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.

Why We Are Named Pema Karpo

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

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

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.

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We are a federally recognized non-profit 501c3 organization. Donations are tax exempt according to law.

Silent Meditation Monday thru Thursday Evenings 5 PM - 7 PM . You are welcome to come and go at any time during the 2 hour period. We ask that silence be kept from arrival through departure. We will have a time keeper and the space prepared with meditation cushions and chairs. FLYER link please post or share

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-12:30 PM. We will have 20 minutes of meditation followed by chants in English and a talk by Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche.

1st Sunday of each month - Lunch after service at Thai Basil - 2845 Bartlett BlvdBartlettTN 38134 Cross Streets: On Bartlett Blvd just South of the intersection of Bartlett Blvd and Stage Rd. In shopping center across from Kroger.

3rd Wednesday of Each Month - Tonglen (Sending and Taking) 7-7:20PM. Come early to sit before the practice session.

We are located between the red roofed Vietnamese Buddhist Temple complex and the Breath of Life Church. Look for a wooden fence and turn in the driveway. Park in the lot and walk up to the small yellow building coming in the middle door with the concrete accessibility ramp. Leave your shoes on the shoe racks and come into the meditation room.

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.