In 1999, Ven. Thupten Ngodup, the
Nechung Kuten founded the Bay Area Nechung Buddhist
Center. Kuten La envisioned the Dharma Center as a place
where local Tibetans and Westerners could study and
practice Tibetan Buddhism without regard to sect.
The Bay Area Nechung Buddhist Center,
affiliated with the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala, is
now a 501c3 nonprofit religious organization.
The Center is dedicated to promoting
the culture and wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
to people of all walks of life.
Our Resident Monk
Nechung Buddhist Center's Resident Monk
Ven. Ngawang Khenrab
received his novice monk's vows from the Drepung
Monatsery in Tibet from the renowned Master Geshe
Lamrimpa. Later in India he received the full ordination
of a Bikkshu from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his
residence on March 2nd, 1996. He finished his Bachelor's
Degree in Prajanaparamita, a total duration of nine
years of philosophical studies: six years of
prajnaparamita studies and three years of logic and
reasoning studies. Though Ngawang Khenrab-la has
finished his traditional studies in India, he began his
studies while still in Tibet.
Before coming to the US
in 2005, Ven. Ngawang Khenrab completed his tenure as
the Disciplinarian at the Nechung Monastery in
Dharamsala. The board of directors there requested he
extend his tenure, as he pursued his duties with such
tenacity and excellence. He fulfilled a total of three
years as Disciplinarian of the monastery before coming
to the US to fulfill our request for a resident monk.
Since his arrival to our
Center in 2005, Ngawang Khenrab, our resident monk, has
â€œhit the ground runningâ€ and become quite busy providing
all kinds of pujas and services for our Nechung friends
and members. Ven. Ngawang Khenrab has been doing house
and business blessing ceremonies, special pujas and
prayers for kids, marriage, and sick and dying people.
rebuild the original Nechung Monastery when there is a
true religious freedom in Tibet.
2. To help
the Nechung Monastery in exile in India through finding
sponsors and donors for the young monks to aid in their
education, health and living facilities.
3. To help
individuals, families and organizations in the US,
especially the Bay area through prayer and ritual
services and educating them about spiritual values and
4. To keep
the rich spiritual and cultural tradition of Tibet
alive. Today, Tibetans regularly flock to the teachings
and prayer gatherings organized by the Nechung Buddhist
In Addition to Kuten La,
a number of eminent Lamas visit
and teach at the center.
A brief word about our visiting
Ven. Nechung Rinpoche The current
Nechung Rinpoche was born in Lhasa in 1985. He went to
school in Tibet for some years before coming to the
Nechung Monastery in 1993. At that time the 14th Dalai
Lama and the Nechung Oracle mutually recognized him as
the reincarnation of the previous Nechung Rinpoche who
passed away in 1982.
Ven. Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Thubten
Dawa) was born in 1931 in Tibet.
At the age of 16 he
entered the Jangtse College of Ganden Monastic
University. In 2004 his Holiness the Dalai Lama
appointed him Abbot of the Namgyal Monastery in
Ven. Geshe Lobsang Khenrab was born
in 1932 in Tibet. In 1956 he joined Drepung Monastery.
In 1992 Geshe-la achieved the title of â€œGeshe Lharampa.â€
His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche is a
renowned Dzogchen master of the Nyingma tradition as
well as a scholar of sutra, tantra, astrology and
mediÂcine. Rinpoche is the 4th incarnation in a lineage
of scholars from Kham, Tibet.
Geshe Gedun Samdup joined Gaden
Jangtse MonÂastery in 1971, later achieving the degree
of Geshe Lharampa. Geshe-la has been living off and on
in the Bay Area, generously giving teachings and leading
pujas teachings at our Center.
Ven. Geshe Tenzin â€œKarmaâ€ Choephel
Ven. Dhubthob Rinpoche was born in
1929 in Lhoka Draknang, south of Lhasa. In 1937 at the
age of seven, Rinpoche was ordained a monk and entered
Drepung Monastery where he continued his studies for the
next 22 years.
What has NBC Been Doing
Since year 2000 when NBC first came
into inception, we have regularly offered teachings,
Tibetan language classes, monthly Tsok offerings and
special prayers in accordance with the Tibetan lunar
calendar. We have also invited highly respected and
qualified teachers and scholars from India and organized
teachings and initiations in addition to helping other
organizations and Dharma centers to organize teachings.
Over the last couple of years, the demand for our Center
and the resident monk and request for special prayers at
homes and at the Center has increased immensely.
Our resident monk has been catering
to every spiritual needs of the community such as house
blessings, business blessing ceremonies, special pujas
and prayers for kids, marriage blessings, attending to
the bed-sides of sick and dying people in their homes
and hospital for spiritual solace and leading regular
Tsok offering gatherings and other religious ceremonies
at the Center. In a nutshell, the Nechung Center has,
over the time, become a hub of spiritual and cultural
activities for the entire community.
In addition to that, the Centerâ€™s
current resident monk is also a highly skilled
astrologer, fully capable of exploring all aspects of
your life through the age-old traditional Tibetan
To schedule an appointment for a puja,
blessing, astroÂlogical reading, or any other spiritual
service, please contact Nechung Buddhist Center at
official branch of the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala,
India, the Nechung Buddhist Center faculty members teach
all stages of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language.
and teachings on Buddhism
Tse-Chu and Nyer-Nga Tsok offerings
gatherings on special days
Holiness the Dalai Lamaâ€™s teachings on video tapes and
Nechung Centerâ€™s Immediate Goal
Currently, NBC functions from a
rented house with a capacity of 30-40 people to hold
regular programs and teachings. But the steady increase
in the attendance prompts us to envision to own a larger
place to hold the regular events more efficiently.
Our vision is to create the Nechung
Buddhist Center much like a monastery in India and
Tibet. People can pray together, make offerings, do
circumambulations, study Dharma and practice for one
self and for the benefit of all beings.
For centuries, The Tibetan spiritual
and cultural has kept this way and NBC is aimed to share
this wisdom with the rest of the world.
In order to realize this dream, Ven.
Kuten-la has kindly decided to do fund-raising tour in
2009 to help raise funds to purchase property, with the
ultimate goal making a total payment or at least a down
payment on the best, conveniently, suitable piece of
property we can locate.
What We Are Looking For
NBC is looking for a property like a
church or a big house in an appropriate area that has a
big hall, several rooms with bathrooms and a kitchen.
Some of the goals we hope to include in our new
1. A Library that has a complete
collection of Tibetan Buddhist texts, the Kagyur and
Tengyur as well as other texts from the four schools of
2. Increase the number of resident
monks and teachers.
3. Regular classes on Buddhism and
4. Classes on Tibetan language and
For NBC, the purchase of a property is like
building a monastery in India and Tibet. Your contribution to this project
will help to flourish the Dharma, will touch many
peopleâ€™s lives and will go s long way and will eventually
benefit all beings. It is like putting an exhaustible
seed of merit that will bring fruits all the time. Resources are valuable donations,
too. We know that the more people thinking about meeting
this goal, the quicker it will manifest. If you see a place for sale that
might work for us, do let us know!
Financial Hopes and Plans
The type of property that we are
looking will cost approx $600-$800k in the Bay Area.
Donors of over $ 500.00 will receive
a statue of Buddha as a token of appreciation. The
Statue is consecrated by the State Oracle during the Trance.
us for statue contribution:
We will request monthly donations of
$15 - $100 from members and supporters once the Center's
property is purchased (As suggested by our current
Annual fund-raising events will take
We will request that Ven. Kuten-la
returns every other year.
Increase to our growing membership!