About Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia (CTBC) is a Tibetan Buddhist temple located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The center was founded in 1991 by Geshe Losang Samten, a sand mandala artist who served as an attendant to the 14th Dalai Lama.
The first Tibetan Buddhist lama to have American students was Geshe Ngawang Wangyal, a Kalmyk-Mongolian of the Gelug lineage, who came to the United States in 1955 and founded the "Lamaist Buddhist Monastery of America" in New Jersey in 1958.
Among his students were the future western scholars Robert Thurman, Jeffrey Hopkins, Alexander Berzin and Anne C. Klein.
Other early arrivals included Dezhung Rinpoche, a Sakya lama who settled in Seattle, in 1960, and Tarthang .
Tibetan Buddhist temples are built by Tibetan Buddhist followers.
All decorations—plated statues, elaborate frescoes, and expensive silk hangings—are all bought and paid for by donations.
The following list contains only a portion of all Tibetan Buddhist Temples, as many of the .