Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, is the founder and spiritual director of PKMC. Tibetan Buddhist scholar, monastic, and meditation teacher, he was sent to teach in the USA by his main teacher, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

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The more we know ourselves the happier we will be - KGR

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Sunday May 8th - Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche Welcome Back - Please come to the 11 AM service. We want to fill the center to over-flowing to express our happiness and support for him and his work....especially when it is in Memphis! He will be attending Friday night, May 6th too.

New 2016 Projects: Roof Replacement, Tara Convent and Shakyamuni Buddha Statue

All are welcome to attend Pema Karpo services in person or online.

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We have sitting meditation on Friday night from 7-8:00 PM and a Sunday service from 11 AM -12:30 PM which includes meditation, chanting in English and a discussion.

We do not have a prerequisite for new people prior to attending. Both sessions are free, open and everyone is welcome. Rinpoche often says that a dharma center is a place for everyone to come, relax and be present together. It is a place to be happy.

Cushions, chairs and chant books are available at the center. You can also bring your own cushion if you have one you like to use for meditation.

Friday Night we have meditation from 7-8 PM. We will be sitting for one hour in 20 minute sessions with a short time of stretching and breathing exercises in the middle.

Sunday Morning Service is from 11AM-12:30PM. We will have 20 minutes of sitting followed by chants, and a guided discussion alternating between Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche's book, Your Mind Is Your Teacher and the text, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva which is in the chantbook. Topics and Reading For Sunday - Download PDF

Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be a a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia for the Spring 2016 semester returning on May 4th.

Located on eleven acres in Memphis, TN, Pema Karpo Meditation Center is inspired and guided by the teachings of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism. The center welcomes local and regional practitioners who come for meditation, dharma teachings, classes and celebrations.