What we're about

Our Phone Number - (954) 421-6224

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.

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Three Principal Aspects of the Path, led by Guest Teacher Geshe Sherab VIA ZOOM


Practicing Buddhism does not amount to sitting in quiet meditation and performing exotic rituals. It consists mainly of working with our minds throughout our lives to develop positive qualities and abandon negative habits. By doing so, we can become progressively happier and more peaceful. What to practice, however, can at times seem daunting, as there are so many sutras, teachings and commentaries by many great Buddhist masters.

Drawing from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path, this course will explore how to take the essence of all the Buddhist teachings and turn them into a meaningful practice. We will learn practical methods to integrate the teachings into our daily lives, transforming even common tasks into powerful actions that lead to enlightenment.

About Geshe Sherab:
Geshe Sherab was born in Manang, Nepal in 1967. He attended Kopan monastery at the age of 9 in around 1976/1977 and was ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.​ After 10 years of study in Kopan, he went to Sera Je Monastery for further studies in 1987, and graduated as Geshe at the end of 1999. After that he joined Gyume Tantric College for a year. Then he taught young monks at Kopan for a year.​​​ In 2001 he was sent by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to New Mexico to serve and help at International Office of FPMT as well as teach at TNL in Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center in Taos as resident teacher. He also served as Board member of FPMT for 2 years during that period.​ By end of 2003 in December he returned back to Nepal to do his own practices. In 2006 he was appointed as Head Master of Kopan monastery and served for 4 years. He served as acting Abbot for a year in 2011 when the late Guru Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundup became ill.

He has been teaching at Kopan during meditation courses as well as traveling and teaching around the world, in US, Canada, many parts of Europe, Asia, Mexico, Guatemala and Australia.​ For more information on Geshe Sherab and his teachings, please visit: http://www.geshesherab.com

See our website for more information and registration: www.thubtenkungaling.org

Exploring Buddhism: Exploring the Truths with Gen Don Handrick VIA ZOOM


About this class:
Buddhism is based on fundamental truths that point to the principal levels of reality that the Buddha discerned and then taught throughout his life, including most notably the two truths and the four noble truths.

In this module, we will explore the nature of these and other core truths of Buddhism, utilizing the Dalai Lama's mode of presentation based in logic that establishes a framework for the path to enlightenment which is suitable for people with a modern rational outlook.

About the teacher:
Gen (Tibetan for "elder") Don is a touring teacher for the FPMT, sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. He connected with Tibetan Buddhism in 1993 through the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

In 1996 he commenced formal study at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, the FPMT center in San Francisco. In 1998, he entered the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by Geshe Jampa Gyatso. After the completion of his studies, Gen Don moved to Northern New Mexico and in 2005 and began teaching for the FPMT.

In 2015, he had the honor of being selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to lead the renowned November Course, a one-month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gen Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.

About the course:
Exploring Buddhism is a new program currently being developed by FPMT to serve as a bridge between Discovering Buddhism and The Basic Program. It is designed to help students of Buddhism delve more deeply into a broad array of topics that form a solid foundation for furthering one’s study and practice. The program will initially be run as a pilot program in FPMT centers to further test and refine the curriculum.

Previous study of at least some modules of Discovering Buddhism, either in a center or online is highly recommended before enrolling in this program.

Registration is required. Please review the syllabus before registering for the course. Registration and more information is available on our website:

Please note that registration will close after Class #2.

This program is offered jointly by:

Guhyasamaja Center, Centreville, VA
Kadampa Center, Raleigh, NC
Lama Yeshe Ling, Burlington, Ontario
Thubten Kunga Ling, Deerfield Beach, FL
Shantideva Center, Brooklyn, New York

Guided Meditation -- In-person and via Zoom

Tubten Kunga Center For Wisdom Culture

Join us for a 30 minute guided meditation each Sunday. Meditation will be led by one of our students. Join via Zoom or attend in person. Walk-ins welcome!

See our website for Zoom info: https://www.thubtenkungaling.org

Buddhist Meditation 101, led by Jacie Keeley -- In-person and via Zoom

Tubten Kunga Center For Wisdom Culture

Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in the Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation in general and specific meditation techniques including breathing, mindfulness, visualization, and analytical meditations. It explains what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how to apply them in daily life.

About Jacie Keeley:
Jacie Keeley was the private secretary to Lama Thubten Yeshe
(https://lamayeshe.com/), credited as the lama who brought Buddhism to the west. After living in Nepal for eight years, Jacie returned to Boca
Raton in 1986. Shortly thereafter, she founded Thubten Kunga Ling for
Wisdom Culture. Nowadays, Jacie is the executive assistant to Tenzin Osel Hita, the recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. (https://one-big-love.com).

For information and registration: https://www.thubtenkungaling.org

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Working Skillfully with Emotions, with Scott Tusa -- In-person and via Zoom

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