Our Founders


H.E. Choden Rinpoche
Tibetan Master

The Guru to many of the world's gurus,
His Eminence 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. Read more...

Our Resident Sangha


Geshe Namgyal

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal is a noted international scholar of Buddhist Studies 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. Currently, Ven Tsondue is teaching Shantideva's text "Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life". Read more...

This Week's Schedule


Week of July 14, 2014
• Thursday at 7:00 pm (PDT) – Medicine Buddha Puja, led by Ven. Gyalten Tsondue
• Saturday at 10:30 am (PDT) – Mantras and Prayers for HE Choden Rinpoche's Long Life, led by Ven. Gyalten Tsondue
• Sunday at 10:00 am (PDT) – Five Great Treatises - Review, taught by Ven. Gyalten Tsondue (webcast)

Now on our YouTube Channel:

Ven. Tsondue's ongoing video teachings about Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Live are available on our YouTube channel. He is currently teaching Chapter 6, The Perfection of Patience. In the latest installment, Ven. Tsondue discusses verse 41.


2014 Summer Schedule - Modified

At the request of his doctors, HE Choden Rinpoche will remain in Taiwan to rest for 2 months. As a result, his participation in our 2014 Summer Events has been cancelled. Accordingly, we have modified our Summer schedule to remove the Heruka Initiation and the Amitabha Powa. We will still hold the Six Yogas of Naropa Commuter Retreat, and the 2nd Annual Great Amitabha Festival.

We will shortly be issuing refunds for the cancelled events. Thank you for your patience.

Click here for Modified Schedule.

Long Life Mantras for Rinpoche

Long Life Mantras for Rinpoche

Rinpoche has received a routine medical procedure, and is fine and convalescing. We are requesting Rinpoche's students worldwide to recite, as many times as possible, long life prayers and mantras for Rinpoche, and to dedicate the merit for his health and long life. The following are excellent to recite and dedicate:

White Tara Mantra

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE GURU AYUR PUNYE JNYANA PUSHTIM KURU YE SOHA

Manjushri Tantric Cycle at Sera Je in December, 2014

Manjushri Tantric Cycle (Jamyang Choekor)
with His Eminence Choden Rinpoche
at Sera Je Monastery

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

His Eminence Choden Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the Manjushri Tantric Cycle, as well as the oral transmission of its two major commentaries, at Sera Je Monastery from 11 December – 17 December, 2014. This will contain the entire cycle of Manjushri teachings, including tantra. Rinpoche will also confer Getsul (novice) ordination on 9 December.

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