Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, MD


By Dawai Gocha

I grew up Buddhist.

My mom raised me in the Nyingma Buddhist lineage.

For me, meditation is learning to play your own music. Our emotions and mental tendencies get strummed like guitar strings. I even started calling emotions the “E String” and cognitive activity the “C String.”

But the problem for me was that I had no control over the music I was playing. So meditation became about settling into the “body of the guitar,” coming out of the dense dimension of preoccupation with the “strings” and settling into a more natural state. From there I feel open and free to choose what gets played on the guitar and I can let creativity, celebration and joy manifest as my song!


Dawai Gocha is practitioner and monk in a Nyingma Dzogchen lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He first took refuge with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche when he was a boy and has continued to practice Buddhism for over 20 years. He has received teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche and others; receiving empowerments and instructions on many different Buddhist practices.



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