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Lungnyi Phuntsok Khang
- Tibetan Community Cultural Center -
Twenty years after the first group of Tibetans arrived in the Twin Cities in 1992, the Tibetan community in Minnesota has become vibrant and busy with activities almost every week. Years of collective effort and leadership has paid with the Tibetan Culture Center which is the centerpiece of the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM). The 7500-square foot building with parking lot is conveniently located in St. Paul, near the Minneapolis/St. Paul border with easy access to major freeways. The building was purchased in July 2003. Pema Takza, former TAFM board member and Chair of the committee that oversaw the purchase of the community property said proudly, "The Tibetan Community Cultural Center committee has worked hard and it has been a long quest, but I believe that we have found a place that will serve the community well."
Well served indeed. With their own culture center, the community has become more active and frequent in organizing events that meet the needs of all sections of the population; be it the weekly Friday Lamton – mentoring program for the high school students, Buddhist festivals and prayers, or the social gatherings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, well aware of the need gave his blessing and named the center ‘Lungnyi Phuntsok Khang’. His visit to Minnesota in May 2001 provided the seed money that led to the procurement of the property. In addition, each Tibetan adult in Minnesota contributed $200 or more for the Center. The center was consecrated by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin in June 2003.
For years, TAFM hosted numerous Tibetan Buddhist masters, scholars, activists and personnel of the Central Tibetan Administration. The center includes main hall, chapel, kitchen, office rooms, class rooms and storage facility. The Center is now the hub of all social, cultural and educational activity. Local Tibetans can rent the center for personal use like birthdays, graduations etc.
With the continuous growth of Tibetan population in the Twin Cities, TAFM is planning to upgrade its center to a bigger and better one. TAFM estimates the project to cost about $2.3 million including a new addition of 6000 sq. ft. (with a 120- car parking ramp) will provide for the following:
News report of Tibetan Cultural Center on Phayul website, click here
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