A Warm Welcome From Geshe Kalsang Rapgyal
Executive Director of Drepung Gomang Center For Engaging Compassion - Louisville's Tibetan Buddhist & Compassion Education Center
Louisville's Center for Tibetan Buddhism
Experience weekly Tibetan Buddhist teachings, meditation & special ceremonies in the tranquil setting of the Tashi Gomang Dharma Center Shrine Room
Compassion Education Center
Offering classes in Compassion Engagement, Mind Training, Earth Reverence and Nonviolence Education for our Louisville community
Drepung Gomang Monastery
We are the North American Seat of Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India... home to over 2000 monks
Helping Preserve The Endangered Tibetan Culture
Working to raise awareness and support the fragile existence of Tibet
Interfaith Dialogue & Peacemaking
Promoting a pathway to peace and understanding between cultures and religious traditions
Sacred Arts Tour
Host & National Coordinator for the touring Drepung Gomang Monks as they promote compassion & Tibetan culture throughout the USA
Twenty Years of Service in the Louisville Community
What is the connection between the high plateaus of Tibet, nearly ten thousand miles away, and the Ohio River Valley? Why did Tibetan Buddhist monks take up residence in Louisville?
Twenty years ago, three Louisvillians met a traveling group of Tibetan monks visiting the United States from Drepung Gomang Monastery in India. These three women envisioned Louisville as a hospitable home for a Tibetan Buddhist education center.
When Catherine McCliment, Carol Stewart, and Amy Peterson incorporated Drepung Gomang Institute on October 1, 2001 they did not yet have a location or funds. However they had a compelling experience of the compassion and loving-kindness that these Tibetan Buddhist monks shared so freely - which was enough to energize their efforts.
Twenty years later a passion for sharing universal human values and compassion teachings from both a Buddhist perspective and from an inclusive non-religious perspective continues to propel DGCEC’s service in our community.
Join us over these next months as we share some of DGCEC’s passion, wisdom and engagement in our region. Each "Keeping Louisville Compassionate" email will open a window into an aspect or offering DGCEC open-heartedly shares with you.
Dedication Prayer, March 31, 2020 concluding a 12-day intensive ritual and the creation of a Medicine Buddha Sacred Sand Mandala. These prayers were offered to ease the suffering of COVID-19 crisis around the globe, and were followed by prayers for all those who have died from the virus.
Saka Dawa Day: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Commemoration of the Conception, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni
This important Tibetan Buddhist festival day, Saka Dawa (the 15th day of the fourth month on the full moon), is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar. It marks, in a single day, the occurrence of the three sacred deeds of the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni: his conception, enlightenment and passing away (parinirvana).
Practitioners understand that any actions during Saka Dawa – both auspicious and harmful – are multiplied in their strength. Therefore, this is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to the path and to study.
DGCEC invites you to register for one or both of these auspicious gatherings:
Bodhichitta / Awakened Mind Practice
Wednesday, May 26, 8:00am, via Zoom. REGISTER HERE, at DrepungGomangUSA.org, or call 502-614-5616 to receive the Zoom Link.
Guru Puja Practice, Great Appreciation Prayer of the Buddha of Compassion and Offering of the Heart Sutra for World Peace
Wednesday, May 26, 5:00 – 6:00pm, via Zoom. REGISTER HERE, at DrepungGomangUSA.org, or call 502-614-5616 to receive the Zoom Link.
DGCEC Continues Prayers for All Who are Suffering in this Pandemic
Geshe Rapgyal and Geshe Gedun hold in special prayer all who are ill, all mourning the death of loved-ones, all health care workers and support workers, and first responders who risk their lives to assist others at this time. We remember also all who stand for peace and nonviolence, with special attention to all suffering from racial injustice. Available on Facebook LIVE.
Weekdays, 10am: Medicine Buddha Ritual and Mantras, Green Tara Mantras and Tea Puja
Please note that these rituals are ONLINE only. For the most recent ritual, CLICK HERE. The center is not open to visitors, members or friends for the safety of all.
Featured Dharma Offerings: During the Pandemic all offerings are on Facebook or through Zoom
Featured Compassion Education Center Offerings
This Week at DGCEC