The Jefferson Tibetan Society

P.O. Box 874  Charlottesville, VA  22902 


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Last updated: February 09, 2017

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, Venerable Geshe Jampel Thardo from Drepung Loseling Monastery has passed from our world   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 following activities are offered:

Please note that we are no longer having our Wednesday evening class sessions.

Saturday sessions are at 11 AM and are focused on meditation, Heart Sutra and Equanimity and Compassion practices.  There will be no sessions on Saturday, Feb 11th or Feb 25th.

Our next Saturday session for silent mediation, prayers, and the Heart Sutra will be on Saturday February 18th at 11AM.  This session will include instruction on equanimity/compassion practice for all the turmoil in the world.

On Saturday, March 4th at 11AM, we will be celebrating the first week of the Tibetan New Year with meditation, reading of the Heart Sutra and continued equanimity/compassion practice for ourselves, our country, and our world.

All are Welcome!

Saturday Buddhist Class Series:

Our Saturday sessions meet at our temple at 118 Olinda Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22903,  which is about 5 min. from U.Va.  Please e-mail if you have any questions or need directions.  

Please see Schedule page for additional information on upcoming events.  Many special events and workshops are offered throughout the year. 


New Years Eve Practices
 December 31st, 5:00pm to 7:00pm and  January 1st, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
We will be having special New Year's Eve & New Year's Day practices and hope you'll join us!  We'll be focusing on purification meditation practice (Vajrasattva), shamatha meditation, & the Heart Sutra for blessings for our wisdom practice.  (Please note that we will be doing a form of Vajrasattva meditation that does not require having had the empowerment.)  It's a good way to end the year & start our new year off on the right foot.  We'll be dedicating our practice for personal purification, for the well-being of our center, and for increasing peace in our world

Annual Lama Tsongkhapa Day Celebration

Join us December 5th 2017, at 11:00am at the temple. We will
start with 15th minutes silent meditation then we will be practicing "
The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy". This is a recitation and
reflection upon the 1st Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gedundrup's writting
entitled "The White Snow Mountain in the East" and is remembering the
kindness of Tsongkhapa.

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

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