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The Drikung Meditation Center is a Tibetan Buddhist center founded by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche in the early 1980s. We have existed continuously, first in Boston on Commonwealth Avenue, then in Newton, then in Somerville. In 2007 the center moved to Arlington, MA, our current location. 

We are a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization and are a branch of Tibet's Katsel monastery. The U.S. Jowo Rinpoche statue, an emanation replica of the Jowo Rinpoche statue in Lhasa, Tibet resides at the center. Standing 8 feet tall, it is the only statue of its kind in the United States. The center is open to visitors Saturdays from 1pm - 5pm . You can see the statue, have a cup of tea, meditate, or purchase a variety of items related to Tibetan Buddhism. 

In addition to our regular schedule, we hold special practices during the month such as Phowa, Milarepa, and Guru Rinpoche. We host a variety of visiting teachers throughout the year. Subscribing to our email newsletter is the best way to stay informed. We are a community of spiritual practitioners here to help each other. Let us know what you wish to accomplish. Everyone is welcome! We are here to serve the community and to bring the happiness and joy of Buddhism to the Boston area. Please call or email us with any questions you may have.

The DMC in Arlington, MA
Buddhist Practice
Katsel Monastery
Kaysel Monastery

Katsel Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Tibet, was built by Dharma King Songsten Gampo in the 7th century in an effort to control a local demonic force that was interfering with establishing the Dharma in Tibet. This force was seen as a great ogress, and a system of twelve temples were built to control her. The Jo Khang nails down her heart, and Katsel binds her right leg. The Nyingma, Gelug, and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism all have shared in Katsel’s rich history. In the 16th century, Rinchen Puntsok, the 17th Drikung lineage holder, gave Yangzab teachings at Katsel, and from that point on, Katsel became Drikung Kagyu.

A historical highlight: Dhagpa monastery has a close connection with Katsel, and they have helped each other in the past, and are still helping each other today. During the Mongolian invasion of Tibet, Dhagpa monastery, a Gelug institution, gave Katsel tea cups with the Gelug insignia on them. Tagtdu Rinpoche showed the Mongolian leader these cups, and Katsel was spared from the fate of being burned. The other monasteries in the area were not so fortunate. During the recent Cultural Revolution, Katsel was completely destroyed. The picture is of the result of the recent effort to rebuild Katsel.

Nyatak Rinpoche

Nyatak Rinpoche is the head of Katsel Monastery and is Lama-la's root Lama.

From Hun Lye's Blog: (link to http://hunwanderings.blogspot.com/2007/06/katsel-monastery.html)

After the passing of Drubwang Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche (the Thripon of Drigung-til) last year, Nyidak Rinpoche is the most senior lama in the area. As you can see in the pics below, Rinpoche is highly revered and an endless flow of pilgrims come to seek his blessings. He does not assume the air of an important lama but definitely carries the burden of one. "May the Lama have good health and long-live, And that his enlightened-activities spread far and wide.

Board of Directors

Board Members:

Alexis Tsapatsaris, President
Paul Orr, Treasurer
Mary Burke, Secretary

Members at Large:

Sarah Ferguson
Beth Karushar

The Four Immeasurable Wishes of Buddhism
Love: May all mother sentient beings, boundless as the sky, have happiness and the causes of happiness.
Compassion: May they be liberated from suffering and the causes of suffering. Bliss: May they never be separated from the happiness which is free from sorrow. Equanimity: May they rest in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.

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Weekly Schedule

Guru Yoga
8:30am - 9:45am

The Heart of Buddhism
10:00am - Noon

Introduction to Buddhism
w/David Tucker
7pm (begins Jan. 19)

Words of Enlightenment

Vajrasattva 7:00pm

Ngondro 7:00pm
( 2 years practice group)

Green Tara
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Beginning Tibetan

Center is Open
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Silent Self-Guided
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Achi Chokyi Drolma
6:00pm -8:00pm

Phowa and other special practices during the month: Milarepa, Guru Rinpoche and Lama Chopa.

Learn more about the practices.

Most practices are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.