Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Kurukulla Center Closed to the Public &
Virtual Classes Until Further Notice

In alignment with government guidelines and the leadership demonstrated by local universities and businesses, we have decided that in order to minimize any risk of illness to those in our community and beyond, Kurukulla Center will be closed to the public until further notice.

During this Virtual Center period it will be important for all of us to remain connected, so we will continue to deliver classes via Zoom Virtual Classrooms as indicated in our Calendar and This Week notifications.

Geshe-la advises all students to follow the advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche (in English), and His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama's advice from January 30th (in Tibetan, which includes the following practices):

Recite the name mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha as much as possible
Recite the Mani mantra (1,000,000 mantras)
Recite the Tara mantra as much as possible
Recite the Prayer to Palden Lhamo
     See page 63 of our prayer book
Recite sutras (e.g., Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, Golden Light Sutra, Sanghata Sutra, Diamond Cutter Sutra, etc.)

We request people not come inside the building. However, if you wish, you may circumambulate the stupa. Most importantly, please take care of your health and be considerate to others to help contain the spread of disease and suffering.

We will continue to update everyone as additional information becomes available.

May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes.

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Inc. was founded in 1989 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT. Under the guidance of resident teacher Geshe Ngawang Tenley, Kurukulla Center's mission is to provide a community of support for those who are studying and practicing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Virtual Class Guidelines

To ensure that you and all participants have a pleasant virtual classroom experience:

To join via Zoom, you will find class-specific instructions on our calendar:
     In the class description you will find the Zoom class URL. Click it if you are using your PC / iPhone / Android to connect with the Zoom client, which will be automatically installed, if needed.
     If you are calling in, dial the number on the calendar entry, enter the Meeting ID when prompted, and press # if you are asked for a Participant ID.
Only Geshe-la's classes will be recorded and posted on YouTube, as usual. When you join the Zoom call you will hear a message stating This meeting is being recorded.
Upon entering the call, your line will be muted, and your video (if available) will be broadcasting so that others on the call can see you.
To ask a question you will have to unmute yourself:
     On the Zoom PC / iPhone / Android client there is an unmute/mute button on the lower left portion of the Zoom screen.
     If you are calling in, press *6 to unmute/mute yourself.
     NOTE: Please be mindful to keep your line muted to prevent environmental noise from disrupting the audio for everyone on the line.
Only the umze will be heard during prayers; all other microphones will be muted.
     There is an on-line version of our prayer book that you can download as PDF, so that you can follow along.
If you want to ask a question during class, raise your virtual hand. Everyone will be able to see that you have raised your virtual hand. To do so:
     On the Zoom PC / iPhone / Android client show the Participants pane by clicking the Participants button (which is towards the middle of the Zoom screen), and then click the hand icon by your name.
          If you cannot see the Participants button on your PC, either use the "..." to display the option or make the window larger.
     If you are calling in, press *9.
     When you receive acknowledgement to ask your question, then unmute yourself to do so (unless the host has done so and let you know).
Geshe-la will continue to be available to students after class for quick, private discussion.
     Close the class Zoom session.
     On our calendar under the class entry, you will see another entry to see Geshe-la. This entry has the access details.
     Expect to enter a waiting room upon making a connection. When Geshe-la is ready to see you, you will join the call with him.