Center for Dharma Practice

Founder's Note

On the eve of establishing the Center for Dharma Practice, H.E. Gyara Rinpoche cautioned against ‘idealism,’advising that the center first teaches equanimity, so that we avoid the damning pitfall of criticizing, maligning and demeaning others. “You cannot speak of compassion, of spirituality if you fail to practice the basics of equanimity,” he emphasized.

I have taken this counsel to heart. Equanimity is now germane to the Center for Dharma Practice. 

Driven by attachment we create the causes for our suffering. The self-cherishing, grasping mind (our selfish thoughts, words, and deeds) lead us down a woeful spiral of hurt. How then can we liberate ourselves from samsara(aimless wandering till we die)? How can we find purposefulness? How do we fulfill life’s meaning? How can we experience inner peace? Is discerning the true nature of all things possible?

Every sage has taught the virtues of dharma. It is through dharma that we find the beauty and magic in life, free from the self-imposed prison of worldly concerns. It is only through dharma that we liberate ourselves from the illusions of the world and the persistent cycles of rebirth. 


Glenville Ashby

(Konchuk Rinchen Tobgyal)
Founder and Facilitator 

Dharma is practiced, Peace abounds, Enlightenment dawns.

In the context of practicing Dharma, individuals strive to fulfill their responsibilities and duties with integrity and selflessness. This may involve adhering to moral codes, respecting others, and contributing positively to society.


To facilitate healing and empowerment of individuals and communities through dharma.


To help underserved communities realize inner peace and authentic happiness through Eastern philosophical teachings and practices.


Creating the causes for individual peace and happiness.


What is Dharma?

Dharma is any teaching that cultivates selfless conduct of the body, speech,  and mind.Dharma conveys timeless truths on philosophical subjects that have have long taxed humankind. But the application of dharma can proves challenging. The constant struggle to tame recalcitrant impulses is played out daily. 

Hence, our psychological, sociological, cultural, and even past life karmic imprints must determine how dharma is taught. At the Center for Dharma Practice, we have primarily adopted the traditional guru-shishya (teacher-student) relationship. 

It is within this one-to-one framework that both parties flourish. It requires an adept teacher and a fully participatory student who helps design his or her program of study. This dynamic interaction is reflected in an ancient sloka: Om Sahana Vavatu.

It reads:

Om Saha Naav[au]-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Naav[au]-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


  1. OmTogether may we two Move (in our Studies,
    the Teacher and the Student),
  2. Together may we two Relish (our Studies,
    the Teacher and the Student),
  3. Together may we perform (our Studies)
    Vigour(with deep Concentration),
  4. May what has been Studied by us be filled with
    Brilliance (of Understanding, leading to
    May it Not give rise to Hostility (due to lack of

  5. PeacePeacePeac.
Our Daily Prayer
The Teacher-Student partnership
Our pedagogy

Daily Prayer, by Shantideva, Buddhist sage - 700 A.D., India

May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be
a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awaken.

There is no godman and no godwoman. Any teacher (guru) that so presents himself should be avoided. The guru is very much a student as the student a guru. Sincere gratitude and respect between teacher and student is the sole contract between the two.

The teacher-student model is at the core of the center’s modality, and despite the pressures of an expanding student base, it will remain as such.

Note: The Center for Dharma Practice does not uphold the teachings of any one faith. However, it recognizes that Buddhist principles are philosophical in nature and are present in every faith. These very principles are studied and applied at the center and are rudimentary to its mission. The Center for Dharma Practice teaches sutras (philosophy) and tantra (synthesis of timeless spiritual practices)as pathways to enlightenment.

The 8-Way Path

To remove outer, inner, and secret obstacles that derail our spiritual journey, our center teaches the 8-Way Path of love, generosity, patience, detachment, silence, contemplative meditation, prayerful affirmation and offerings.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder, and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

– Albert Einstein


Literary Sources

Daily practices are sourced from The Way of the Bodhisattva, Lamrim and The Wheel of Sharp Weapons.

Recommended readings by Glenville Ashby: Finding Mother: Practical Spirituality East and West, The Believers: Real Life Encounters, Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Creativity and Enlightenment (Audio Version), and The Diary of Vivienne-What comes next? 

Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine by David Kinsley.


The Center for Dhatma Practice is a nonprofit organization committed to addressing questions surrounding life’s purpose and meaning. With a profound focus on guiding individuals on their spiritual journeys, the center provides a structured platform for seekers to explore and understand the deeper dimensions of existence.

Approval and Affiliation

 The Center for Dharma Practice, Inc. was established with the approval and blessings of

Guru Brahmanand

President, Nikhil Vatika, Uttarakhand, India.

H.E. Gyara Rinpoche, Shar Gaden Monastery, India.

Guru Vishwajit Vishwa. Astro Science Institute, Mauritius.

Affiliation: International Association of Vedic Hindu Universities

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