Drol Kar Buddhist Centre is a picturesque seven-acre garden in Paraparap within the Surfcoast Shire. Nestled in between farming land and natural bush it is conveniently located between Torquay and Anglesea and offers a tranquil haven to unwind, relax and settle your mind.
Visitors at the centre appreciate the feeling of space, silence and solitude, they remark that they feel at peace within the grounds and leave with a feeling of wellbeing after being in the environment. The gardens team with Australian and European flowers, trees and shrubs which provides shelter and food to abundant birdlife, their varying songs and colours are a delight for the senses. Within the garden trails holy statues of various Buddhas as well as a large Stupa which was personally blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2007 generate positive blessings and virtue on the mind.
The centre’s temple known as a Gompa looks out into the gardens and it is here we conduct Buddhist teachings in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. The renowned Geshe Doga from Tara Institute in Melbourne teaches monthly. The regular program is conducted by our resident nun, Venerable Jampa Drolma. The lineage of these teachings can be traced back to Shakyamuni Buddha himself and continue today worldwide by the tireless efforts of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Our regular meditation classes offer secular instruction on mindfulness with a view to managing anxiety and stress, with a focus on increasing wellbeing. We have a variety of experienced clinicians from health and psychology disciplines conducting these classes. The combination of meditation to ease the mind and the beautiful environment which relaxes the body and pleases the senses offers a powerful and positive experience.
In August 2017 the Centre joined with the local community for the annual Surfcoast Shire’s Arts Trail. Eight artists created their own works using various natural materials which were inspired by environment and the organic setting. Over 500 people attended and enjoyed walking the DrolKar garden trail, the pieces adding complimentary harmony and affinity to the tranquil spaces. Due to the positive feedback from artists and the community we will be hoping to make this an annual event.
Geshe Sonam Thargye the Spiritual Director of DrolKar Buddhist Centre is pleased to announce a visit by the Dalai Lama to Melbourne in 2018. Geshe Sonam along with the DrolKar Community and support from The Geelong Council has orchestrated two previous visits to Geelong by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 2002 saw a large gathering for teachings at Skilled Stadium and again in 2007 whereby His Holiness spoke and blessed the DrolKar Centre before holding teaches at the Arena in North Geelong. Details of the upcoming visit in June 2018 with a history of the previous tours can be viewed on the website www.vajrasutra2018.org
Photos by Sue Baensch and Linda Diggins