About Kurukulla Center

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies was initiated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), in September 1989, with Geshe Losang Jampa as Resident Teacher. Sadly, eighteen months after arriving in Boston, Geshe Jampa-la passed away.

In late 1993, our beloved Geshe Tsulga arrived in Boston to become Resident Teacher at Kurukulla Center. At first, teachings were held in Geshe-la’s apartments and at the Wisdom Publications office on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. From 1997 until late 2001, most of the teachings were held at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, until January 2002, when Kurukulla Center moved into our permanent home on Magoun Avenue in Medford. Geshe Tsulga taught extensively and with great success, energizing and developing the community for seventeen years at Kurukulla Center. Sadly Geshe-la developed cancer, passing away in the fall of 2010. Following Geshe-la’s passing, his nephew, Geshe Ngawang Tenley, was appointed Resident Teacher of Kurukulla Center and has continued to develop Kurukulla Center’s vast activities. 

For over thirty years, many exceptional teachers have taught at Kurukulla Center, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has visited twice. Since moving to Medford, the center has also served the local Tibetan community in many ways. Kurukulla Center continues to develop as a wish-fulfilling jewel for the people of the Boston area for future generations and for all beings.