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Gebchak Rigpa Har-Sey is an Australian based organization whose work is to preserve Tibet’s experiential Buddhist culture. It is inspired by the yogic tradition of Gebchak Nunnery in Nangchen, which is the only autonomous female monastic lineage in Tibet. The Gebchak nuns are renowned for their compassion and insight, and for their commitment to lifelong Vajrayāna retreat.

In Australia this takes the form of annual meditation retreats and monthly practice days, guided by the instructions of Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoche. As a Khenpo and Lama of Gebchak Nunnery, Wangdrak Rinpoche is a wonderful representative of Buddhism in Tibet whose warmth and compassion is a reminder of the inner Dharma that transcends all change. His way of teaching reflects the Gebchak lineage style of profound experiential understanding.

Please see the Australian Retreats page for an outline of Rinpoche’s last 2019 visit.

In Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, the work of Gebchak Rigpa Har-Sey is to support and participate in a retreat hermitage built on the land of Nangchen’s great founding yogin, Tishi Repa (ca. 1164-1236). Every second year a group of Australians visits this hermitage for teachings and meditation on the hills of this remarkable landscape. See the Nangchen Retreats page for more information.

Gebchak Rigpa Harsey also works to provide higher education scholarships to 21 children in Yushu (near Nangchen), most of whom were orphaned by the 2010 Yushu earthquake. Wangdrak Rinpoche is the custodian of these children, along with several Tibetan helpers in Yushu. All of the children attend government schools, while being nurtured in their home Tibetan culture.