From Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July the White Conch Group, in collaboration with the Rigpa Brisbane Centre, hosted Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe in Brisbane.
Rigpa Brisbane and White Conch first made a connection on the occasion of the His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin’s visit to Brisbane in 2003 which was organised by Rigpa Brisbane in collaboration with Khenpo la. Since that time Khenpo la has visited us for weekend teachings many times, covering topics such as the “Seven Points of Training the Mind”, “Triple Vision”, “Parting from the Four Attachments”, Nagarjuna’s “Letter to a Friend”, selected chapters from Aryadeva’s “400 Stanzas”, and “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva”.
This time Khenpo la taught on “The Sutra Recollecting the Qualities of the Three Jewels”, which is an important text for helping us accumulate merit and arouse the faith required for taking refuge and giving rise to bodhicitta.
Khenpo la’s skilful presentation of the qualities of the Three Jewels worked like a mirror in which we were able to clearly see ourselves in our present, unenlightened state, along with our potential for attaining enlightenment. We felt very fortunate to receive these teachings from a teacher as rare and excellent as Khenpo la, who is not only extraordinarily learned, but also embodies the essence of the teachings in the style of a true and dedicated practitioner.
It was a joyful occasion of sharing good dharma in good company, with around 30 people attending Khenpo la’s teaching at the Rigpa Brisbane centre. Upon his arrival on Friday, Khenpo la generously consecrated a number of statues for our dharma centre and for individual students. This was our first teaching event with Khenpo la since the lockdowns and uncertainty caused by the Covid pandemic. We are very grateful to Khenpo la for visiting us this year. We pray that he will live long and in good health, and that he will return to our centre again and again in years to come. ~ Jan van der Breggen