Kurukulla Center

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 Zopa Rinpoche.

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 special events.

Classes are open to everyone, regardless of one's background or experience. However, we are happy to direct prospective students to the courses most suitable.

Introductory Classes/Buddhism in a Nutshell

These are designed for newcomers to Buddhism. These classes present an overview of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Buddhist practices. More...

Discovering Buddhism

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...

Main Program

These are taught by our resident lama, Geshe Tenley. More...

Visiting Teachers

Both Tibetan and western are invited to teach on a broad spectrum of topics, traditional and contemporary. More...

Pujas and Buddhist Holidays

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..

Special Events

In the fall of 2005, we were 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.