Center of Tibetan Buddhism


Thubten Damchoe - Translator

Damchoe trained at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, the heart center of the FPMT and was a monk for more than 20 years. He came to Kurukulla Center as Geshe Tsulga's interpreter in 1999. In addition to his duties as translator, he is also working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. We are very fortunate to have Damchoe as Kurukulla's translator, giving us access to Geshe Tenley's teachings with precision, dedication and humor. As well, the center benefits from Damchoe's many other skills including ritual arts and as chant leader at pujas leading with his deep, resonate voice. His email is

Sean González - Director

Sean joined Kurukulla in 2004 and quickly became an integral part of our community. His interest in developing community-driven initiatives motivated him to coordinate large center events, like the Elderhostel "Day of Discovery" programs and the Maitreya Project Relics Tour visit. These events energized our community into high-gear participation and have been highly successful to expand Kurukulla’s services to a broader audience. As Director Sean is involved in all aspects of the center to execute the center’s myriad tasks and activities. If you are interested in volunteering in the many projects at Kurukulla, please contact Sean directly at

Ed Pignone - Treasurer

Ed first began his practice at Kurukulla in December 2007. In addition to his work at Kurukulla, he serves as executive director of the Old North Church Foundation, and has held senior positions in government, business, and politics. Ed is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.

Sarah Frederiksen and Devin Jones - Spiritual Program Coordinators

Sarah began studying Buddhism in 2006 in California, and as an interested, dutiful husband, Devin followed her along the path. Upon moving to New England in 2007, they sought a center and community that would facilitate further study and practice of Buddhist principles. They first visited Kurukulla Center at the end of 2007 for a New Year’s Eve potluck and film showing, and feeling so welcomed and satisfied with the offerings of the center, never ventured elsewhere. Sarah and Devin have continued to participate and volunteer in center activities since then, and became co-Spiritual Program Coordinators in September 2011. Sarah and...

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During the trip, Route had the opportunity to explore Kathmandu, including visiting the Boudhinath Stupa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism. She also rode elephants in the Chitwan National Park and hiked. “Mountains in Nepal are kind of magical,” says Route.

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