Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) was founded
in 2001 by Arjia Rinpoche,
former Abbot of Kumbum, one of the oldest and largest monasteries
in Tibet. It is a non-profit organization, dedicated to
preserving Tibetan culture and to advancing understanding
of Buddhism in the West. The center provides a place where
members and general public can explore and practice Buddhist
teachings, as well as have interfaith dialogue.
TCCW is based in Mill Valley, CA, just north of San Francisco
in beautiful Marin County. Since its founding, the center
has attracted a diverse group of people from different cultures
including Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, and Western people.
From the very beginning, the Sangha (community) has welcomed
and come to include people in all levels of practice and
study in Tibetan Buddhism, ranging from experienced practitioners
to those investigating Buddhist philosophy for the first
On May 19, 2002 TCCW opened a branch in Oakland, CA. Presently
the Oakland center serves mainly people from the Eastern
culture; Tibetan, Mongolian, and Chinese. The Mill Valley
center primarily serves people from Western culture. This
division is due to demographic and geographic reasons.
Please see the current schedule
if you would like to join us at either center.