In the words of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, " A Dharma House should be a genuine, open-minded gateway to the Buddha’s path of engendering ever-increasing compassion and insight for the greater good of your local community. A Dharma House should serve as a place where novices can meet with more experienced practitioners or teachers who can guide them in their personal Dharma practice.
Each house should hold regular meetings where sangha can share with each other our understanding of the teachings and their impact on our daily lives, practice together, and organize Dharma teachings.
A Dharma House is open to whomever is interested in the Buddha’s teachings."
In 2013 Jess and I asked Rinpoche if we could open a Dharma House here in Wales. We had already been holding meetings in The Friends Meeting House for some time following guidance from Mingyur Rinpoche and had for over 1 1/2 years been working with the Joy of Living meditation program.
We felt however that there was a need to include more than just meditation classes and that there was a real need for authentic dharma to be offered to those who wanted it.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche agreed that we could go ahead and so Dharma House Wales was born.