Please Join us as we Welcome

Don Handrick

to Gendun Drubpa. 

Don Handrick has been a teacher of Buddhism since 2005, and is currently the resident teacher for half of each year at Thubten Norbu Ling, the FPMT center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also a touring teacher for the other six months, visiting centers in North America and Europe. Don is also an accredited Level 1 facilitator for The a.r.t. of Fulfilment delivering workshops in English.

His career as a teacher began shortly after completing the FPMT’s Masters Programme, a seven-year intensive residential study program held at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy.


 Oct 7- 13, 2019

Member’s Class 

October 9th 6:45 pm

Registration required

Public Talk

October 10,

7 pm

Speaking from the Heart.

Correct speech, which was taught by the Buddha as one branch of the eightfold path, is a powerful means to subdue our hurtful and unskillful use of words.  In this public talk,  we will talk about the pitfalls of wrong speech and the benefits of skillful speech, and also address how we can learn to speak from the heart by connecting with our inner wisdom and our concern for others.

All are welcome to attend the public talk.

Weekend Seminar

October 11,12,& 13th

Make life Meaningful, The 3 Principal Aspects of the Path

Practicing Buddhism does not amount to sitting in quiet meditation and performing exotic rituals.  It consists mainly of working with our minds throughout our lives to develop positive qualities and abandon negative habits.  By doing so, we can become progressively happier and more peaceful.  What to practice, however, can at times seem daunting, as there are so many sutras, teachings and commentaries by many great Buddhist masters.  Drawing from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path, this weekend course will explore how to take the essence of all the Buddhist teachings and turn them into a meaningful practice.  We will learn practical methods to integrate the teachings into our daily lives, transforming even common tasks into powerful actions that lead to enlightenment.

Registration required


  Further classes during that week long visit to be decided and announced.


All courses and classes at Gendun Drubpa Centre are offered by donation.

We ask that you register your participation with us so that we can plan seating and snacks.

Registration for this weekend seminar  and member’s class is now open!  










Thank you so much for bringing the dharma to the Cariboo Geshe Sherab.

Until we meet again!

April 24 – May 1 2019

Geshe Thubten Sherab


Geshe Sherab was born in Nepal and received his education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, the spiritual home of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)

He has visited our centre four times before and each time we have been blessed to received the teachings with great heart and understanding.


More about Geshe Sherab from FPMT’s Mandala Magazine

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Please donate to our  Visiting Teacher Fund
We are so grateful to Geshe-la for accepting our invitation to visit but as most of you know, these events do cost money.

We would like to offer this amazing opportunity by donation to all who wish to attend and your donation to our Visiting Teacher Fund will help make that possible!



If you are unable to support this event financially, we have many small jobs that could use your help to make Geshe-la’s visit a success.  Please contact us if you are able to help with:

Food & Accommodation for Geshe-la
Set up and take down for events at the centre or the public talk
Greeting students as they arrive for teachings
Keeping the centre tidy during events
Providing rides to airport to greet Geshe Sherab
Geshe-la’s driver – to and from his accommodation to events
Member’s Dinner – Meal prep, set up and clear up.
Each job requires a small amount of time but a huge commitment.
Your help is very much appreciated and will make it so much more fun!


Geshe Sherab at  Shantideva Meditation Center

What is emptiness and how can we apply that wisdom in our daily lives?






Sept. 25th – Oct. 2nd, 2017

Elaine Jackson

Visits Gendun Drubpa Centre


A solid spiritual practice needs to be built on good foundations. Eventually we learn that it takes a steady, patient application of effort and attention. When you’ve got the long-term future in mind, solid foundations are the only way.

Elaine Jackson is one of the founding members of the Vajrapani Institute community (where Ven Tenzin Chogkyi is currently located). Elaine has been a student student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1977. Over time she came to celebrate the fact that peaceful oases exist in our world where the spiritual values of simplicity and working to develop a good heart are put first. The deep healing that such places can facilitate and nurture has possibly never been more needed than now. Every year for 12 years she engaged in a month-long solitary retreat to deepen her practice. She has also completed a three-year retreat.

Schedule for Elaine’s Visit

Sept. 28th Thursday evening talk, “Why Buddhism?” 7:00pmWilliams Lake Library 

Elaine will talk about Lama Yeshe’s life with stories and show some wonderful photos.

Offered by donation

Friday evening / Saturday Retreat, Sept. 29th and 30th  
Introduction to
Healing Meditation and Finding our Inner Teacher

6:00 – 9:00pm –  Gendun Drubpa Centre

Elaine will guide us through breath awareness and guru yoga for inner and outer peace.

The meditations build on one another, so full registration for Friday evening and Saturday is strongly reccomended.

Suggested Retreat fee (tea, snacks and Saturday lunch included):  $110.00
Please bring a donation for our food bank. St_vincent_de_paul

Saturday All Day, Sept. 30th

A relaxed and spacious retreat day. We will continue practices from the evening before.

9:00am – 4:00pm –  Spokin Lake Cabin beside the Gendun Drubpa Enlightenment Stupa (to help heal the surrounding land, people, animals and insects affected by the wildfires)    If you feel that YOU need some healing as well, this is a great opportunity to give yourself the gift of calm and centered healing.

Carpool will be available from Williams Lake.

Please register me for Elaine Jackson’s Weekend Seminar


Sunday Morning Drop-in!

1:30-3:00p –  Gendun Drubpa Centre

In Buddhism we often listen to, study or read many teachings. Ordinary life  can also bring us many lessons.
How do we move those teachings from our heads to our hearts and use them in our daily lives?
Join us as we use discussion and meditation to move the personal advice from the Buddha  from our heads to our hearts.

Offered by donation

Please bring a donation for our food bank. St_vincent_de_paul