Sera Jey Buddhist Cultural Centre

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Welcome to Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center!

Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center (SJBCC) is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit religious and cultural organization established in 2009 in State of New York. The Center functions as an official branch of Sera Jey Monastic University of India in the United States. It is dedicated to the preservation and fostering of Tibet’s unique spiritual tradition and cultural heritage to the Tibetan community of greater New York and the general public. Sera Jey Monastic University in India was re-established in Bylakuppe, Mysore, Karnataka State in 1970. The original Sera Jey Monastic University was established in Tibet in 15th century AD by Jetsun Kunkhen Lodoe Rinchen Senge, a close deciple of Great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Since the establishment of Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center, it organizes and provides a wide range of programs on Buddhism and Tibetan culture to the Tibetan community of greater New York which is the largest in North America and the general public for free of charge. Currently, the Center rents a house in Queens, New York as its base. In June of 2012, Sera Jey Monastic University had appointed Venerable Pare Rinpoche as the Center’s residential lama. The Center is very fortunate of having Pare Rinpoche as it’s residential lama who is one of the most senior lamas of Sera Jey and a humble and great practitioner.

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Chugu Choepa

Jetsun Choekyi_GyaltsenSera Jey Monastic University organizes Chugu Choepa, a special ceremony which commemorates Jetsun Choekyi Gyaltsen observed on the 19th day of 11th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. This is one of the most important annual religious services at Sera Jey Monastic University. Jetsun Choekyi Gyaltsen is the author of SJMU's academic text books. This year, Chugu Choepa falls on January 1st 2013. During this time, Lama Choepa Tsok offering was performed by Sangha members of SJMU. Tens and thousands of butter lamps were offered at the event.


Education workshop

Geshe KalsangSera Jey Monastic University (SJMU) organizes and provides a month and half long winter Education workshop for  Tibetan Childern Village (TCV) and other day school students of Bylakuppe which starts on Jan 1st 2013. This is the 3rd year, Sera Jey Monastic University (SJMU) is providing Education workshops for the students for free of charge. The Education workshop is hold at Yiga Choeling Center, Sera Jey Monastic University (SJMU). The students are provided Education workshop subjects including Tibetan, English, Science, Math and an Introduction on Buddhism.


Venerable Jado Rinpoche, newly appointed Lama Aumze of Gyuto Tantric Monastery

Jado RinpocheWe are very pleased to announced Venerable Jado Rinpoche's appointment of Lama Aumze of Gyuto Tantric Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on January 4th. Prior to his role as Lama Aumze, Rinpoche served as Abbot of Namgyal Monastery, a personal monastery of HH the Dalai Lama. Khen Rinpoche Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche, the current Abbot of Gyuto Tantric Monastery and Jado Rinpoche are both member of Sera Jey Monastic University.


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SJMU Brief History Movie

Brief History Movie List

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Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future, concentrate your mind on the present moment.
By Buddha

Contact Us

Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center
41-30 57th Street
Woodside, NY 11377, USA.
Phone: 718-606-2870, 347-601-1726,