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Kurukulla Center is Honored to Welcome The 104th Ganden Tripa, Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo
Posted May 10 2018 09:00:00am

Kurukulla Center is Honored to Welcome
The 104th Ganden Tripa,
Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo
Monday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 12

We are deeply honored to welcome the 104th Ganden Tripa, Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo to Kurukulla Center. Tri Rinpoche will bless us with his presence at the Center for more than a week and we hope you can join us during this time.

The Ganden Tripa ‘Holder of the Ganden Throne’ is the title of the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The Gaden Tripa is an appointed office for a term of seven years. Kurukulla Center is a Gelug temple where, at the core of our offerings are the teachings and practices of Lama Tsongkhapa. Therefore it is the highest honor to host the Ganden Tripa.

Please stay tuned for details of the Ganden Tripa’s arrival time so we can formally give him a warm welcome to the Center.

The teaching schedule is as follows:

Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland

  • Wednesday, June 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Friday, June 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality. In the Precious Garland, he offers intimate counsel on how to conduct one's life and how to construct social policies that reflect Buddhist ideals. The advice for personal happiness is concerned first with improving one's condition over the course of lifetimes, and then with release from all kinds of suffering, culminating in Buddhahood.

Cittamani Tara, Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation

  • Saturday, June 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Cittamani Tara, is a highest yoga tantra form of Tara, seen as an embodiment of active compassion and promises assistance when called upon. Tara the liberator removes obstacles and empowers us to reach enlightenment within this very body, this very life. Commitments, if any, will be announced closer to the date.

White Tara, Long Life Initiation

  • Sunday, June 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

White Tara is one of the main 21 manifestations of Arya Tara. She is known particularly for her swiftness in fulfilling the long‑life wishes of the practitioner.

Nagarjuna’s Praise to Satisfying Sentient Beings

  • Monday, June 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Kurukulla Center has a very precious connection to this text. The late Venerable Geshe Tsulga's final request to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in October 2010 was to give a teaching on this text at the Main Temple of Sera Lachi Monastery from the throne that Geshe Tsulga had sponsored to build. His Holiness gave the oral transmission of this text at the Jangchub Lamrim teachings at Sera Lachi on December 25, 2015, and the Center sponsored the publication of 14,500 Tibetan and English copies of the text that was offered to the attendees. You can download a copy of the English text.

Biography of 104th Ganden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism on June 24, 2017.

Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo was born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, he entered Sera Je Monastery where he was enrolled into Tsangpa Khangtsen at the age of seventeen.

Following a rigorous study of the Buddhist philosophies, he obtained the highest honor of Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979 after debate examinations attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist scholars.

Ater receiving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became a master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there at Gyume Tantric University.

In 1985, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him as the abbot of Gyume Tantric University, a position he held for 6 years.

Since then he has taught widely in India and the West. He was also the Spiritual Director at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling dharma center based in North America.

He was appointed to the position of Jangtse Choje in 2010, which placed him second in line for the position of Gaden Tripa after former Sharpa Chojey late Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin at that time.


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

Wednesday - May 23, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Arising with Geshe Tenley

Thursday - May 24, 2018

7:00 - 8:45 PM Lama Chopa (Guru Puja)

Sunday - May 27, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Teaching with Dr. Nick Ribush

Monday - May 28, 2018

 Memorial Day

7:00 - 9:00 PM CANCELED: Introductory series

Tuesday - May 29, 2018

 Sakadawa: Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana

4:30 - 5:00 AM Eight Mahayana Precepts

5:00 - 5:45 AM Recitation of the Diamond Cutter Sutra

7:00 - 8:45 PM CANCELED: Yoga & Meditation with Wendy Cook

7:00 - 8:30 PM Medicine Buddha Puja

Wednesday - May 30, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Arising with Geshe Tenley

Saturday - Jun 2, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Recitation of the Kangyur and Tengyur

Sunday - Jun 3, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Tenley



To see what else is coming up, see our Calendar


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Wednesday Evening Classes with Geshe Tenley: Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Origination
Posted Feb 26 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 .