New Compassion Education Center

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Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion provides new opportunities for each of us to learn engaged compassion, take steps toward a peace-filled mind, experience deeper kindness, tolerance and nonviolence in our personal life, and to enter into intentional care for all in the world around us.

We become whole and healthy people, more fully human, when we expand our inner self, train our mind to be calm, and by cultivating a compassionate, altruistic life attitude. This path transcends religious traditions and cultural differences.

When His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama blessed DGI in 2013 he challenged us to expand to a center of education that teaches the philosophy of compassion from a non-religious perspective. This “secular ethics” is the foundation of his formula for world peace: compassionate engagement, altruistic living, and fostering interfaith understanding.


dl with volsExpanding Mission – Compassion Vision

  • OFFERING classes, workshops and programs that grow compassionate engagement at home and in the civic environment
  • TEACHING engaged compassion: interfaith understanding, the interconnectedness of all, steps toward kind-heart and calm-mind, nonviolent living, walking with compassion on the Earth, mindfulness meditation, great peacemakers
  • GENERATING bridge-building conversations on lived compassion across the divides of age, neighborhood, and house of worship
  • COLLABORATING with local organizations – including Center for Interfaith Relations, Interfaith Paths to Peace and Compassionate Louisville – to guide the growth of a healthy community
  • PROVIDING a spiritual home for the interfaith and secular seeker

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  • An inviting COMMUNITY MEETING SPACE that seats 85
  • Five RETREAT ROOMS for overnight silent and guided practice
  • Four PRIVATE ROOMS for resident monks and to provide housing for visiting dignitaries, teachers, and presenters

Green Building for Sustainable Care for the Earth and for Future Generations

  • SOLAR PANELS to provide a significant portion of electrical need
  • RESPONSIBLE insulation, lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and water heating
  • RETROFIT of the current building and Shrine Room for environmental sustainability

The Green Building Plan of the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion

Making a statement about Compassionate Care for our Earth Home

  • Affirmed by His Holiness’s guidance and Buddhist teachings
  • Conscious care for resources – being attentive to renewables
  • Conscious care for all beings and all things; making choices that recognize our interconnectedness to everyone, including those most harmed by global  climate change: marginalized and impoverished people around the world
  • Educating members to transform personal and community choices

Connecting with International and Interfaith Movements

  • Consistent teachings by major religious leaders
  • Part of the greening-congregations movement worldwide

Balancing Earth Care and Fiscal Responsibility

  • In line with priorities of eco-conscious donors
  • Modeling sustainability in the city
  • Investing in care for future generations
  • Employing careful, responsible use of energy efficient materials and appliances, insulation, windows, and lighting to minimize use of power
  • Generating more than half of the electricity needed through photovoltaic solar panel technology that shrinks both our carbon footprint and our energy bills

Caring for Creation

According to Buddhist teaching, there is a very close interdependence between the natural environment and the sentient beings living in it. His Holiness teaches about it this way:

“Since I deeply believe that human beings are basically gentle by nature, I feel that we should not only maintain gentle, peaceful relations with our fellow human beings bur also that is very important to extend the same kind of attitude toward the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment.

“Then there is another viewpoint, not just a question of ethics but a question of our own survival. The environment is very important not only for this generation but also for future generations. If we exploit the environment in extreme ways, even though we may get some money or other benefit from it now, in the long run we ourselves will suffer and future generations will suffer.”   ― His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, 1990

His Holiness Dalai Lama with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

His Holiness Dalai Lama with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has repeatedly spoken with great emphasis about caring for the environment and each person’s responsibility for change. He initiated the Khoryug movement (Tibetan for “surrounding land” or environment) and has been outspoken on our responsibility to care for all of creation. From his website we read:

KHORYUG is a network of Buddhist monasteries and centers in the Himalayas working together on environmental protection of the Himalayan region with the aim of practically applying the values of compassion and interdependence towards the Earth and all living beings that dwell here. As Buddhist practitioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first.”

Leaders of many other religious traditions stress that care for the Earth is central to caring not only for vulnerable people today, but for the grandchildren of our great grandchildren.

Building Compassion Inside and Out

DGCEC is committed to applying the core Buddhist philosophic tenant of non-harm and interconnectedness to the construction of our building extension. Applications are as follows:

Existing Building

  •  Electric rewiring and lighting fixture upgrade
  •  Spray foam insulation on roof deck
  •  Upgrade HVAC equipment and ductwork

Building Extension

  •  Efficient electric wiring and lighting
  •  Spray foam insulation for ceiling cap and optimal wall insulation
  •  Dual flush and low water volume toilets
  •  Low water volume shower heads
  •  Energy Star rated double-glazed windows with efficient insulation and sealing
  •  Light-colored roofing shingles to assist with summer cooling
  •  Low VOC concrete flooring
  •  Water based and low VOC paint
  •  HVAC systems employing a heat pump with gas furnace back up; two stage heating  process for efficiency; well insulated and sealed ductwork
  •  Solar Panels – 70 x 280 W (19.6 kW solar array producing 23,520 kWh/year
  • Efficient Gas Water Heaters
  • Rain Barrels (500 gal) to collect rainwater for use in landscaping

Help Us Fulfill This Remarkable Vision and Donate Today…!

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