The Tashi Choeling Tibetan Buddhist Centre was established on February 6th in the year 2000 by Geshe Jampel Senge. When Tibet was forcibly occupied by communist China, the rich cultural and religious traditions of Tibet were completely wiped out in a frenzy of madness that was unleashed on Tibet. Tibetans lost everything. Our nation, our homes, our dignity and our lives. HH The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s sovereign leader was forced to escape with his two tutors,cabinet and family. Tibet had never experienced foreign invasion in its history until 1949.
To our great fortune HH The Dalai Lama was able to escape from the chaos and turmoil created in the aftermath of the brutal Chinese occupation. Our neighbours all deserted us except India the birthplace of the holy Buddha. Our relationship with India is truly special for the fact that our Buddhist culture comes from the holy Gurus of India. Tibetans have looked to India as the Arya Bhumi (holy land). Owing to this deep relationship, India welcomed HH The Dalai Lama and eighty thousand Tibetan refugees who followed him.
India was generous in extending help to the Tibetans by giving them land to cultivate crops, opening schools for the children who had escaped from Tibet with their parents.
Taking into account the suitability of climate conditions, India helped the exile-Tibetan Government to open school in the Hill Stations of India like Mussoorie, Simla, Dalhousie, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. All these are located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
On his arrival in India, HH lost no time to open the schools and at the same time, he re-established the Traditional Tibetan learning centres such as the great monasteries of Tibet. It was vital that in order to keep our Tibetan identity, it was indispensable to preserve Tibetan culture. As it were, HH went about making sure that the traditional learning in the monasteries were vibrant. The senior monks carried on the wishes of HH and so virtually all significant monasteries were rebuilt on Indian soil. Gradually, not only it enabled the children in exile to join the monasteries but a huge flood of monk and nun students risked their lives to cross the dangerous Himalayan tract to India to study in newly established monasteries. Tibetan Buddhism once again flourished and went west to America, Australia, Canada, all across Europe. In fact it went all across the world.
Tashi Choeling is part of that phenomenon in Western Australia. We have existed since the year 2000. We have a committed group who have been with the centre for the last many years. The aim of the centre is to make the teachings accessible to those who are willing to come to the centre. We have an hour long Lamrim meditation before every teaching. The teachings are based on the great writings and composition of Indian and Tibetan masters like Nagarjuna, Arya Deva, Shanti Deva,Chandra Kirti, Atisa, Dromtonpa, Tsongkhapa and Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Losang Gyatso etc
We have teaching every Wednesday from 7.30 pm – 9.30pm