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We are more than happy to hear from you if you would like to have more information about the Institute or have specific questions about our activities!

We welcome everyone interested in following a course or just to spend some quiet time enjoying the beautiful, peaceful setting.

Lama Tzong Khapa Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist center located in the heart of Tuscany (Italy). 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 reception office, located adjacent to the main entrance, is open every day from 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 18.00. Our receptionist is available for general information regarding the Institute’s weekend courses, booking and paying for accommodation.

The main administrative offices are located in a separate wing on the ground floor. Other offices, including the Study Program Administration, are reached through a separate entrance at the back of the main building.

Weekend courses, the Masters, Basic and Master’s in Wisdom daily teachings and review classes take place in the main meditation hall and the conference hall (commonly referred to as the “palestra”), which are located in the main building and the Chenrezig Gompa, located in a shady woodland area on the Institute’s grounds.

The Institute has a well-stocked library containing a wide selection of books in English and Italian on topics not only related to Buddhism but also to psychology, philosophy, humanities, languages and travel. The library reading area is generally accessible at all times but is occasionally used for weekend courses. Please ask at reception for more information about library membership and book withdrawal.

Timetable consultation
From Monday to Thursday
14.00 – 16.00
From Saturday to Sunday
9.00 – 10.00 | 14.00 – 15.00

Friday closed

The library is always open for reading and studyng any time from morning to night.

Course participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computer. A wireless network can be accessed at various points in the main building.

The Institute has a small coffee bar serving a range of high quality Italian blended coffees together with tea, herbal teas, hot chocolate, and ice creams. Hot croissants are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

From Monday to Thursday
8.00 – 12.00 | 13.00 – 16.00
From Friday to Sunday
8.00 – 12.00 | 13.00 – 18.00
Opening times can change depending on the courses running, please call the reception for further informations (+39 050 685654).

The Institute shop adjoining the coffee bar contains many Dharma items including statues, tangkas, and ritual objects as well as Dharma books, booklets, audio and CDs, and videos, mainly in Italian. It also stocks a selection of clothing, prayer book covers, and meditation cushions. Our online shop stocks similar items.


Another shop, run by Chiara Luce Edizioni, is located on the ground floor of the main building. It too sells a wide variety of books and Dharma items.

Our Japanese Tea Garden is in a pleasant corner of the grounds near the prayer wheel. t 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.
Opening times

Friday to Saturday: 17.00 – 22.00
Sunday: 16.00 – 20.00

The aim of the center is to serve others. This is an international center, open to everyone, every race, nationality, and background. It is a place to learn how to free the mind from deep-seated harmful conceptions, and to live in harmony with others by putting meditation into practice in daily life
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Founder of the FPMT