Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center
Washington, New Jersey, United States
- Last updated: January 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
To provide an education in the Buddha’s teachings to interested students.
To provide the facilities for the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings.
To engage in activities that help preserve the Buddha’s teachings.
In summer, fall, and spring, TBLC gives weekend seminars intended as intensive instructions on specific topics for beginners and advanced students alike. Our primary aim is to develop a Buddhism that is culturally American and, at its heart, not different from the Buddhism that traveled from India through Tibet to TBLC’s Tibetan monk, scholars and students in the United States.
TBLC also has a limited number of resident students who study Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy for extended periods of time. Living in this Buddhist contemplative community gives them a unique opportunity to apply the Buddhist teachings in a practical way.
The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center holds a Monthly prayer and meditation session every first Sunday of every month from 11 AM-12:30 PM in the main temple followed by a class in the School House from 2-3:30 PM on the first Sunday of the month. This class is LIVESTREAMING. Check website for info: www.labsum.org.
Every Saturday from 10:30 AM-noon we have a class with our Resident monk-scholar, Geshe Lobsang Sopa, who is visiting for 2 years from Ganden Shartse Monastery in India to study the English Language and give classes in Buddhist Philosophy.
We have a Prayer and Meditation Session on the first Sunday of every Month in our Main Temple. Followed by a Class from 1:30-3 pm in the School House on Buddhist Philosophy given by our Teacher, the Venerable Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe, Professor Emeritus of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath India during July through November. We also have classes given by the Resident American Teachers and Co-Directors: Joshua & Diana Cutler. The Classes on the monthly Sundays are Livestreamed, so check out the website: www.labsum.org for how to link up.
On Tuesday and Thursday Evenings there are SKYPE Classes with Joshua & Diana Cutler.
For more information, email: [email protected] to sign up and get the reading assignments.
In March, we have the Annual Founder’s Day.
In August, we have the Annual Maitreya Festival, as well as Weekend Learning Intensives.
All these are Listed on the Events Page.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1958
- Start Living Together: 1958
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.labsum.org
- Contact Name: Joshua W.C. Cutler
- Phone: 908-689-6080
- Community Address:
93 Angen Rd
Washington, New Jersey, 07882-4318
- Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
- Identified Leader: Yes
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: No
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
TBLC is run only on donations, students are asked to pay a fee for room and board and make a donation for classes. All work at the Center is done on a voluntary basis.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Energy sources: Biofuel
- Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: Up to 25%
- Food produced locally: Between 26-49%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles)
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
- Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
- Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Community Plan