Lama Tzong Khapa Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist center located in the heart of Tuscany. We offer regular courses on Buddhism, meditation, and many other topics, all aimed at the development of the human qualities of kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
The Institute community consists of a sangha of Buddhist monks and nuns, an international body of lay students and visitors, and a large group of staff and volunteers. We welcome everyone interested in following a course or just to spend some quiet time enjoying the beautiful, peaceful setting.
Since its founding in 1977, Lama Tzong Khapa Institute has grown into one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist centers in Europe. As an international school for Buddhist studies and practice, it attracts students from around the world who are interested in deepening their understanding of Buddhism and the mind through intensive study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. These courses also include introspective meditation methods and an opportunity for active service.
The Institute is known for its advanced Buddhist studies programs: the three-year Basic Program of Buddhist Studies and the seven-year Masters Program in Buddhist Studies. These programs are offered both as full-time residential courses and as intensive online courses.
The Tushita Tea Garden
Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa’s Japanese Tea Garden is in a pleasant corner of the grounds near the prayer wheel.
It is open in the late afternoon and evenings from spring through to late summer. It serves a selection of high quality teas from around the world in traditional Japanese style.