Saka Dawa Friday June 9th!

Friday June 9:
Sakadawa Celebration
5:30am: Precepts*
9am: Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
10am: Sutra reading
4pm: Medicine Buddha Puja
6:30pm: 16 Arhat Puja
                 with Geshe Dakpa
*please RSVP to if you will be taking precepts – also, please let us know is this is the first time you are taking precepts. Thank you!

Intro to Tantra with Ven. Amy Miller on May 4th

Introduction to Tantra
with Ven. Amy Miller
Thursday May 4th

Join us as we learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. We’ll get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. We’ll also learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results!

Suggested donation $25
RSVP via email to: to reserve a space!

Discovering Buddhism module #9 “Samsara & Nirvana” starts April 13th

DB Class Module #9
“Samsara & Nirvana”
with Ven. Palmo
Thursdays 7pm-9pm

Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Learn how to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever!

Classes begin on Thur 4/13
and run for 7 classes
(no class on May 4th)
Practice Day on Sat 6/3
Register in class on 4/13

(These classes are offered for free but donations are always appreciated.)

Losar Celebration at Tse Chen Ling

Losar Celebration!
Tibetan New Year 2144
Year of the Firebird
Sunday February 26th

Tse Chen Ling is honored to host Ven. Geshe Lobsang of the Sera Jey Foundation for this celebratory Sunday event in anticipation of the Tibetan New Year.

Join us for a day of festivities!

Prayers and advice for a Happy & Peaceful Year of
the Fire Bird

Live Music (Mandolin orchestra)

Pot Luck Lunch

– Tibetan tea
– cake
– music
– raffle drawing

Refuge and Lay Vows Ceremony with Geshe Dakpa

Geshe Dakpa has kindly accepted to give the vows of Refuge.

Geshe-la has also agreed to give the vows of a layperson to any who may be interested.

Sunday October 9th  10am-12pm

All those seeking to take Refuge and/or lay vows are welcome to join and MUST RSVP before Oct. 7th.

Please RSVP to:
if you will be joining us.

Thank you!

Weekend Retreat with Don Handrick May 28-29

Please RSVP by May 26th to:
if you will be joining us.
Include in your RSVP if you prefer vegan or vegetarian lunch on Saturday.

“Cultivating Clarity & Compassion”
Weekend Retreat
with Don Handrick

Saturday May 28 10a-3p
Sunday May 29 10a-12p

Meditations on developing mindfulness and concentration for more clarity and peace, as well as basic mantra recitation and visualization practices to quickly awaken our potential for love and compassion.


Don is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling in New Mexico. He began his Buddhist studies in 1993, taking many classes at Tse Chen Ling Center here in San Francisco.
Don completed the FPMT Masters Program of Buddhist Studies at Lama Tsongkhapa Institute in Italy.
He has received teachings from many esteemed and precious lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

Airport Reminder & Change in Schedule for Wed 2/10

Just a reminder:  Geshe Dakpa arrives home on Friday 2/12/16!  Join us at SFO International Terminal at 10:15am to welcome him home.

Also, the scheduled Lama Chopa Tsog with 100K tsog offerings for Lama Zopa Rinpoche scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday 2/10/16 has been changed to 9am that day.  This will be followed by Ksitigarbha Practice from 11am-12pm instead of the previously scheduled time of 5pm-6pm.

Happy New Year from Tse Chen Ling Center!

We’re only a month away from our Ksitigarbha deadline of February 1st.  We need your help to get all those mantras done!  We’ve added an additional group practice day to our calendar (Sundays from 11am-12pm) and changed the time on our Wednesday group practice from 7pm-8pm.  Hope you can join us!

There are still raffle tickets available for our Holiday raffle, the proceeds of which will help finance the Tengyur readings at Sera Jey (part of the earthquake practices Lama Zopa has requested).  The tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be after tsog on January 19th.  You don’t need to be present to win. If you’d like to purchase tickets but can’t make it to the center, send an email to: and we’ll make sure you’re entered into the raffle.

Wishing all our friends and members a happy, healthy and joyous new year!!