South Carolina Dharma Group

The purpose of the South Carolina Dharma Group is to promote the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in central SC. Spiritual Director: Geshe Dakpa Topgyal Meditation: 10-11 AM Sundays Class: 7-8:30 PM Thurs.

Dalai Lama

I'm a monk following the Nalanda Tradition, which is essentially about training the mind, but there's no reason it can't be pursued in a secular context. It's about improving our day to day lives here and now. I've been meditating on compassion for the last 50 years and as a result my blood pressure is never too high, I sleep soundly and my digestion is good. So, attaining peace of mind is also good for my health.

Tibetan activist groups express solidarity with Hong Kong protestors - Phayul

Tibetans, Taiwanese in sympathy with Hong Kong. By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, July 4: A coalition of activist groups on Saturday condemned the new security law in Hong Kong and expressed solidarity with the people of Hong Kong. Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), International Tibet Network (ITN), World Uyghur Congress and International Campaign for...

Sravasti Abbey

A week long retreat on Green Tara with Ven. Sangye Khadro!

Please note: Venerable Thubten Chodron will not give a teaching on The Foundation of Buddhist Practice this coming Friday (July 3). Instead, please join us for the first teaching in our week-long Retreat from Afar with Green Tara, led by Ven. Sangye Khadro.

Dalai Lama

I’m 85 and physically very healthy. I feel this is because my mind is peaceful as a result of my cultivating altruism. My favourite prayer says: "For as long as space endures, And for as long as living beings remain, Until then may I too abide, To dispel the misery of the world." And, in trying to fulfil that aspiration, I feel my life has been of some benefit. (news and views on Tibet)

A Tibetan origin Canadian student, Dolma Tsundu from the University of British Columbia (UBC) won the 2020 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Student award on Thursday.

“I am a Tibetan-Canadian woman. My grandparents were Tibetan refugees in India, which is also where both of my parents immigrated from. While I have made conscious decisions not to make my ethnic and racial background a focal point of my academic and professional experiences, I am still learning what this means for me moving forward as a creator and an advocate,” Dolma remarked on her achievements in her UBC’s graduate profile.

Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism

"It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others." ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

[03/27/20]   Join us online for meditation. PM us for the link!

Green Tara Mantra - Dalai Lama - Meditation

Meditation with the South Carolina Dharma Group is cancelled untl further notice, but if we can set up an online opportunity, we will let you know. Meanwhile, His Holiness has said that we should say the Tara mantra during this time.

Mantra entoado por Sua Santidade o Dalai Lama. mantra chanted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

Losar 2020--year of the Iron Mouse! Good company and good food, and beautiful table. Thank you, GesheLa, for teaching and cooking!

Sravasti Abbey

If you're looking for a way to work on your practice during the winter, Sravasti Abbey's Retreat from Afar is a good way to do it.

We spend every winter in silent retreat. Only a few can join in person. But hundreds meditate in the Retreat from Afar. Join us!

International Campaign for Tibet

"You are an example to us all of how to be of benefit to others."

The Dalai Lama wrote to former President Carter, who is currently hospitalized:

Karma Rinpoche, lineage holder in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, will teach at 10 AM on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the SCDG Dharma Center.

International Campaign for Tibet

The Dalai Lama is visiting Manali, where he'll meet with the local Tibetan community and give teachings in Ön Ngari Monastery:

Sakyadhita Australia Association of Buddhist Women

The wonderful Prof. Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo -- “Feminism after all has been called the radical theory that women are completely human. And today there are more than 300 million Buddhist women in the world. We’re talking about 300 million people already dedicated to peace, honesty, harmony, loving-kindness, and compassion. Certainly we would want to optimise the qualities and talents of all of these wonderful women."

US Congressional delegation calls on the Dalai Lama, affirms friendship and solidarity with Tibet Visiting delegation from the United States House of Representatives on Saturday met with the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence here, reaffirming their friendship and solidarity with the Tibetan people and their exile based demo

Over 50 Tibetan Buddhist nuns take their Geshema exams - Tibetan Nuns Project

Another group of nuns have reached the Geshema exams! Now women monastics receive the same education as men. In August 2019, over 50 nuns assembled to at a nunnery in south India to take examinations for the Geshema degree, equivalent to a Ph.D in Tibetan Buddhism.

This Sunday, Aug. 4, is the commemoration of Buddha Shakyamuni's first teaching, and is known as "Wheel-Turning Day." It is also the day that Ahbay Rinpoche will give his first teaching of this visit at the Dharma Center at 10 AM. Please join us!

Geshe Lama Ahbay Rinpoche will visit the South Carolina Dharma Group in Columbia Aug. 4-28. He will teach or perform pujas at the Dharma Center on Sunday mornings, 10-12, Monday and Thursday evenings 7-9, a retreat Aug. 23-25, and various public talks that will be announced. For more information, visit

Charleston Tibetan Society

May I be a dust under your holy feet. Prayer 🙏

Historic accomplishment as Geshemas hired to teach nuns - Tibetan Nuns Project It's a milestone. Two Tibetan Buddhist nuns holding Geshema degrees were hired this spring to teach the nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery & Institute.

Sravasti Abbey

I am of the nature to age.
I have not gone beyond aging.

I am of the nature to sicken.
I have not gone beyond sickness.

I am of the nature to die.
I have not gone beyond dying.

All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, will be separated from me.

I am the owner of my karma,
Heir to my karma,
Born of my karma,
Related to my karma,
Abide supported by my karma.
Whatever actions I shall do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir.

—The Buddha in the Upajjhatthana Sutta

[06/14/19]   Please come to the celebration of Saga Dawa at the Dharma Center at 6 PM on Monday, June 17!

Saga Dawa is the celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing into paranirvana. It's observed from June 3 to July 1, but the most important day is the day of the full moon on June 17.

Sravasti Abbey

Saka Dawa (Vesak Day) is Monday, June 17, 2019 in the Tibetan calendar. It’s the holiest day of the Buddhist year. Rejoice and celebrate the Buddha’s birth, awakening, and parinirvana. All merit accumulated on this special day is multiplied 100 million times.

School Sends Kids To Meditation Instead Of Detention, With Amazing Results

Meditation. Traditionally when children act up in school, they would get detention or they get suspended. An Elementary School in Baltimore has a

Today with the new moon begins the month of Saga Dawa, the remembrance and celebration of Shakyamuni's birth, enlightenment, and passing into Parinirvana.

Today the the Holy month of SagaDawa is starting

Tibetan asylum seekers near Paris homeless after officials take down their tents The dismantling of a migrant camp with Tibetan asylum seekers by authorities in the French town of Conflans, 30 km from Paris have left many homeless, reports Radio France Interna

As Panchen Lama turns 30, China must release him and stop interfering in Tibetan religious freedom - International Campaign for Tibet April 24, 2019 In 1995, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, a six-year-old boy, as the 11th Panchen Lama, the second most well-known religious figure in Tibet. Three days later, Chinese authorities abducted the Panchen Lama and his family, making him the world’s youngest p...

Tibetan Nuns Project

Wisdom from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo courtesy of Olivier Adam.

German Human Rights Committee calls on China to immediately stop repression in Tibet In the month coinciding with the 60th Tibetan Uprising day which commemorates the death and sacrifice of thousands of Tibetans in 1959 under Chinese occupation, the German Committee o

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

“Your Government’s determination to reform gun laws will contribute to peace and security, but equally important is to resist hatred and fear by cultivating warm-heartedness as you have shown.”

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

“Your Government’s determination to reform gun laws will contribute to peace and security, but equally important is to resist hatred and fear by cultivating warm-heartedness as you have shown.”

Dalai Lama sends prayers, condolence for victims of Christchurch shootings His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a condolence letter yesterday addressed to the Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand expressing his deep sadness at the tragedy o

Kinder World

May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness...

Born to be free

People of Taiwan Want His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Visit There is a tremendous sign of solidarity for the Tibetan cause among the people of Taiwan and according to recent news breaks, they want the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to country. While ruling party chief openly admitted their willingness to invite the Dalai Lama, a...

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Columbia, SC

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The South Carolina Dharma Group offers meditation, meditation instruction, Dharma discussions, teachings, and more. Please join us!

Opening Hours

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00
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