About TKC Our Mission – Authentic Teachings with a Modern Perspective Our goal at Tubten Kunga Center (“TKC”) is to help students achieve their maximum potential for wisdom, happiness, and compassion.
Our programs present Buddhist teachings in an authentic and traditional manner, without compromising their integrity. At the same time, we attempt to adapt the presentation of these teachings to modern mentalities, sensibilities, and situations.
Our resident teacher, Venerable Tendron, comes to us from the Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC, and the Chenrezig Nuns Community in Australia. Following Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice she received ordination from Geshe Lhundub Sopa in 2002 at Deer Park in Madison. Following ordination she moved to CNC to begin her life as a nun and her in-depth studies of the Dharma. After completing the Basic Program in 2007 and becoming an FPMT registered teacher, she returned to Kadampa Center to assist with teaching and coordinate the spiritual program. When Chenrezig Institute offered the Master's program on the Middle Way, she hurried back to CNC to deepen her understanding. In 2013, she made a side trip to Taiwan during which she received full ordination. Most recently she spent 2 years caring for her father before his death in 2015. She brings to her teaching practical experience from trying to implement the teachings within her very American mind and the hectic atmosphere of our Western culture.
Our Students – Ordinary People from All Backgrounds At TKC, you will find students from all walks of life. Most people who attend classes and events at our center are not Buddhists, but are attracted to Buddhism’s message of peace, compassion, and wisdom. Our students are young and old, married and single, and from all religious and ethnic backgrounds. We provide an engaging selection of classes to suit all levels of interest and effort. We also attempt to foster a community atmosphere, where people can come when they need support during difficult times. We invite you to become a part of our Dharma family, or just drop in as you please!
Our Method – Education, Meditation, Community Service We follow the inspiration of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the FPMT, and present a variety of courses and programs aimed at improving the hearts and minds of all people. We believe that a combination of study, practice, ritual, and community service is the optimal method for progressing towards enlightenment. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes and projects, to suit their schedules and interests. Most importantly, we expect students to take what they learn into their hearts, and carry it into their every-day lives. At work, at home, in traffic – we help our students cultivate the tools for a happier lifestyle, and a more peaceful environment.
Our Lineage – The FPMT and the Gelugpa Tradition At Tubten Kunga Center, we have been handed down one of the most authentic and unbroken lineages in Buddhism. We adhere to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the main lineage kept by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Gelugpa Buddhism began in Tibet with the great scholar and practitioner Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1453), who personally founded many of the great Tibetan monasteries, and was tutor to the first Dalai Lama. The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) has helped share this tradition with the rest of the world, through their network of monasteries, centers, and study groups. The FPMT was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We are pending re-affiliation with the FPMT, and are honored to serve south Florida.
Our Heart – His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama We are supporters of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan government-in-exile. Our resident teacher, Venerable Tendron, is a devoted student of His Holiness, and we derive many of our teachings from the Dalai Lama’s commentaries and teachings. We strongly believe in the Dalai Lama’s mission of peace, harmony, and freedom for all people.
Our Organization – Volunteer Staff, Donor Supported We are a non-for-profit organization, and we have been serving South Florida for over 10 years. Our “staff” is comprised of volunteers, who give their time to serve TKC’s students. We rely 100% on donations and purchases from our shop to support our expenses. This is truly your center!
Our History – From Study Group to Center Tubten Kunga Center was founded in 1994, under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, by Jacqueline Keeley. For many years, the group was composed of a core cluster of interested people, who met in public venues and at private homes. In 1999, thanks to the generosity of our donors, students and practitioners, the Center moved into a physical facility. In May of 2000-2016, we were grateful to have Geshe Konchog Kyab as resident teacher. In April of 2016, our precious Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche said it would be beneficial for Venerable Lhundub Tendron to become our resident teacher and since then we have been rejoicing in her teachings.
Our Website - Please visit www.TubtenKunga.com for more details of our TKC learning center in Deerfield Beach FL.
Our Location and Procedures -
The TKC center is located in the Cove Shopping center, just West of the Intracoastal bridge on Hillsboro Blvd (about 1/4mile East of US1 or Federal Highway) in Deerfield Beach. The center is on the far West side of the plaza (next to a consignment shop and Indian restaurant) and on the second floor. It is only a few stores in from Hillsboro Blvd on the West side of the plaza. You will see our sign on the double glass door and on the second floor windows there.
We are on the second floor, go up the stairs and make your first left. Help yourself to tea and refreshments if you come early, and don't forget to introduce yourself and sign in. Our committee members will be there to greet you at the desk.