Planet to rest, so let us take advantage of this time.
At the end of the day, this is not a bad time, although we sincerely offer our prayers for all who are sick and for all those who have passed away from this disease. As well, we offer prayers for all the committed health workers and all other beings who keep the world less stressed and provide help in so many ways in order to bring comfort to all.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We can pray that all beings be free from this disease all over the world.
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe
Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Tilba NSW Australia
Coronavirus update from the DBI committee
Here are the updated arrangements we have put in place to ensure that we keep our Teacher and all visitors to our centres as safe as possible.
We keep in our prayers the many people who have contracted the virus, those who have passed away, those who are unwell and those who are concerned about their health more generally, especially those most at risk.
In line with Government restrictions on places of worship, we have suspended all regular meditation sessions at Kamalashila and Croydon centres until further notice.
All other scheduled programs up until August are cancelled.
We will advise on new dates for the Uluru trip once that is determined.
We are not agreeing to any new requests for people to stay at Kamalashila Centre for the foreseeable future.
Anyone wanting to visit the Centre needs to have the approval of a Committee member in advance.
The following conditions will also continue to apply for anyone who has permission to visit the Centre:
• No one is allowed to visit who is exhibiting cold or flu symptoms
• No one is allowed to visit who has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed COVID-19 or is being tested for COVID-19
• No one is allowed to visit who has travelled from overseas without a 14 day period of self-isolation
• Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading - this includes regular washing of hands, the use of hand sanitiser and appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette.
• Physical distancing of 1.5m or more is required in all circumstances and no physical contact is permitted.
We will continue to follow all directives issued by the Governments of New South Wales and the Federal Government. Further the latest updates, please visit www.health.gov.au.
We hope to arrange for Khenpo to give teachings and talks online in the near future. Further information will be provided once the program is finalised.
We thank you for your understanding in these very challenging times when so many beings are encountering such great suffering.
The image accompanying this post is a special protection mandala. We suggest you also view the post with His Holiness Sakya Trichen giving the transmission to protect against epidemics. Also please read again Khenpo-la's wonderful message from a few days ago.
Please take good care of your own health and pray for the health and long lives of our precious Masters and the welfare of all sentient beings. Thank you.
General Committee – Updated 24 March 2020
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