Our doors are open to everyone regardless of level of experience with Buddhism. There is no charge to participate. Donations are appreciated. The Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center is an affiliate of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). To learn more about FPMT, click: http://www.fpmt.org
Our Spiritual Leaders
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, "In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world." Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1965. By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.
"It is important to understand that true practice is something we do from moment to moment, from day to day. We do whatever we can, with whatever wisdom we have, and dedicate it all to the benefit of others. We just live our life simply, to the best of our ability." –Lama Thubten Yeshe
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, was born in 1946 in Tham near the cave Lawudo in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life. When Rinpoche was about four years old, he was put in a Monastery close to the border between Nepal and Tibet, and studied there until he went to Tibet and took getsul ordination in 1958.
In 1959 Rinpoche escaped from Tibet and continued his studies in Sera Je monastery in Buxa Duar, in northern India, were he met and became the disciple of Lama Thubten Yeshe. Lama Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche's contact with Westerners began in 1965 in Darjeeling, when they met Princess Zina Rachevsky from Russia. She became the Lamas' first Western student.
At the insistence of Zina Rachevsky the Lamas started to teach courses on Buddhism for Westerns at Kopan. In 1971 Rinpoche took gelong ordination from His Holiness Ling Rinpoche in Bodh Gaya. By 1975, twelve centers had started. In 1976, the growing worldwide organization was named by Lama Yeshe 'the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition' (FPMT)
"As soon as your object of concern changes from yourself to someone else, your heart is released from the bondage of the self-cherishing thought. As soon as you change the object of your cherishing, there is peace in your heart." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Geshe Sherab teaching with the new light offerings added to our altar.
Geshe Sherab blessing our new Center
The members of KTBC outside our new Center with Geshe Sherab
Members with our precious Lama Zopa Rinpoche when he came to teach at our sister center in Santa Fe, August 2017
Who Is Ksitigarbha?
The Ksitigarbha bodhisattva has a deep relationship with the beings of the earth: humans and especially with the hungry ghosts and hell beings. This is mainly because these ghosts and hell beings are the most difficult to raise into a more fortunate condition due to their previous unwholesome actions. Thus Ksitigarbha has been known as the Teacher of the Dark Regions because of his past vow to save them all. The famous declaration “If I do not go to hell to help them, who else will?” is popularly attributed to Ksitigarbha. He has a connection with any being, no matter what crime or the karma and his aim is to help free them from suffering. He has many emanations and he has manifested in countless forms to save beings at different times and places.
Ksitigarbha was chosen by Lama Zopa as the patron bodhisattva for our assembly here in Taos.
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KSITIGARBHA TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTER
525B Salazar Road
P.O. Box 1434
Taos, NM, 87571