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Visiting Western Teacher - Ven Namgyel

FPMT Visiting Teacher Ven Lobsang Namgyel will return to DCI and offer Dharma talks and workshops from 28 November – 7 December 2019. Ven Namgyel last came to DCI as a Visiting Teacher in 2009.

This page includes the schedule of talks and workshops, facility fee costs, as well as a brief biography.

We encourage you to take advantage of these unique Dharma opportunities! 

Registration is now open. If you would like to go straight to the registration page, please click the button below.

Schedule of Events

Thur 28 Nov 7.30 – 9pm – How to Meditate Even Though You Would Rather Swim in a Shark Infested Ocean

Fri 29 Nov 7.30pm – 9pm – The Healing Power of Medicine Buddha Meditation Workshop

Sat 30 Nov 10am – 4pm – The Healing Power of Medicine Buddha Meditation Workshop continued (includes Vegetarian potluck lunch, please bring a dish to share)

Please note that we encourage full attendance at the whole Medicine Buddha Meditation Workshop, including both the Friday evening Dharma talk as well as the full day on Saturday. However, if you are unable to attend the full workshop, and would really like to attend part, this is okay.

Mon 2 Dec 7.30 – 9pm – Deepening the Practice – talk + discussion

Thu 5 Dec 7.30 – 9pm – Happiness After the Chocolate Runs Out

Sat 7 Dec 10am – 4pm – Enjoying the Sun of Real Happiness Shining in Your Life by Cherishing Others – A One Day Workshop (includes Vegetarian potluck lunch, please bring a dish to share)



A Note on What to Bring: Ven Namgyel encourages attendees to write notes during the teachings and also to jot down questions when they arise. There will be opportunities to ask questions. So please consider bringing a notebook and pen.

NZ Tour: Ven Namgyel will also teach at our sister NZ FPMT Centres Chandrakirti Centre and Mahamudra Centre.


While we try to keep costs of attendance low, in addition to our normal facility costs, there are extra costs involved in inviting and hosting a visiting teacher: airfare, food, offerings, admin, etc. We aim to cover the costs through our facility fees for the events and also invite anyone who would like to make an extra donation towards the visit costs. 

Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors receive discounts on visiting teachers. If you are not yet a Dharma Friend Monthly Contributor and would like to possibly become one please visit our Dharma Friend Supporters page. Please note we request a six month minimum commitment.

Facility Fees are as follows:

Evening Dharma Talks: $20 Facility Fee (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $15)

Saturday full-day Workshop: $50 Facility Fee (Dharma Friend Monthly contributors $35) 

[Saturday half-day of a Workshop: $25 Facility Fee (Dharma Friend Monthly contributors $17.50) – however we encourage full attendance.]

The cost of attending every event scheduled during the visit is $180.

Full Visit Registration Special Discount: If you register for all of the events we are offering a discounted special of $150 (Please note that Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors already receive a discount on their facility fees, so no further discount is offered here.)

Financial Hardship: If you are currently experiencing financial difficulties and are unable to afford the facility fees for events that you wish to attend, we welcome you to contact our office to discuss work exchange possibilities. Please try to contact us well in advance if possible, but at least a minimum of 5 days prior to any event.

Brief Biography

Venerable Lobsang Namgyel is an Australian monk who has been living in India and Nepal, studying Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty years, with such Masters as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Choeding Rinpoche and Geshe Sonam Rinchen.

He has completed four years of Lam Rim retreats, as well as many tantric retreats. During his thirty three years in Buddhism, Venerable has taught at various FPMT in India, Nepal, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the Baltic States and Russia; most of the European Countries and the USA.

Venerable had the honour of being the tutor to Lama Osel Rinpoche who is the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. In 2010 he was the assistant teacher to Ven Steve Carlier for the famous one month November course in Kopan Monastery.

“Wherever he goes and teaches, he is always asked to come back.  Because he is in contact with his own good heart, he is able to touch people on a level that goes much deeper than just intellectual understanding.  Having done a lot of individual retreats he has familiarised and integrated the topics in his way of living, and so teaches out of experience.  Through his humour he relaxes people totally, and even difficult topics seem a piece of cake.  He is especially loved for the deep concern that he has, and shows, for the wellbeing of the participants of the course, and puts a lot of energy and time into helping them to find a way to practice which suits them.”

Ven Rita Riniker

Feedback after teaching with him at Root Institute India


Registration for Ven Namgyel’s events is now open. We appreciate early registration! Click the button below to register now.

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