Tibetan Buddhist Programs
Kurukulla Center offers a variety of classes and workshops suitable
for all levels of students. Our teachings are in the tradition of Lama
Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the
tradition followed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Yeshe and Kyabje
Geshe Tenley, our resident lama, teaches intermediate & advanced
level classes twice weekly. Highly qualified Western teachers teach entry-level
classes at regular intervals. We also offer traditional Buddhist practices
and pujas several times a month, weekend workshops and retreats, and
Classes are open to everyone, regardless of one's background or experience.
However, we are happy to direct prospective students to the courses most
These are designed for newcomers to Buddhism. These classes present
an overview of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Buddhist practices. More...
Discovering Buddhism is a series of 14 mini-courses on specific topics
in Buddhism. They are aimed at the entry-level student and those wanting
to integrate study and practice. More...
These are taught by our resident lama, Geshe Tenley. More...
Both Tibetan and western are invited to teach on a broad spectrum of
topics, traditional and contemporary. More...
These are celebrated on dates determined by the lunar calendar. All
are welcome to attend these group practices commemorating a milestone
in Shakyamuni Buddha's life or honoring a holy being in the Buddhist
Vajrayana tradition. More..
In the fall of 2005, we are fortunate to host Khensur Jampa Tegchok
as part of his tour of the United States. Geshe-la studied at Sera
Je Monastic University in Tibet before fleeing to India in 1959. He
taught at Nalanda Monastery in France for ten years and in 1993 His
Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him abbot of Sera Je Monastery in
India. Very skilled at teaching westerners, Geshe-la will teach on
mind-training or lojong.
Since opening our center, we’ve hosted many special events with
great Buddhist teachers including our most special event of 2003 when
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited to bless our temple. We also hold
weekend retreats, day-long workshops and tantric initiations several
times during the year. We have community events such as potlucks, animal
liberations and more.