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

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

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.