History

Our History is a History of Service

Tse Chen Ling was founded in 1990 in the lineage of Je Tsong Khapa of Tibet, under the guidance of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche.  It opened its doors on June 8th, celebrating the 15th day of Saka Dawa with Lama Chopa/Tsog ritual offering and a teaching by Venerable Lati Rinpoche to a group of 15 people crowded into a small North Beach studio.  The Center has occupied  many different spaces over the years before settling into our newest home at 300 Jules Avenue.  Geshe Ngawang Dakpa joined our staff in 1999 as our resident teacher.  Happily, Geshe-la has graced us with his precious teachings ever since.

Throughout its evolution, Tse Chen Ling has been home to many directors, program coordinators, support staff, volunteers, instructors, and more.  For over 20 years, students have come through TCL’s doors for instruction, meditation and friendship.  We have strived to serve the evolving needs of an urban community and have worked to meet the demands of a fluctuating economy.  We have maintained a continuous and active program filled with a variety of offerings.  Our new meditation hall can comfortably accommodate 80 or more students.  We plan to keep our doors open for all who seek respite from the suffering of cyclic existence, whether they are looking for a peaceful refuge, the wealth of the Buddha’s teachings or just a cup of tea.

Over the years, our directors have preserved Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision and guided the Center on the path of service.  They have borne countless challenges and responsibilities, often at their own expense.  We are grateful to all the directors, teachers, staff, volunteers, sponsors and members who have kept us going all these years.