The Jefferson Tibetan Society

The Jefferson Tibetan Society’s primary function is to provide teaching and meditation practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, as exemplified by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings. Our resident Lama of 25 years, Ven. Geshe Jampel Thardo from Drepung Loseling Monastery passed from our world in September 2008. He demonstrated physical signs of a very high level of spiritual realization at the time of his passing and we are so grateful for all the guidance he provided to our sangha and the central Virginia community.   As it was Geshe-la’s wish for our Dharma center to continue to function as a teaching & practice center, the Saturday Buddhist Study Series, as well as other activities and events are offered.   You may also wish to learn more about our past events and our annual events.

The Jefferson Tibetan Society was founded in 1982 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation.   Donations are tax-deductible.

Please note: The JTS temple is only open during scheduled activities.  To visit at other times, please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

Contact Information

Email: Jts108va@aol.com

Address: 118 Olinda Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22903, which is about 5 min. from U.Va.

Please Note:  Our temple is open only at the time of scheduled activities.  Please contact us regarding any special requests.