Our purpose

We are a non-profit Buddhist group based in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. Guided by Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, we offer programs that promote study and development of the mind in accordance to the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism. We are committed to provide the opportunity for people to fully realise their natural wisdom and compassion; achieve transformation of their minds and hearts in order to benefit all sentient beings.

Our history

Motivated by quest for Buddhist teachings, a few people in Wagga were keen to start some practice together. We first met Ven. Chokyi end of 2013 when she provided some advice on preliminary practices we could do as a group. Since then, a few of us gathered together at private residences to meditate and discuss some Buddhist texts. Not very long later in April 2014, we were very priviledged to have met Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma, pictured) when she provided further advice about starting a Buddhist group. Khadro-la is an extraordinary Buddhist teacher and practitioner who is regarded as a wisdom dakini and oracle to the Dalai Lama. More stories about Khadro-la can be found here.

With Ven. Chokyi's help and guidance, we asked for this group to be formed under FPMT, under spiritual guidance of Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (Rinpoche). Rinpoche then gave us the name 'Potowa' and our group was officially formed in June 2015. We are now closely guided by Vajrayana Institute, where Ven. Chokyi acts as our Advisor. As a FPMT study group, we are also known as Potowa Study Group. 

Potowa is the name of a high lama during 9th century. Potowa Rinchen Sel Chokle Namgyel is one of the three main disciples of Dromton Gyelwa Jungne, who is the main disciple of Atisha Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (c.982-1054). 

What is a FPMT Study Group?

FPMT study groups are groups which are using this status as a probationary period before a group becomes a legal entity and a full FPMT center.

FPMT Study Groups are not yet affiliated with the FPMT, and therefore do not have the same responsibilities as a center, financially or administratively. FPMT Study Groups are required to work towards becoming an FPMT center, project or service.

Buddhism in the West and the FPMT