Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, New Mexico was founded in 2000 as the Ksitigarbha study group. It is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), whose spiritual director is Lama Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is an international Tibetan Buddhist organization with affiliated centers, projects and services worldwide http://www.fpmt.org. The organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe. The teachings are in the Gelugpa lineage of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
KTBC started as a study group in 2000. Christina Lundberg http://fpmt.org/media/mystic-tibet/credits-and-sponsors/ who had put together 'Discovering Buddhism', http://fpmt.org/education/programs/discovering-buddhism/ as a pilot program needed to test it out on a group of students. Christina was in Taos at the time and the Ksitigarbha study group were the pilot group. Lama Zopa Rinpoche was invited to Taos and offered a space to use as the international office. At that same time Ven. Robina Courtin was running the 'Liberation Prison Project', http://www.liberationprisonproject.org/ here in Taos.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche named the group Ksitigarbha. Geshe Sherab was teaching and Mary Moegenberg was the director. The group was offering teachings at the Jewish Center. Memebers would set up everything, everytime, carrying all of the items in their cars. After Geshe Sherab left Ven. Connie Miller http://www.lamayesheling.org/venerable_connie_miller_biography was teaching a handful of members at the FPMT international office location. Then Ven. Connie Miller and Don Handrick shared teachings and Bill Blackburn was still in charge and the group was back at the Jewish Center once a week or so. Ginger Gallegos was the treasurer and found a location for the group and Reg Blount was appointed Director.