The Buddhist Center Thubten Norbu Ling was founded in 2000 by a then twenty-one year old Ajna Seret after being asked to start a center by his teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche (R) and Ajna Seret.
It all began in a yurt at the Seret family’s home. In the early days we were supported by excellent teachers, including our spiritual founder Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Ven. Robina Courtin, Ven. Connie Miller, Ven. George Churinoff and many others.
After twenty years our center has grown into a thriving global community, purchased our own property, and developed an even more diverse and robust spiritual program. With the help of our hardworking team, we look forward to many more years of offering the dharma to all who want it.
Left: our first center — a large yurt on the Seret family’s property.
“Don’t think of Buddhism as some kind of narrow, closed-minded belief system. It isn’t. Buddhist doctrine is not a historical fabrication derived through imagination and mental speculation, but an accurate psychological explanation of the actual nature of the mind.”
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Our center is one of 165 centers in over 40 countries affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, or FPMT. Our center is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by our spiritual founders, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Our founders infused the culture of FPMT with their compassion and wisdom, and it radiates through the educational programs, the collection of excellent FPMT teachers, and all the centers.
You can read more about the extraordinary lives of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche here.
Lama Yeshe (R) and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Thubten Norbu Ling is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. This means that our Center follows the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and uses FPMT’s educational programs and material, created in the unique lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Each FPMT center is incorporated individually (is a separate legal entity) and is responsible for its own governance and finance. All FPMT centers follow the FPMT Ethical Policy.