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Coronavirus Precautions and Practices

DCI’s Precautions and Practices to Help Protect From and Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

On this page you will find:

  • Precautions We are Taking at DCI

  • Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Practice Advice to Protect from the Coronavirus

  • Daily Practice of this Advice at DCI

  • Opportunities to Sponsor daily practices of this advice at DCI – offerings & dedications – and the purchase of extra sanitation supplies to support DCI during this time.

Precautions We are Taking at DCI

Update: 23 March 2020

In light of our Prime Minister’s latest announcement 23.3.20 that NZ is at Level 3 Alert for 48 hours while essential services prepare and then NZ will be at Level 4 Alert for 4 weeks (minimum), till further notice Dorje Chang Institute will:

  1. Close to the public, including both students and visitors. 

  2. Classes will continue in the form of audio recordings that will be available to those who wish to “attend” – these will be downloadable via link on request (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors will be facility fee free as usual and others we request the normal facility fee contribution if they are able). Click here to learn more about the DCI Audio Recording Service where you can request audio recordings for classes.

  3. Pujas will continue to be done at the centre by the resident Sangha and DCI residents who wish to join. Sponsorship of dedications at pujas will continue. You can request an audio recording of the Medicine Buddha Puja through the DCI Audio Recording Service – click here for details and you can download a pdf copy of Medicine Buddha Puja here from the FPMT.

  4. The prayers and practices for Coronavirus will continue to be done daily at the centre. These prayers, offerings and dedications are also sponsorable. You are welcome to do these mantras and prayers advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at home. You can request an audio recording of the updated prayers and practices for Coronavirus at DCI through the DCI Audio Recording Service – click here for details.

  5. Also temporarily there will be no appointments with Geshe Wangchen. If you need advice from Geshe-la you can email your questions to DCI.

  6. If people would like to help support the centre during this time we would encourage those who are able, if not already a Dharma Friend Monthly Contributor, to consider becoming one. Also one off or recurring donations are also welcome.

This is a short announcement of our updated precaution plan in accordance with the NZ Government’s latest recommendations. It is effective immediately. Thank you for your understanding and support at this important time. Take care of one another.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Practice Advice

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised certain prayers and mantras that one can do to help protect oneself and others from the Coronavirus, as well as to help stop the spread of the virus. Rinpoche recently added additional advice.

These practices are being done daily at Dorje Chang Institute and offerings and dedications can be sponsored. These practices can also be done individually.

The FPMT has also created helpful resource pages to support those doing the practices. Click the buttons below to access these resources, including recordings of Rinpoche reciting the mantras, etc.

Please enjoy the new video from Rinpoche that includes oral transmissions of the practice. Watching this video attentively, if viewed with the intention of receiving the oral transmission from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, can qualify as having received the oral transmission of the mantra and prayers. Please note that, according to tradition, if one is taking an oral transmission from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this establishes a guru-disciple relationship. Those listening without intending to receive the oral transmission are not established in a guru-disciple relationship, and do not receive the oral transmission, but may still enjoy the teachings.

Here are the resources:

Daily Practice of these at DCI

These practices are being done daily at Dorje Chang Institute. As the centre is closed to the public – students and visitors – you are welcome to do the practices at home and welcome to sponsor offerings and dedications for the practices done at the centre. To help those who are doing the practices at home you can request an audio recording of the latest updated Coronavirus Practices at DCI: click here to request.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsorship opportunities include:

This advice from Rinpoche is done daily at DCI. You can:

  • Sponsor offerings 
  • Sponsor dedication prayers

  • Sponsor the purchase of extra sanitation supplies at DCI to help at this time (handsoap, disinfectant, paper towels, paper cups, individually wrapped tea/coffee/sugar, etc.)

“If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion.

If you want to be happy,
practice compassion.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can’t help them,
at least don’t hurt them.”

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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