About This Center
The Jetsun Milarepa is renowned as “Tibet’s Great Yogi.” His life of unfaltering determination and altruistic intention exemplifies the Buddhist yogic path that has the power to transform one’s precious life into an opportunity to realize the full expanse of human potential.
Ösel means “free from the darkness of unknowing and endowed with the ability to cognize” (Mipham Rinpoche). It is a Tibetan word that describes the luminous clarity, inner radiance, and wakefulness that are the nature of mind.
Chö Dzong or dharma (chö) fortress (dzong) distinguishes MOCD as a source of refuge for practitioners of meditation and the Buddha’s teachings in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
Milarepa Ösel Chö Dzong was formed under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist Master Lama Norlha Rinpoche by practitioners of the Kagyu lineage of transmission in the greater Knoxville area.
With a presence both in city of Knoxville (thanks to our sister organization Losel Shedrup Ling) and just beyond in the Smoky Mountains, MOCD offers practitioners of various levels and interests the opportunity to develop and sustain the practice of meditation. The organization also provides the meeting ground for teachers across many spiritual paths and disciplines.
MOCD offers the community rare opportunities to sit in the presence of visiting masters of Tibetan Buddhism and to receive oral instruction and empowerments.