Joyous Path Buddhist Meditation Center strives to inspire others through both Tibetan Buddhism and secular methods, a clear path for positive mind transformation/inner happiness, with the ultimate aim of fostering wisdom, compassion, and non-violence toward all living beings.
Our Resident teacher, founder, and President, Abong Rinpoche started his monastic studies at the age of sixteen and became a fully ordained Bhikshu at age twenty. He was one of the chief disciples of Geshe Lam-rim.
In India he received teachings and guidance from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and entered the prestigious monastic university of Sera Me in southern India. In 2003 he was examined and awarded the degree of Geshe Lharampa at Bodh Gaya. March of 2003 he entered the Monastic University of Gyuto where he undertook further studies in the tantric tradition.
Abong Rinpoche served as the Spiritual Director of Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery in Minneapolis for 7 years before founding the Joyous Path Buddhist Meditation Center in 2014.
In this 21st century even with all the scientific and technological wonders, mankind has not been able to achieve genuine happiness and inner peace. This is the reality that individuals face in their daily lives.
I believe that genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life, from one that solely seeks the unthinking pursuit of personal pleasure, to a life that enriches the potential of everyone around us.
My teacher His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet has said that Buddhism which focuses on the development and application of the human mind, which takes full advantage of its highest potential, has within its insight the most potent remedy to address this human condition. With my long years of studying and practicing Buddhism, I also firmly believe that the application and study of Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings can compliment the advances gained through modern science and technology by offering a path for people to achieve both happiness and inner peace in their own and others lives.