Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling

  • Non-Profit Organizations
1216 NW 9th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 335-1975
Sundays 9am - 1pm
Monday 5:30 - 6:30
  • About

    Founded in 1988 after a visit from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, what began as a study group evolved into Gainesville Karma Thegsum Chöling (GKTC), a center for weekly Buddhist study and meditation. We offer meditation instruction, book study, and discussion in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyü lineage. Our door is open, and all are welcome to join our sangha, the community of practitioners.

    Our center's resident teacher and spiritual director is Lama Losang (Dr. David Bole). A fully ordained monk, he completed his traditional three-year retreat in 2004. In addition to being a Karma Kagyü lineage holder, Lama Losang is also an acupuncture physician, a Tai Chi teacher, and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. He teaches wellness and Buddhism around the country. The center hosts visiting Khenpos and Lamas for teachings and offers regular tai chi, nejang and hatha yoga classes.