Tubten Kunga Center

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Tubten Kunga Center (TKC), is a Buddhist Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida. TKC follows the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the lineage of the Dalai Lama. The center offers classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, under the direction of resident teacher Geshe Konchog Kyab.

Tubten Kunga Center is located at 201 SE 15th Terrace, Suite 211, Deerfield Beach, Florida 3341.

History[edit]

Tubten Kunga Center was founded in 1994 by Jacqueline Keeley at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. TKC then became part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, the international network of Tibetan Buddhist centers founded by the Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Geshe Konchog Kyab[edit]

Tubten Kunga Center has hosted resident teacher Geshe Konchog Kyab since May 2000.

Geshe Konchog Kyab was born in 1961 in Sikkim in the Himalayan region of East India, where his parents had sought asylum after fleeing Tibet to escape the Chinese occupation in 1959. When he was 12 years old, Geshe Konchog joined the Sera-Je Monastery located in the Karnataka State of South India. The original Sera was one of the three Great Monasteries in Tibet. A few years after entering Sera-Je, Geshe Konchog became a Novice monk. When he was 22 years old, he took full ordination.

In 1993, Geshe Konchog passed his Geshe Examination from Sera-Je Monastery University. The degree of Geshe is the highest monastery degree, equivalent to a Doctorate in Philosophy from Western Universities. After that, Geshe la went to Gyumed Tantric College studying the precepts of Tantra. In 1994, Geshe Konchog returned to Sera-Je Monastery where he taught his disciples. In 1996, he was elected as Discipline Master of Tehore Khamtsen House of Sera-Je, which has 1300 monks.

In 1998, Geshe la left his Monastery and traveled to Switzerland, Germany and Austria for one year. Geshe La was invited to Tubten Kunga Center by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2000.

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