The Official San Francisco Bay Area Branch of the Historic Nechung Monastery, Dharamsala India











Nechung Buddhist Center San Francisco Bay Area


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Our Founder


In 1999, Ven. Thupten Ngodup, the Nechung Kuten founded the Bay Area Nechung Buddhist Center. Kuten La envisioned the Dharma Center as a place where local Tibetans and Westerners could study and practice Tibetan Buddhism without regard to sect.


The Bay Area Nechung Buddhist Center, affiliated with the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala, is now a 501c3 nonprofit religious organization.


The Center is dedicated to promoting the culture and wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition to people of all walks of life.



Our Resident Monk

Ven. Ngawang Khenrab,

Nechung Buddhist Center's Resident Monk


Ven. Ngawang Khenrab received his novice monk's vows from the Drepung Monatsery in Tibet from the renowned Master Geshe Lamrimpa. Later in India he received the full ordination of a Bikkshu from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence on March 2nd, 1996. He finished his Bachelor's Degree in Prajanaparamita, a total duration of  nine years of philosophical studies: six years of prajnaparamita studies and three years of logic and reasoning studies. Though Ngawang Khenrab-la has finished his traditional studies in India, he began his studies while still in Tibet.


Before coming to the US in 2005, Ven. Ngawang Khenrab completed his tenure as the Disciplinarian at the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala. The board of directors there requested he extend his tenure, as he pursued his duties with such tenacity and excellence. He fulfilled a total of three years as Disciplinarian of the monastery before coming to the US to fulfill our request for a resident monk.


Since his arrival to our Center in 2005, Ngawang Khenrab, our resident monk, has “hit the ground running” and become quite busy providing all kinds of pujas and services for our Nechung friends and members. Ven. Ngawang Khenrab has been doing house and business blessing ceremonies, special pujas and prayers for kids, marriage, and sick and dying people.



Our Mission


1. To rebuild the original Nechung Monastery when there is a true religious freedom in Tibet.


2. To help the Nechung Monastery in exile in India through finding sponsors and donors for the young monks to aid in their education, health and living facilities.


3. To help individuals, families and organizations in the US, especially the Bay area through prayer and ritual services and educating them about spiritual values and Buddhism.


4. To keep the rich spiritual and cultural tradition of Tibet alive. Today, Tibetans regularly flock to the teachings and prayer gatherings organized by the Nechung Buddhist Center.



In Addition to Kuten La,

a number of eminent Lamas visit and teach at the center.

A brief word about our visiting Lamas


Ven. Nechung Rinpoche The current Nechung Rinpoche was born in Lhasa in 1985. He went to school in Tibet for some years before coming to the Nechung Monastery in 1993. At that time the 14th Dalai Lama and the Nechung Oracle mutually recognized him as the reincarnation of the previous Nechung Rinpoche who passed away in 1982.


Ven. Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Thubten Dawa) was born in 1931 in Tibet.

At the age of 16 he entered the Jangtse College of Ganden Monastic University. In 2004 his Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him Abbot of the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala.


Ven. Geshe Lobsang Khenrab was born in 1932 in Tibet. In 1956 he joined Drepung Monastery. In 1992 Geshe-la achieved the title of “Geshe Lharampa.”


His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche is a renowned Dzogchen master of the Nyingma tradition as well as a scholar of sutra, tantra, astrology and medi­cine. Rinpoche is the 4th incarnation in a lineage of scholars from Kham, Tibet.


Geshe Gedun Samdup joined Gaden Jangtse Mon­astery in 1971, later achieving the degree of Geshe Lharampa. Geshe-la has been living off and on in the Bay Area, generously giving teachings and leading pujas teachings at our Center.


Ven. Geshe Tenzin “Karma” Choephel


Ven. Dhubthob Rinpoche was born in 1929 in Lhoka Draknang, south of Lhasa. In 1937 at the age of seven, Rinpoche was ordained a monk and entered Drepung Monastery where he continued his studies for the next 22 years.


What has NBC Been Doing

Since year 2000 when NBC first came into inception, we have regularly offered teachings, Tibetan language classes, monthly Tsok offerings and special prayers in accordance with the Tibetan lunar calendar. We have also invited highly respected and qualified teachers and scholars from India and organized teachings and initiations in addition to helping other organizations and Dharma centers to organize teachings. Over the last couple of years, the demand for our Center and the resident monk and request for special prayers at homes and at the Center has increased immensely.


Our resident monk has been catering to every spiritual needs of the community such as house blessings, business blessing ceremonies, special pujas and prayers for kids, marriage blessings, attending to the bed-sides of sick and dying people in their homes and hospital for spiritual solace and leading regular Tsok offering gatherings and other religious ceremonies at the Center. In a nutshell, the Nechung Center has, over the time, become a hub of spiritual and cultural activities for the entire community.


In addition to that, the Center’s current resident monk is also a highly skilled astrologer, fully capable of exploring all aspects of your life through the age-old traditional Tibetan astrology.


To schedule an appointment for a puja, blessing, astro­logical reading, or any other spiritual service, please contact Nechung Buddhist Center at 1.510.233-9787. 


Ongoing Programs


As an official branch of the Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala, India, the Nechung Buddhist Center faculty members teach all stages of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language.


1. Meditation and teachings on Buddhism

2. Monthly Tse-Chu and Nyer-Nga Tsok offerings

3. Prayer gatherings on special days

4. His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on video tapes and DVDs.

5. Tibetan language class.


Nechung Center’s Immediate Goal


Currently, NBC functions from a rented house with a capacity of 30-40 people to hold regular programs and teachings. But the steady increase in the attendance prompts us to envision to own a larger place to hold the regular events more efficiently.


Our vision is to create the Nechung Buddhist Center much like a monastery in India and Tibet. People can pray together, make offerings, do circumambulations, study Dharma and practice for one self and for the benefit of all beings.


For centuries, The Tibetan spiritual and cultural has kept this way and NBC is aimed to share this wisdom with the rest of the world.


In order to realize this dream, Ven. Kuten-la has kindly decided to do fund-raising tour in 2009 to help raise funds to purchase property, with the ultimate goal making a total payment or at least a down payment on the best, conveniently, suitable piece of property we can locate.


What We Are Looking For


NBC is looking for a property like a church or a big house in an appropriate area that has a big hall, several rooms with bathrooms and a kitchen. Some of the goals we hope to include in our new location:


1. A Library that has a complete collection of Tibetan Buddhist texts, the Kagyur and Tengyur as well as other texts from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

2. Increase the number of resident monks and teachers.

3. Regular classes on Buddhism and Retreats

4. Classes on Tibetan language and Thangka painting


Your Contribution


For NBC, the purchase of a property is like building a monastery in India and Tibet. Your contribution to this project will help to flourish the Dharma, will touch many people’s lives and will go s long way and will eventually benefit all beings. It is like putting an exhaustible seed of merit that will bring fruits all the time. Resources are valuable donations, too. We know that the more people thinking about meeting this goal, the quicker it will manifest.  If you see a place for sale that might work for us, do let us know!


Financial Hopes and Plans


The type of property that we are looking will cost approx $600-$800k in the Bay Area.


Donors of over $ 500.00 will receive a statue of Buddha as a token of appreciation. The Statue is consecrated by the State Oracle during the Trance. 


Please email us for statue contribution: email:


We will request monthly donations of $15 - $100 from members and supporters once the Center's property is purchased (As suggested by our current membership)


Annual fund-raising events will take place.


We will request that Ven. Kuten-la returns every other year.

Increase to our growing membership!







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