Ewam Choden was established to provide an opportunity for the practice
and study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. The word Ewam signifies the integration and union of method and wisdom, compassion and voidness. Choden means to possess the Dharma (cho means the Buddha Dharma in Tibetan).
The Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center is located in Kensington, a
residential community situated north of Berkeley, California.
Founded and continuously overseen by Lama Kunga Rimpoche since 1973, Ewam Choden was one of the earliest Tibetan Buddhist centers on the west coast.
Under the guidance of the accomplished Vajrayana master and resident
teacher, Lama Kunga Thartse Rimpoche, the center offers a wide variety
of classes and activities. Lama Kunga Rinpoche gives regular
empowerments and teachings, along with a weekly compassion meditation
practice on Sunday mornings. Occasionally, there are classes in spoken and written Tibetan, and translation work is done. The Center hosts visiting
Lamas and holds events for special occasions, such as, significant
dates in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, and Losar, the Tibetan New Year.