Jhamtse Buddhist Center

Two Buddhist monks demonstrate the creation of a Tibetan sand mandala at Jhamtse educational event.

The Jhamtse Buddhist Center was founded by Venerable Lobsang Phuntsok, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and dharma teacher.

The Jhamtse Buddhist Center is currently comprised of sanghas (a Sanskrit word meaning “community”) in eastern Massachusetts, USA who meet to help their members calm their minds and develop into better beings. Please contact sanghas@jhamtse.org if your sangha would like to join the Jhamtse Buddhist Center.

Come Explore Buddhism With Us

Visiting teacher, Geshe Pema Dorjee, teaching in Concord.Even if you have no previous experience with Buddhism, consider joining one of these groups. A typical session usually starts with some chanting and meditation to help us calm our minds and focus our thoughts. Then, after a brief reading or lecture, we discuss how to apply what we have learned to our daily lives. Questions are always welcome.

We are a friendly, welcoming group — check out a session or two.

Sangha Group Locations

Concord Sangha Groups

When: Wednesday mornings (9:30–11:00am)
Where: the chapel, First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord MA
Contact: Bill 978-505-5369 or Deb 617-959-2051
Current Focus: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

Typical schedule:
From 9:30–10am: prayers, chanting and meditation to help us calm down and become centered.
• Prayer of Refuge and Mind Generation – (Sange Che dong) 3x – then 1x English.
• Refuge chant (Namo Guru) – 3x – no English.
• Short mandala (Sa she ) – 1x – then English.
• Idam guru ratna – 1x – no English.
• 20 minutes of silent meditation.
Then we will do 20-30 minutes of learning (teacher, book, or video/ audio) followed by discussion. Please raise your hand if you cannot get a word in edgewise. The only lousy question is the one you didn’t ask.
At 10:58 we will do Dedication Prayers – 1x – then in English and Om Mani – 1x – only in English to end the session.

When: Thursday evenings (7:30–9:00pm)
Where: the chapel, First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord MA
Contact: Don 781-820-8598
Current Focus: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

Typical schedule:
7:30-8pm: Meditation
8-8:50pm: Opening prayers, followed by study and discussion through a variety of texts, video, guest teachers.
8:50pm: Dedication prayers

Sherborn Sangha Group

When: Wednesday evenings (7:30–9:00pm)
Where: We meet in a private home. Please contact this group’s coordinator for the address and directions.
Contact: Suzanne Szalay – sherbornsangha@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Jhamtse Buddhist Center an actual place?

Jhamtse Buddhist Center (JBC) does not own a building nor have a headquarters. Rather than a physical location, JBC is an organization of sanghas (community groups) who join together at different locations to support each other in understanding and practicing Buddhist philosophy.

Who is in charge of the sangha groups?

Each sangha has a Sangha Coordinator who coordinates the sangha meetings and will answer any questions you may have.

How is Jhamtse Buddhist Center funded?

Jhamtse Buddhist Center is funded through donations (referred to as “dana”) from individual sangha members. Consistent with Buddhist principles, all donations are voluntary.

Online donations are also gratefully accepted through the Jhamtse International Donate page, and may be designated specifically for Jhamtse Buddhist Center.

Where does my contribution to Jhamtse Buddhist Center go?

Donations to Jhamtse Buddhist Center are used to provide an honorarium to guest teachers and support the activities of Jhamtse Buddhist Center in general.