Spring 2017 (Weekly Meditation Session)

Hello everyone,

We are very happy to inform you that UCI-Tibet Initiative has successfully invited two Tibetan Buddhist nuns to participate in the 2017 exchange program at the University of California Irvine.

Geshema Chopa Tenzin Lhadron and Geshema Lhamo Gurung from Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala, India are among the first twenty nuns from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to receive the Geshema degree from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in December 2016.

Geshema Lhadron is from the remote Ladakh region of Indian Himalayas, while Geshema Lhamo is a native of the isolated Mustang region of Nepalese Himalayas. Both nuns became fully ordained and joined the nunnery at their early age. It took them over twenty five years to complete the highest Geshema degree in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.

Geshema Lhadron and Geshema Lhamo will lead a weekly meditation session at UCI, on every Tuesday evening from 6 PM to 7 PM. The first session will meet on April 18 in room HIB 135.  Flyer attached.

The meditation sessions are open to UCI students, faculty, staff, and the public, so please feel free to share the information.



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Special event coming up!


We are very happy to inform you that Geshe Tsewang Dorje will lead a one-day talk on the auspicious text of His Holiness the Seventh Dalai Lama: “Instructions for Meditation on the View of Emptiness – The Song of Four Mindfulness”. The talk will be in Tibetan and translated into English by Ven. Tenzin Thokme Wangdu.

Saturday May 14, 2016




Morning session: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Lunch break

Afternoon session: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending, please feel free to invite family and friends. We also welcome any donations to Geshe La in support of his project, Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Saboo, Ladakh.  http://ngariinstitute.org/

We hope you can join us.


Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan-Shantideva


We have a very special guest, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, who will be giving us a synopsis of Shantideva’s life story and then discuss that essence of Shantideva’s famous text Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, with emphasis on the method for developing bodhicitta and equalizing and exchanging self and others. We are very honored that he gladly accepted our request.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

HIB #135

This event is free and open to the public. Please share this with your friends and colleagues who might be interested.

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Tibetan Language class!

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that the visiting scholars from India will be offering us Tibetan Language class! This class will be held every Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm starting today, April 13, 2016 to June 1, 2016 in Murray Krieger Hall, Room 200E. This class will be taught by Venerable Tsering Dhargyal and Venerable Lobsang Choephak. As always, this class is open to the public and is free of charge.

Please share this with friends and colleagues who might be interested! Hope to see many of you.



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Welcome back! Meditation class!

Greeting BAers,

Welcome to Buddhist Association at UC Irvine!

It is our honor to announce that the UCI-Tibet Initiative visiting scholars will offer a series of meditation during the Spring quarter. The meditation class meets every Tuesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, in room HIB #135 (Humanities Instructional Building #610 on the map).

The first session begins Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The mediation class is free and open to the public.

Hope you all can come and join us. Please forward the flyer to any friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Email us at baucirvine@gmail.com if you have any questions! Please check back on our website for future events.

Hope to see many of you!


Meditation class!

BAUCI is officially operational. Welcome back, BAers!

Welcome back to our weekly meetings here at Buddhist Association – UC Irvine!

It is our pleasure to announce our featured guests of this year are 4 monks that have been sponsored by the UCI-Tibet initiative research, language, and cultural exchange program, taking courses offered here on UCI campus and providing exposure to those interested in learning about the Dharma.

This is a prime opportunity to capitalize on this wonderful resource of Buddhist knowledge, and they are very willing to answer any and all questions! These folks have been hearty and warm, to say the least.

Today’s meeting Wednesday (5/7) marks our 3rd meeting of the year, which includes our introductory meditation sessions and dharma talks to accommodate stimulating discussion. (Aldrich park adventures are always a possibility.)

Sweet snacks will be provided, and we do wish to see you any time throughout the quarter. Tickle your curiosity for meditation and pick at the profound questions dwelling within our minds – simply bring an open mind and body.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Humanities Hall 112

With open palms,


On behalf of the UCI-Tibet research program of language, culture, and Buddhism come the highly knowledgable Geshes from across the seas.

On behalf of the UCI-Tibet research program of language, culture, and Buddhism come the highly knowledgable Geshes from across the seas.

Featured guests (from left to right): Geshe Jampa Wangchuk, Geshe Jigme Thupten Tender (*Ahbay Rinpoche), Geshe Jangchup Dorjee, Venerable Jigme Lodoe (soon to be Geshe) and UC Irvine Professor Rosenberg (centered).

Wat Metta Forest Monastery Retreat (Oct. 26th – 27th)

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We will be going to the Wat Metta Forest Monastery in time for the
Kathina festival celebrations.

For those who don't know, it is a traditional Buddhist festival
celebrated in Isan (Northeast Thailand), Cambodia and Laos. Colorful
parades and offering ceremonies at the end of monks´ retreat at local
temples.  Each year, Buddhist Association takes a trip down to San
Diego to partake in the celebration as well as meet up with other
Buddhist student groups from other UCs and the LA area. It's a lot of
fun and there's a lot of free food! It will be an OVERNIGHT stay. We
will be leaving UCI at 2 pm and returning here around 3 or 4 pm.

Date: 10/26th/2013 - 10/27th/2013
Cost: FREE
Car pool?: Yes! We'd also love it if you can provide a car pool as
well (gas money will be compensated)
What to bring: Pillow(s), blanket(s), toiletries (toothbrush/paste),
warm comfortable shoes and clothing.

Sign-up sheet can be found here:

Hope to see you there!