on seven acres in Memphis, TN, Pema Karpo Meditation Center
is a retreat center inspired and guided by the teachings
of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism. The center hosts local and regional
practitioners who come for meditation, classes, feasts and
Gawang Rinpoche, founder and spiritual
director of our center, resides in Memphis. Tibetan
Buddhist scholar, monastic, and meditation
teacher, he was sent to teach in the USA by his main teacher,
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Eight Fold Meaning of Choosing Pema Karpo (White Lotus) as the
name of our center:
When Shakyamuni Buddha was born, it is told that he took seven
steps in each of the four directions. As he took each step
a white lotus appeared behind him.
Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the great tantric master who
truly brought Buddhism to Tibet, was said to have been born
in the middle of a beautiful lake on a large white lotus. One
of his names is Pema Jungney - the lotus born one.
The root teacher of Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, His Holiness Pema
Norbu Rinpoche's name means Jewel
The white lotus is commonly used in teaching stories as the
lotus grows in the mud and up through the mud but is not stained
and Bodhisattvas take birth in samsara yet their nature remains
purely awake.We are born into and believe in samsara but our
indwelling Buddha nature is never stained by samsara.
center is dedicated to the dharma of awakening and we are located
on the banks of the Muddy Mississippi River.
We use a Shakyamuni Buddha practice as the main sutrayana litergy
for our center. It was composed by Ju Mipham (1846-1912)
and the commentary's name is Pema Karpo.
In the Seven Line Supplication to Padmasambhava he is referred
to as Padmakara which means the Lotus Born.
For the Vajrayana we use the commentary by Ju Mipham on the
Seven Line Supplication named Pema Karpo.