Thank You!

Dear Friends of Tse Chen Ling,

      Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised $100K for the down payment to buy our building. We could not have achieved this enormous goal without all of you and for that, we are so grateful!
      We are now beginning the process to find the best deal for financing the remainder of the cost and we will keep you all updated on our progress.   
      Also, just a reminder that it’s not too late to make an end of year donation to Tse Chen Ling Center.  It’s completely tax deductible and you will generate skies of merit! 
      Our center is 100% volunteer managed and depends on your generosity to continue to bring the Dharma to all (and to keep the lights on, pay the water bill and other mundane but necessary costs!).  
        Thank you for your continued membership and support of our center. Wishing big love and blessings to you and yours during this holiday season.
On behalf of the Tse Chen Ling staff,
Lisa Nystrom
Center Director

The ART of Fulfillment with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi now on Jan. 6 & 27, 2018

These classes have been rescheduled for Saturdays on January 6 and 27, 2018 – please check back soon for the registration link! Thank you!
  • What makes you who you are?
  • Is it your upbringing or does society play a part?
  • Are you fulfilling your true potential?
These are some of the questions that you will investigate on
The a.r.t. of Fulfillment.
Through practical exercises you will translate your learning into action that will shift your outlook of yourself and actions in the world.
Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s Mind & Life Dialogues, this course aims to delve deeper to bridge the gap between analytical thinking and contemplative understanding to provide a holistic sense of yourself and tap into your potential.
This course is for anyone seeking positive personal and social change. You will be inspired through group exercises and discussions, along with extensive study and audio material, to challenge your own viewpoint and leave with the tools to solve everyday problems.
You must pre-register in order to receive the PDF of the course materials in advance of the class.
Fee: $75 includes all course materials and lunch at TCL.

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi became interested in meditation after reading “Be Here Now” an Autobiography of a Yogi in the early 1970s.  In late 1991, she became co-director of Vajrapani Institute in California. Since 2008, she has been teaching at various centers world wide. Most recently, she was the resident teacher at Gendun Drugpa center in Canada and is now resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute. 

Opportunity to collect merit! Help us buy our building!

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
Tse Chen Ling is fortunate to be part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, an authentic lineage preserving the Buddha’s teachings in the tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa, started by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
We offer the Dharma through the precious teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa and many other great masters.  Named by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tse Chen Ling “Land of Great Compassion” opened on Saka Dawa, June 8th, 1990.
This Friday, June 9th, we will commemorate Saka Dawa and 27 years of preserving and sharing these extraordinary teachings.  During these years, we have moved many times within San Francisco to serve different neighborhoods, but our community has remained strong through all of these moves.  In October 2013 we moved into 302 Jules, our current location.
We have been raising funds for a down payment to purchase our building over the last few years.  Now, we have a remarkable opportunity to buy this San Francisco property at the 2013 price!  We have raised almost $100,000-we need less than $400,000 more to complete this purchase!  This is only $20,000 from twenty donors or forty donations of $10,000.  In a neighborhood where properties list for $800,000 to over $1Million, this is amazing!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said that it is very beneficial for Tse Chen Ling to buy this property; Geshe Dakpa has said the same.  It is our heart goal to fulfill the wishes of these Precious Jewels.
This Saka Dawa, a day when the benefits of positive actions are multiplied 100 million times, you can create incredible benefit by preserving the Dharma firsthand- enabling Tse Chen Ling to realize this aspiration.  Your gift will ensure the continuation of the teachings and satisfy the wishes of these Precious Lamas.
Please consider being one of the twenty, forty, one hundred or more, exemplary donors who pledge to accomplish this once in a lifetime goal.  This is the perfection of generosity!
With sincere thanks and best wishes,
Ven. Ngawang Choezum (Lisa Nystrom)
TCL Director
Ven. Jampa Chotso (Carol Corradi)
TCL Spiritual Program Coordinator
Donations may be made by sending a check to Tse Chen Ling Center or online via our Donate Now page here:
We are a 501(c)3 – all donations are tax deductible.

For more information or to discuss your donation, please contact us at:


New Geshe chosen for TCL! Rejoice!

Geshe Jamyang Tashi

Geshe  Jamyang  Tashi has been chosen by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as the new Resident Geshe for Tse Chen Ling and our sister center, Ocean of Compassion Center in Campbell!
Geshe Tashi is a Lharampa Geshe from Sera Jey Monastery and studied at Gyuto Tantric College. He was previously in charge of the education board at Sera Jey Monastery. He is originally from Ladakh and is 45 years old. He speaks some English and is happy to take classes and learn more.
He is excited to be joining us here in the Bay Area and we are eager to welcome him.
We will be initiating the immigration paperwork shortly and hope it won’t take too long.  Stay  tuned for more news.
Please join us in rejoicing about this wonderful news!


“Contemplative Psychotherapy” lecture & book signing June 24th

Tse Chen Ling Center
Lecture and Book Signing
Dr. Joe Loizzo
Saturday, June 24th, 2pm – 3pm

Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy is a manifesto of one of  the most promising breakthrough fields in contemporary science  and  public  health:  the multidisciplinary confluence of cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology and psychotherapy with humanity’s timeless contemplative arts and sciences preserved in the East.
Contextualizing the rise of mindfulness-based therapies as the first of three waves in this confluence, this volume brings together leading pioneers to explain that first wave and introduce readers to the second and third:  compassion-based and embodied contemplative therapies.
Books on sale at the event. All are welcome. Limited seating. P lease RSVP to  to reserve a space.
Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD,  is a contemplative psychotherapist, Buddhist scholar and author with over four decades’ experience integrating  Into-Tibetan mind science and healing arts into modern neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and clinical research.  He is founder and director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a clinician in private practice in Manhattan.

Ngondro Teachings with Geshe Dakpa on May 20-21!

SAVE THE DATE!   Ngondro Teachings with Geshe Dakpa on May 20 & 21!

Join us for a weekend of practical teaching on Ngondro.
Geshe Dakpa will explain each of the practices and give instruction on how to accumulate them. Open to everyone.
Ngondro refers to preliminary practices which enable practitioners to eliminate obstacles to understanding and accumulate merit so that Dharma practice will be most effective. Traditionally there are nine practices, each done 100,000 times.

Three sessions:
Sat 5/20 10am – noon and
2pm – 4pm
Sun 5/21 10am – noon.

Suggested Donation $150
($50 per session)

Please note: Attendance is limited to 50 participants.

Click here to register!