Tibetan Community Information Resource and Directory of Tibetan
Web sites. Local Meditation Centres in the Dharamsala area.
A link to His Holiness’s teaching schedule (published by The
Office of Tibet, London) is available on the DharamsalaNet
Homepage (just look for the portrait of His Holiness and click!)
This site is devoted to the authentic representation of the
Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the four major schools
of Buddhism preserved and practiced in Tibet. The term Karma
Triyana Dharmachakra is from the Sanskrit and translates loosely
as "the place under the spiritual guidance and protection
of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa (Karma) where all three
(Tri) levels (yana) of the Buddha's teachings (Dharma) are
preserved and taught (chakra)." The term, as used for
this Web site, refers in particular to His Holiness Karmapa's
main monastic seat in North America at Woodstock, New York,
and generally to all of the projects and activities that manifest
from there through His Holiness's inspiration, blessings,
Sakya Monastery, located in the Greenwood neighborhood of
Seattle, Washington, provides access to the Buddha's teachings
and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery
provides a place to learn from high-qualified and spiritual
Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting. Sakya Monastery's
Head Lama is His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (Rinpoche),
a non-sectarian master within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Sakya Monastery offers many classes, programs and empowerments
for those interested in learning more about Tibetan Buddhist
teachings and spiritual practices.
The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is a Tibetan Vajrayana organization
founded by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche with dharma centers
in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. The original
Chagdud Gonpa was a monastery in Tibet, founded in the 12th
century and rebuilt after a fire in the 13th century. From
the time of it's rebuilding to the present, the Gonpa has
functioned as a center of Dharma, a place of teaching and
practice, and, until 1959, as the primary seat of the 16 successive
incarnations of Chagdud Rinpoche. The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation
was established in 1983 by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to preserve
Nyingma teachings and to provide instruction in the traditions
of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the arts, philosophy, and
meditation practices. Chagdud Gonpa centers sponsor many events
and retreats throughout the year.
Nyingma Centers was established in 1976 by Head Lama Tarthang
Tulku as an umbrella organization to protect, unite and expand
the distinct organizations of the Nyingma mandala. The six
all-volunteer registered non-profit organizations of Nyingma
Centers, their affiliated projects and international centers
support a variety of activities focusing on spiritual growth,
establishment of the Dharma in the West, support of Tibetans
in exile, publishing in English and other western languages,
publishing Buddhist texts in the Tibetan for distribution
in Asia, and Buddhist cultural restoration projects in many
parts of the world. The affiliated Nyingma Volunteer program
offers individuals the opportunity to live, work, practice
and study in a Buddhist community dedicated to preserving
the precious wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and
making this unparalleled knowledge available for the benefit
of the world.
This is the network of centers founded by the the late Vidyadhara
the Ven Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, renowned for his ability
to present authentic Buddhist teachings in English in a modern
idiom. The Shambhala organization currently consists of more
than 150 centers, throughout the US and Europe (a few in South
America and Asia), as well as major rural contemplative practice
centers and a monastic center. Introductory programs in meditation
as well as the complete path of Tibetan Buddhism of the Kagyu
and Nyingma schools are presented. Trungpa Rinpoche was also
renowned for his presentation of the teachings of Shambhala,
related to the Kalacakra tantra, presented in a series of
popular, non sectarian, secular meditation programs called
Shambhala Training, based on creatinga vision of enlightened
society and the tradition of warriorship. The Shambhala mandala
of centers is currently directed by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche,
eldest son of Trungpa Rinpoche. He is assisted in his teaching
by a number of acaryas, senior students of Chogyam Trungpa
WorldView is an organization devoted to the preservation,
study and practice of authentic, accurate Tibetan Buddhism.
WorldView's purpose is to: preserve the remaining teachings
of Buddhist masters of ancient India and Tibet. bring those
teachings to the west and adapt them for western culture.
make available a thorough, accurate and effective program
of Buddhist study for anyone interested.
Please visit ACIP's dedicated website for complete information,
programs, graphics images and digital texts. ACI uses scriptures
from the original masters of India and Tibet to teach Buddhism
adapted to western culture. Classes include: meditation, Buddhist
philosophy, Tibetan language, a home-study correspondence
course, and more. Sample lectures are available in RealAudio.
This site offers Videotapes and RealAudio files from the Asian
Classics Institute. Associated with Geshe Michael Roach. It
videotaping high quality Dharma teachings, providing free
videotape duplication of these teachings, producing a weekly
Public Access Cable TV show based on these teachings.
The Karma Kagyu Buddhist Network (KKBN) is an international
computer network which is operated by volunteer coordinators
in order to enable and enhance communication between organizations,
centers, groups and individuals. The KKBN provides information
about the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, supports
communication among interested parties and introduces a world-wide
online Sangha. The KKBN exists under the spiritual guidance
of the 17th Karmapa, Thaye Dorje and is directed by Lama Ole
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
Web site. Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten
Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their
exile in India, met their first Western student in 1965 and
by 1971 had settled at Kopan, near Kathmandu in Nepal. Due
to demand, they began teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation
to increasing numbers of travellers, who in turn started groups
and centers in their own countries.
Rigpa is an international network of meditation centers and
groups under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche and HE Dzogchen
Rinpoche. Sogyal Rinpoche has lived and taught in the West
for more than twenty years, Rinpoche has developed a profound
insight into the modern mind. His rare gift for communication
cuts through cultural, religious and psychological barriers
to reveal the essential truths of the Buddha's teaching. The
ease, humor, and warmth with which he teaches opens the hearts
and minds of his audience to an intensely personal experience
of their own true nature. Rinpoche travels widely in Europe,
North America, Australia and parts of Asia, leading retreats
and trainings based on his book, which offer spiritual care
for the living and the dying.
Founded by The Venerable Shylapa Rinpoche, Rangrig Yeshe is
devoted to preserving Buddhist teachings and to promoting
the benefit of all sentient beings. Shyalpa Rinpoche has established
centers worldwide, including Dzogchen Ati Ling in the United
States and the Shyalpa Monastery in Nepal. Rinpoche leads
retreats and pilgrimages in Nepal and Tibet and sponsors Tibetan
refugee children. Rinpoche's profound understanding of Western
culture allows him to present authentic teachings in a manner
which is fresh, direct, and of unique benefit to each individual.
Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center hosts programs and retreats
in a contemplative setting. RMSC is located on 600 acres in
a valley of forests and meadows in the northern Colorado Rockies.
It is a place where people can practice and study various
meditation traditions, train in contemplative arts, connect
with the natural elements, and rediscover their own richness,
gentleness, and compassion.
Padmasambhava Buddhist Center spreads the teachings of Buddhism
according to the Nyingma school lineage of Tibet. The Center
was first established in New York in 1989, with the encouragement
of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, by the Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab,
Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Rinpoche. Khenchen
Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, known informally
as "the Khenpos," are the teachers and spiritual
leaders of PBC. They also direct the activities of the New
York Center, its many branches in the U.S.A., Puerto Rico
and Russia, and its retreat center Padma Samye Ling in upstate
Founded by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and based in the Santa Cruz
mountains of California, the Vajrayana Foundation has been
established to preserve and teach dharma in the West. We offer
group and private retreats, the Vajarayana Foundation College
of Buddhist Studies, the Tibetan Arts Institue and more.
The Cambridge Sangha (Massachusetts) was formed in 1992 by
practitioners and students interested in Dzogchen and the
teachings of Lama Surya Das. Since then the sangha has grown
into a community that provides ongoing support of its members'
spiritual development and practice, as well as an opportunity
for the general public to experience the unique practice of
Dzogchen in an accessible environment.
Ligmincha Institute, founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in
1992, was created to preserve the Tibetan Bön culture
and teachings, especially the practices of dzogchen. The web
site provides information on Bön and dzogchen as well
as the activities of Ligmincha Institute and associated centers.
Set up in 1985 by the Ven Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey who had taught
thousands of westerners over 13 years at the Library of Tibetan
Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India. Currently the lama
is Ven Thupten Tulku. The site has information about the Centre,
its teachers, classes, online newsletter, articles and links
to internet resources.
Is a Tibetan centres affiliated to the Dalai Lama inspired
"The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana
Tradition". This Tibetan Buddhist site has some great
graphics and good content, so is certainly worth a visit.
It has a Virtual Thangka gallery with excellent graphics and
brilliant Tibetan Buddhist screen savers which can be downloaded
Kunzang Palyul Choling, a Nyingma temple and center located
in Poolesville, Maryland, USA, the resident lama of which
is Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the first Western woman recognized
and enthroned as a tulku.
This website is in both English and French. Kadampa Buddhism
is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha,
an Indian Buddhist Master who is largely responsable for the
reintroduction of Buddhism in Tibet during the 11th century.
Kadampa Buddhists integrate all the teachings of Buddha into
their practice of Lamrim applying their understanding of Lamrim
into their daily lives.
The Institute of Buddhist Learning & Practice has branches
in Australia, Asia, and canada, with Sydney as the headquarters.
The spiritual director is His Eminence Khejok Rinpoche and
the lineage is Gelugpa of Tibetan Buddhism.
An international institute for Buddhist higher studies in
Boudhanath, Nepal, modeled on a traditional Tibetan Shedra,
under the guidance of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chokling Rinpoche.
The Rangjung Yeshe Institute Shedra Studies Program was established
in 1997 by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche for those wishing to deepen
their insight and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.
A non-profit organization offering introductory meditation
classes and retreats throughout the Chicago area, as well
as in Madison, WI. Vajrayana Center also offers the Foundation
Program, a structured program of study in the basic subjects
of Mahayana Buddhism [correspondence program available]. Classes
are taught in English by western Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang
Khedrub and are open to everyone.
Dechen Dharma Community are a group of centres across Europe
and the UK under the guidance of Karma Thinley Rinpoche and
Lama Jampa Thaye, both Kagyu and Sakya masters and recognised
authentic lineage holders. They have been established for
more than 20 years.
Madhyamaka Centrewas founded in 1983 by a Tibetan Lama called
Geshe Kelsang, who had been invited to England by a group
of people wanting to learn authentic meditation techniques
from a qualified master. The centre started in Hebden Bridge,
and later moved to the city of York. As it grew in popularity
it moved again, this time to Kilnwick Percy Hall just outside
York, where there was sufficient space to accommodate its
growing programme of activities.
Official website of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Supreme Head
of the Nyingmapa, and Palyul centers worldwide. Teaching and
retreat schedules of His Holiness and authorized Palyul teachers,
center addresses, and other resources to students of His Holiness
or to those new to Buddhism are all available here.
Comprehensive and up-to-date information about Ven. Thubten
Chodron, her Teachings, Dharma Activity Schedules (Dharma
Classes, Meditation Retreats, etc), Publications, Book Reviews
and other special events. Born in 1950, Ven. Thubten Chodron
grew up near Los Angeles. She studied and practiced Buddhism
of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal.
Ven Chodron was a co-organizer of "Life as a Western
Buddhist Nun", and took part in the conferences of Western
Buddhist teachers with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1993
and 1994. She currently lives and teaches in Seattle with
the Dharma Friendship Foundation and continues to travel worldwide
to teach the Dharma.
This site is a comparative database of commentaries on the
Tonglen/Lojong practice and the seven points of Mind Training
by Osho, Trungpa, Pema Chodron, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Alan
Wallace. It also incudes an on-line bookstore of books and
tapes on the Mind training practice.
The Turtle Hill Sangha is a community of Nyingma householders
near Summertown, Tennessee, and operates under the guidance
of the Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and the Ven. Khenpo
Tsewang Dongyal, Rinpoche. Affiliated with the Padmasambhava
Buddhist Centers, the Turtle Hill Sangha offers a bookstore
and facilities for individual retreats. The Turtle Hill website
is a respository for several hundred pages of teachings and
Vajrayana philosophy and folklore.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India is the seat of His Holiness
the Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpo was founded by His Holiness
the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447. It is one
of the four great monasteries of Central Tibet which was supervised
and looked after by the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and
has the glory of producing thousands of renowned scholars
in the field of Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy.
A concise explanation of the spiritual aspects of Tibetan
Buddhism including Tantra and Dzogchen. Also a consideration
of its relation with other branches of Buddhism such as Zen
and Vipassana. Links available to a synthesis of the world's
spiritual traditions in light of modern psychology and science.
Established by Venerable Segyu Choepel Rinpoche, the Healing
Buddha Foundation promotes the practice of Tibetan Buddhism
(Gelugpa) and represents the Sed-Gyued Datsang Tantric Colleges
of India, Nepal and Tibet. We serve local communities in North
and South America with teachings, retreats, and workshops
on Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Medicine and Psycho-Spiritual
Healing. Our Psycho-Spiritual Healing Clinics employ techniques
based on Buddhist psychology and Tibetan Tantric Medicine
to address Westerners needs for physical, emotional,
and spiritual healing.
The New Kadampa Tradition was founded by Ven. Geshe Kelsang
Gyatso Rinpoche. He has written over 15 books on Buddhism
from the basic introductory to the most profound Tantric practices.
He has also founded over 300 buddhist centres throughout the
This centre is the largest agglomeration of retreat centres
and monastic hermitages in Europe. It belongs to the Karma
Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is placed under the
spiritual direction of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje
and Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. The centre consists of two sites
- Le Bost and Laussedat which jointly include: two large monastic
hermitages for the lamas, monks and nuns; eight 3-year and
two long duration retreat centres for the transmission and
intensive practice of Vajrayana meditation; the 'Karmapa's
Temple' and a lay persons hermitage for short retreats.
This site focuses on the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Pantheon.
Each of the beings named here represents a unique spiritual
personality or essence. The principal beings are the five
Dhyani Buddhas - the esoteric meditation Buddhas of the five
colors found in The Tibetan Book of the Dead and other sources.
The contemplative poetry presented in the website evokes the
thoughts and images of these beings using the metaphor of
music. Each poem can be looked at as a meditative exercise
or visualization designed to tune the reader to the state
of mind or spiritual environment of the being that is speaking.
Snow Lion Publications is the "premier English-language
publisher of scholarly and trade books about Tibet and Tibetan
Buddhism."-- Richard Hughes Seager, "Buddhism in
America" (Columbia University Press, 1999).
His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is a high incarnate Lama
of the 600-year-old Gaden Shartse Monastery, a Tibetan monastic
university which is now in South India. He continues the work
of his previous incarnation as the 72nd abbot of this illustrious
university with his devotion to the authentic lineage of the
Gelugpa tradition. Beloved for his unconventional, contemporary
approach, Rinpoche brings Buddhist teachings to the modern
spiritual seeker by connecting ancient worlds with current
cultures and ways of living. Rinpoche has always worked with
a deeply compassionate heart to bring happiness and relief
to people everywhere.
Kechara Media and Publications is the young but growing publishing
arm of the Kechara organisation and focuses especially on
the publication and dissemination of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s
teachings. Newsletters, books, DVDs, CDs and websites produced
by KMP strive to make Dharma as accessible and approachable
as possible for anyone interested in finding their own spiritual
Kechara.com is a not-for-profit online store that provides
easy access to Buddhist images which are iconographically
correct and of the best value for the spiritual seeker. From
silver statues to traditional thangkas to painted tsa tsas
to exquisite jewellery, a wide variety of Buddhas from the
Tibetan pantheon are available. Popular items include chakras
for protection and wealth vases, which are handmade with special
ingredients and consecrated by monks at the monastery.
This site is dedicated to the teachings of Choegyal Namkhai
Norbhu Rinpoche, a teacher in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan
Buddhist meditation. It list the monthly practice calendar,
retreat information, information about our worldwide organization,
and a short explanation of Dzogchen.
The Dzogchen Community of Namgyalgar Asia Pacific's retreat
centre is near Tilba on the coast of New South Wales, Australia
and is associated with Dzogchen Communities around the world
founded by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Please visit
our bookshop for titles on the Dzogchen tradition.
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