Our center’s mission is to preserve and promote the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in Silicon Valley through education, practice and service.
Welcome. Here is an overview of the programs offered at our center located in Campbell, a small town near West San Jose. This is the location of our weekly events which include Buddhist classes and practice sessions, as well as yoga and mindfulness based stress reduction which are listed under Wellness Programs.The Buddhist tradition that we teach is that of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, following the instructions of our spiritual head, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. All instructors teaching Buddhist topics at our center have been approved by our organization as qualified to teach those specific levels. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT.
Since 2007, we have been located in Campbell, a neighborhood of the greater San Jose area, bordering Saratoga and Los Gatos.
We are part of the Gelug lineage of what is usually called “Tibetan” Buddhism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual inspiration for our organization and Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director.
Our mission is to preserve and promote the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in Silicon Valley through education, practice and service.
Our center conducts on-going courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice. We also host special events with authentic teachers in our tradition, including Tibetan lamas, qualified international monks and nuns, and experienced Western Dharma students.
We are registered under the name Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center as a non-profit religious organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and donations are tax-deductible.
Yoga classes and workshops
These physical yoga exercises are helpful for improving one’s general sense of well-being and are also useful for meditators who wish to sit more comfortably.
The underlying energy work which is at the heart of yoga has counterparts in the secret teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, whereas in these open classes you can do similar energy work without any initiation or commitment.
Other Wellness Events
At times, we also host other wellness programs such as Qigong and Tibetan Medicine classes and clinics. See the calendar for those dates.
In the Spring of 2007, we got a new logo. It has been carefully drawn by Ven. Ingrid Norzin Braun according to the instructions of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The mala (string of prayer beads) and lotus are the implements held by Gyalwa Gyatso, who is an esoteric aspect of the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig.
These sit inside a Bodhi leaf reminding us of the tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India.
On top of the world is a heap of jewels bringing abundance and good fortune for all our Dharma activities.