Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Posted Jul 15 2018 08:00:00am

Kurukulla Center is Honored to Welcome
The Spiritual Director of the FPMT,
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19

It is with great joy that we announce additional details about the visit of Lama Zopa Rinpoche to our Center in August. In the nearly thirty years that Kurukulla Center has existed, Rinpoche has visited six times - wow, wow, wow! This is such a rare opportunity to see, hear and meet Rinpoche, either again or for the first time. We hope you can join us for this precious opportunity!

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition), a thriving and dynamic international, non-profit Buddhist organization encompassing over 160 centers, projects and social service initiatives around the world. Kurukulla Center is an affiliate of the FPMT.

There are three nights of teachings and initiations scheduled with Rinpoche and you are welcome to attend any or all three evenings. Friday night will be a teaching while Saturday and Sunday evenings will be a combination of teaching and initiation. It's good to keep your mind flexible with regard to the breaks and ending times as these times may vary significantly.

Please arrive early for the evening events. As always, we ask that you please be especially considerate as you park in the neighborhood, ensuring our neighbors can get in and out of their driveway with ease.

Teaching Schedule

Friday August 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday August 18, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 19, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

About Lama Zopa Rinpoche 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the FPMT's Spiritual Director, was born in 1945 in Thami, not far from the Lawudo cave in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his previous incarnation, Lama Kunzang Yeshe, meditated for the last twenty years of his life. At the age of three Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama. From 1956 to 1959 he studied at Domo Monastery in Tibet, and in 1959, he fled Tibet in the wake of the Chinese occupation and continued his study and practice in Tibetan refugee camps in India, where he met Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984), who became his principal teacher. In 1969, the Lamas began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1974 they began traveling the world to spread the Dharma. Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition in 1975.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Dr. Nick Ribush to establish Kurukulla Center in 1989.


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.

This Week at Kurukulla Center

Sunday - Jul 15, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion with Dr. Nick Ribush

Monday - Jul 16, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM Meditation 101 with Sean González

 Chökhor Duche: Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

Tuesday - Jul 17, 2018

7:00 -8:45 PM Yoga & Meditation with Mimi Izzo

Wednesday - Jul 18, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM Dharma Discussion with Thubten Damchoe

Friday - Jul 20, 2018

7:00 - 8:30 PM Tara Puja

Sunday - Jul 22, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion with Dr. Nick Ribush

12:45 - 2:15 PM Lama Chopa (Guru Puja)



To see what else is coming up, see our Calendar


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Special Hotel Rates during Rinpoche’s visit!!!
Posted Jul 08 2018 10:00:00pm

A discounted hotel room rate of $199.00+ tax has been pre-arranged at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Medford, MA. The discounted rate is available from Friday August 17 to Monday August 20. The Hyatt is a newly renovated and very comfortable hotel, only a twelve minute walk to Kurukulla Center, and at $199/night, it’s a great price.

Please make your reservations no later than August 3rd to receive the discounted rate. The discount will not be available after this date.

IMPORTANT: When calling to make reservations 1-888-492-8847, please mention the Lama Zopa Rinpoche or Kurukulla Center room block to receive the special rate.

If you prefer to make arrangements on-line please go to this site and enter the reservation dates of stay. If you select dates that are outside of August 17 to 20, the rate will not show up. Once the dates of stay are entered, select “Special Rates” and select “Corporate or Group Code” and enter G-KCRB as the group code. The reservation page for the group (Lama Zopa) will then be displayed.

We hope to see you for these very special teachings with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

If you have any questions please contact info@kurukulla.org

Wednesday Evening Classes with Geshe Tenley: Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Origination
Posted Jun 09 2018 11:00:00am

Wednesday Evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

In Praise of Dependent Origination by Je Tsongkhapa is considered to be one of the most profound works in Tibetan Buddhism. It addresses the relationship between emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, and dependent origination, the realization that things do not exist independently from other factors such as causes and conditions. It is said that Je Tsongkhapa composed this poetic text the very morning that he attained the realization of the unity of emptiness and dependent origination.

The study of dependent origination is considered the "king of logic," enabling us to understand how the doctrine of emptiness is compatible with our common experience of the world.

You can download a copy of the root text or e-mail spc@kurukulla.org if you would like a hard copy.

If you cannot make it to the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by watching the live broadcast online .