TCLAboutPage_HHDL About Tse Chen Ling

Tse Chen Ling means “Land of Great Compassion” in the Tibetan language. Our center was named by His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. We are a non-profit, volunteer based organization located in the Ingleside District of San Francisco, en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Center was founded in 1990 by Venerable Carol Corradi, and it operates under the spiritual guidance of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche under the umbrella of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

We are a meditation, study and practice center. We offer courses following the basic Buddhist studies program, advanced Tibetan Buddhist studies, as well as other basic life improvement classes. As an urban center, we are pleased to offer a taste of long retreat by hosting several weekend retreats per year. We are especially happy to host qualified Buddhist masters from all over the world, particularly from India and Tibet. We are grateful to have dedicated local instructors and facilitators to lead many of our classes.

Our doors are open to anyone sincerely interested in discovering the Buddhist path. Membership is also open to all who wish to support our ever evolving center.

TCLPage_LamaZopa Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. At the age of three, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, who had lived nearby. At age ten, Rinpoche went to Tibet, where he stayed until the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him into exile in India, where he met Lama Yeshe. The Lamas went to Nepal in 1967 and started teaching Dharma to Westerners. In 1974, they began traveling around the world to teach and establish centers of Dharma. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Rinpoche took over as spiritual head of their organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which continues to flourish under his peerless leadership. From time to time, TCL and our sister centers are extremely blessed to host teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. May he live a long life and return to the Bay Area again soon.

TCLPage_GesheLa Resident Teacher Geshe Ngawang Dakpa

The Tse Chen Ling Community is fortunate to have a resident teacher of the caliber of Geshe Ngawang Dakpa. The title of Geshe is conferred upon a master who has completed a comprehensive and arduous academic program in Tibetan Buddhism, akin to a doctorate degree. Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, was selected to come teach at TCL by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1999. Originally from Tibet, Geshe Dakpa became a monk at age ten. In 1959, he fled Tibet to India. After earning a Masters with honors at Sanskrit University in Benares, he was invited by the queen of Sikkim to teach Tibetan and Buddhism in Sikkim for nearly 20 years before returning to Sera Je Monastery in South India to earn his Geshe degree. He has taught extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States. May he continue to grace us with his wisdom and compassion for many years to come.

In the words of our Spiritual Master Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “Geshe-la is an extremely well qualified teacher… (Geshe-la) is an expert in most aspects of Tibetan education – grammar, poetry, all these things. Therefore, he’s an extremely good person to teach the basic program, all the philosophical subjects that are commentaries to the lam-rim (stages of the path to enlightenment). You now have a great opportunity to learn all this. The idea is to start a four-year program in these subjects at our San Francisco center, Tse Chen Ling. I’m just telling you this to make you aware of the possibilities, these great opportunities to learn Buddhism more deeply and extensively.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche (April 30, 1999)