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

DGCEC Remains Closed to All Visitors

Please review our diverse offerings via the Zoom platform.


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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Monks of DGCEC - Dedication Prayer

DGCEC Continues Prayers for All Who are Suffering in this Pandemic

Geshe Rapgyal, Geshe Sonam 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.

Prayers offered on the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, Saturday, September 11, 2021: HERE.

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Featured Dharma Offerings: During the Pandemic all offerings are on Facebook or through Zoom

Wednesday - Meditation

Community meditation with chanting and prayers

All Welcome!

with the Monks of DGCEC

Wednesdays 7 - 8 pm

Saturday & Sunday - Buddhist Teachings

All Welcome

with Geshe Rapgyal

Saturday 3:30 - 5 pm

Sunday 10 - Noon

Special Dharma Classes

Special Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Classes

All Welcome

with Geshe Rapgyal

Registration Required

Sacred Arts Tour

Sacred Arts Tour - Events

Find out more about house blessings, sand mandalas, and cultural performances

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Monthly - Green Tara Sadhana

Prayers and Offerings to Green Tara

All Welcome!

with DGCEC Monks

Saturday 10 - noon

Deity Meditation Retreat

Different Deity practice each month

Registration Required

Saturday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Prayer Held on the Full Moon

Prayers and Offerings at the time of the full moon

All Welcome!


Visiting Dharma Teachers

We are honored to host many esteemed teachers

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Offerings for the Community

Pujas, House Blessings, and Special Rituals 

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Featured Compassion Education Center Offerings

Compassion Cultivation Training

Cutting edge training backed by Stanford research, and the Dalai Lama

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with Anne Walter

Wednesday - Noontime Meditation

Led by various leaders and in various meditation styles

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All Welcome!

Wednesdays 12:10 - 12:50 pm

Friday - Early Morning Meditation

Start the day with an "Awakening Meditation" session

Drop in

All Welcome!

with Peter Buecker, MD

Fridays  7:30 - 8 am

Sacred Arts Tour - Events

Find out more about house blessings, sand mandalas, and cultural performances

Click for their 2019/20 Tour Schedule

Louisville's Arms of Compassion

Stand in solidarity with family and friends of those who have been murdered recently.

All Welcome!

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Fridays  12:00 - 12:30 pm

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Discover the many ways in which your support can help us grow compassion in the world

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