Australian Institute of Tibetan Healing Practices – Sydney
In 1992 H.E. Khejok Rinpoche founded the Institute as a Traditional Tibetan Medical Institute and H.H. Dalai Lama sanctioned its formation. That same year, Gen Chris Ngawang Yangchen was asked by Rinpoche to teach Buddhism within the Institute. As Buddhism is the study of mind and the way things exist, Buddhism is intertwined with traditional Tibetan medicine.
In 1993 Rinpoche prophesied that Gen-la would one day be the founder of Overcoming Problems.
Why Overcoming Problems is unique
Gen-la’s teaching position required a user-friendly program allowing students to be Buddhists or non-Buddhists, encouraging people to experience positive changes within themselves so they could heal. She saw the need to study Western problems and their causes and to explore the most appropriate methods and techniques for Westerners.
Using what she had learnt through her research and the Buddhist understanding of mind, she began to develop the Overcoming Problems courses. After many years of research and compiling the courses she received high acclaim and recognition.
Given that many people were benefiting from Gen-la’s teachings and given the obstacles to bringing the medicine into Australia, Rinpoche decided to change the direction of the Institute. Rinpoche asked Gen-la to keep the Overcoming Problems classes going and cancelled the medical side of the Institute.
Structure of the centre
The unique structure within the centre creates harmony amongst the students. AITHP is structured so that students, who have been in the centre for a number of years and undergo at least 3 more years in the Training Program run the centre.
All programs are run by donation, as H.H. Dalai Lama requested in 1992, when he sanctioned the founding of the centre.
AITHP is run solely by volunteers.
Tibetan Buddhist Healing Practices – Townsville
In 1998, H.E. Khejok Rinpoche founded TBHP in Townsville, Queensland. Overcoming Problems courses are also held in TBHP centre, located in Townsville CBD.
TBHP also runs Karuna Cottage, founded by Gen-la. It offers discounted accommodation to the disabled, ill and elderly. It is wheelchair accessible with assistance, and the bathroom has full disabled facilities. All cottages have no steps and are eco friendly.
The property is located on Magnetic Island North Queensland, only a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville CBD.
The aim is to increase the discount for accommodation as finances improve, making the cottages a place for respite and healing.
All TBHP projects and courses operate by donation and are run solely by volunteers.