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).