Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
134 Heather Roan, Upper Darby
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19082
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|The Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia is a non-sectarian organization that is open to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The main goal of the Center is to stimulate the cultivation of compassion and loving kindness, based on the philosophy and methods taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The Spiritual Director of the Center, Venerable Losang Samten, was born in Ribuce Chang, Tibet in 1953. He escaped to India in 1959, and in 1985 earned the degree of Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra Studies at Namgyal Monastery, the monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Losang is the founder and Spiritual Director of Tibetan Buddhist Centers in Lake Tahoe, El Paso and Hartford, as well as Philadelphia. He is the first Tibetan Buddhist to have demonstrated the creation of the sand mandala in the United States. Losang resides in Philadelphia when he is not visiting the other Centers or creating mandalas in other cities.
Our educational focus is to teach basic principles of Buddhist thought and practice, but it is not necessary to be a Buddhist to participate in the Center's programs and activities. Our friends and members come to the Center for a variety of reasons, such as religious and philosophical interests, appreciation for traditional Tibetan culture and art forms, or the social enjoyment of our community. Many people especially appreciate our wonderful meditation room. The Center offers classes in Buddhist topics, meditation sessions, seasonal retreats, workshops in traditional arts such as ritual dance, and social gatherings. We also sponsor special events such as performances by monks on tour. Our activities are directed to participants on all levels of experience and knowledge, from introductory classes to advanced practices.
Our members and friends are quite diverse. Whether you wish to visit occasionally or become a committed member, we welcome you.
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