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 is Active with Online Events

We still have many ways to connect with you despite our physical center being closed!  Take a few moments to see what Compassion, Nonviolence and Meditation courses we are offering via Zoom under our "For All Classes and Events" button below.

Prayers for all Suffering in the Pandemic

Since March 17, Geshe Rapgyal, Honorable Minyak Rinpoche, and Drepung Gomang monks have offered twice daily special prayers and rituals for all suffering in any way in this pandemic, for all who have died, and for all working for a more just world. We invite everyone of all traditions to commit to compassion practice during this time.

Connect in remotely during the prayer times through our Facebook Live (details below).  For the most recent live recording CLICK HERE.

Twelve Days Toward Peace:

International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21 to International Day of Nonviolence, Friday, October 2

Join community members for DGCEC's sixth annual effort to raise awareness about nonviolence as an essential way of living. In this challenging time where institutionalized violence in policing and negative national rhetoric highlights the need for racial justice and respect for each person, we offer opportunities for expanding understanding.

International Day of Peace: Monday, Sept 21 - Mark this day by joining our Morning Practice for Nonviolence at 7:30am or our Compassion and Gratitude Nonviolence Tools Workshop at 11am

Morning Practice for Nonviolence: Daily, 7:30am, Zoom (sign up for the Zoom link)

"Righteous Anger and Seeking Restoration" Nonviolence Tools Workshop with Nicole Y. Ward: Thursday, October 1, 7- 8pm, Zoom (Register: Free for those in need, $10 donation suggested)

International Day of Nonviolence: “Racial Justice, Nonviolence, and the Wisdom of Great Peacemakers: Speaking to Today’s Challenges Through the Teachings of Dr. King, Mahatma Gandhi, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama”: Friday, October 2, 10 – 11:30am, Zoom (Register: $10 or FREE for those in need)

Twice Daily Prayer for Nonviolence: Weekdays, 10am and 4:30pm (Live on Facebook - Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion)

Peacemakers Walk:  Read about great practitioners of nonviolence on the display on DGCEC's Front Lawn, all 12 Days (park near the street at the front of the center’s property and walk there)

Peacemakers to Light the Path: Reflections about the lives and wisdom of great nonviolence practitioners, one each day to inspire you (Read on Facebook - Twelve Days Toward Peace)

Thanks for all who helped DGCEC through Give for Good Louisville on Thursday, September 17! With your help and 124 other donors we raised over $18,000 in 24 hours - a true blessing for our compassion-growing mission. Sincere and heartfelt gratitude for believing in us!

Dedication Prayer, March 31, 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 During the Pandemic, from wildfires and racial injustice

During Twelve Days Toward Peace - September 21 to October 2 - we add a special intention for nonviolence

Geshe Rapgyal, Honorable Minyak Rinpoche, and Drepung Gomang monks 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.  Our prayers also for all affected by the wildfires in the Western US. Available on Facebook LIVE.

Monday, September 28and Tuesday, September 29

10am:  Medicine Buddha Ritual and Mantras, Green Tara Mantras

4:30pm:  Great Aspiration Prayer for All People Who Have Died of Covid-19 with Tea Puja

Wednesday, September 30

10am:  Medicine Buddha Ritual and Mantras, Green Tara Mantras - part of a 12 Hour Vigil for Nonviolence

7pm:  Community Meditation with DGCEC Prayer Book and silent meditation

Thursday, October 1 

10am:  Medicine Buddha Ritual and Mantras, Green Tara Mantras and invitation to recommit to Awakened Mind (Bodhichitta) on the Full Moon

No 4:30pm prayer

5:30pm:  Join us for 100 Lamps Prayer as part of "Resist China with Compassion"  (please register to get the Zoom Link)

Friday, October 2

10am: TBA

4:30pm:  Great Aspiration Prayer for All People Who Have Died of Covid-19 with Tea Puja

Please note that these rituals are ONLINE only. The center is not open to visitors, members or friends for the safety of all.

Please join us virtually online, on Facebook, or offer prayer from your own location. Together - even if separated - we can make a difference for our community.


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Engaging Compassion in These Times

Enjoy the recording of this wonderful event

with Thupten Jinpa, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Louisville Heroes - Recorded Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Commemorating the Seventh Anniversary of Engaging Compassion 2013 and the Auspicious Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville and encouraging our innate ability to be people of compassion.


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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

Click for the 2019/20 Tour Schedule



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

Drop in

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!

Call DGCEC Office for Dates

Fridays  12:00 - 12:30 pm

Giving - How To Support Us

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

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