Our Founders


H.E. Choden Rinpoche
Tibetan Master

The Guru to many of the world's gurus,
H.E. Choden Rinpoche is regarded as one of the great masters of our day and is renowned as a great yogi, scholar, and teacher. Read more...

Rinpoche established the Ananda Dharma Center in San Jose, California with the aim of creating a conducive environment for transmitting the authentic and complete science of Buddhism in the form of both sutra and tantra. Read more...


Geshe Gyalten

Geshe Gyalten has traveled around the world to assist Rinpoche and to share his extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, Tibetan medicine, and yoga.

Geshe-la is known for the clarity he brings to teaching, and for the warmth of his smile which has touched the hearts of thousands. Read more...

Our Resident Sangha


Geshe Namgyal

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal is a noted international scholar of Buddhist Studies and Bön with a research focus on poetry, early Tibetan history, and comparative religion. He teaches Tibetan, philosophy, and meditation, and has written eight books. He has edited and corrected many books about Tibetan Buddhism, philosophy, and other topics. He has also been a speaker at international seminars and conferences in India, Oxford University in England, France, and Japan. Read more...


Venerable Tsondue

Venerable Gyalten Tsondue was born in Tibet. With completion of high school, he was initiated into monkhood in 1994 and joined the Sera Je Monastic University for advanced Buddhist studies and practice. In 2009, he obtained the U-Ma Rabjampa (Madhayamika Degree), and also received an ordination from His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Read more...

This Week's Schedule


Week of Apr. 21, 2014
• Thursday at 7:00 pm (PDT) – Guru Puja with Tsog, led by Geshe Namgyal & Ven. Gyalten Tsondue
• Saturday at 10:00 am (PDT) - Lam Rim Topics, taught by Geshe Namgyal with Vietnamese and English translations
• Saturday at 1:00 pm (PDT) - Tibetan Language Class, taught by Geshe Namgyal
• Sunday at 10:00 am (PDT) – 5 Great Treatises (Training in Morality, Concentration and Wisdom), taught by Geshe Namgyal, translation by Ven. Gyalten Tsondue (webcast)
• Sunday at 2:00 pm (PDT) – Bodhisattva Guide (Chapter 5, "Guarding Alertness"), taught by Ven. Gyalten Tsondue (webcast)
• Sunday at 7:00 pm (PDT) – Special Mantras for National Holocaust Day, led by Ven. Gyalten Chimé

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Long Life Mantra for Rinpoche

Mantra to recite for HE Choden Rinpoche's long life:

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Guru Ayur Punjya Jnana Pushtim Kuru Ye Soha

Click below to hear Ven.Tsondue's recording of the correct pronunciation.

Send your mantra recitation totals to: Venerable Gyalten Chimey (SPC for Ananda Dharma Center): chimey@awakeningvajra.org. — Read more...


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