The Geshe Tsulga
Non-Profit Corporation

About the Board of Directors

Geshe Ngawang Tenley is the resident teacher at the Kurukulla Center.  A long time student of Geshe Tsulga he came to the US as his attendant.  After Geshe Tsulga passed on Geshe Tenley assumed many of his roles and responsibilities.  He is the spiritual adviser to the Board as well as the liaison between the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit and House 2A.
VenerableTsun-maJampa Dolkar (Sue Macy)

Tsun-ma Jampa Dolkar (Sue Macy) has the lifetime responsibility of ensuring that this corporation meets its goals. For the past 13 years she has managed my fund raising activities. She has established relationships with my monasteries and students in both India and Tibet, and worked in financial services for nearly 20 years before ordination.

Bill and Andrea Judge

Bill Judge met Venerable Geshe Tsulga  and took refuge with him in 1992.  Later that year he took his first trip to India with Geshe La.  From Delhi they travelled to Dharamsala where he was fortunate enough to meet His Holiness during a public audience.  From Dharamsala they travelled to Varanasi and then Bodhgaya.  The journey ended with an extended stay at Sera.

It was during his stay at Sera with Geshe La and his student that Bill saw the great need that existed.  Upon returning home he began a sponsorship program which eventually became “The Venerable Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation”.

Bill presently serves as the President of the BOD.

Andrea Judge interest in Buddhism began in 1992 when a co-worked suggested she might be interested in a class on Buddhism and Meditation.  She took the introductory class, taught by Kadampa Center’s Don Brown, and began her journey along the Buddhist path. 


Andrea first met Geshe Tsugla in 1993, when he arrived in Raleigh, NC to become the resident teacher at Kadampa Center.  She continued to purse her interest in Buddhism, participating in Kadampa Center’s programs, and served as a Board Member for a time.  That same year she began sponsoring one of Geshe La’s students when the Sera Jey Monastery Monk Sponsorship program began. 


In 1996 Andrea, and her husband Bill, traveled with Geshe Tsugla to India, where they visited New Delhi, Dharmsala, Agra and Geshe La’s monastery, Sera Jey, in South India.  In 2010 she visited Sera again, with her husband and son, Tim.


Andrea continues her dedication to the dharma and serves as Treasurer for the organization.  She utilizes her administrative and organizational skills to manage the financial day-to-day responsibilities.  Andrea works as the Office Manager at Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and lives in Apex, North Carolina with her husband, Bill Judge.  

Joy Paulson

Joy is a student of Namgyal Khensur Jhado Rinpoche and is affiliated with Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India, where she first met Geshe Tsulga in 2001. She has lived at Sera Monastery, studied with Geshe La in America, and has established relationships with his students in both countries. She has a strong commitment to helping preserve Tibetan Buddhism and culture, as exemplified by her dedication and hard work toward achieving these goals.

Harry Duvall

Harry began studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1999 and has been active at the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies since 2006. He has been a Board Member of Kurukulla for over six years, where he has also served as Chairman of the Board. Harry has visited Sera Je Monastery and House 2A in southern India three times, mostly recently to attend teachings by HH Dalai Lama in December 2013.
Harry has a BA and an MA and has been the Director of a non-profit urban youth center since 2004.

Jane Larrson

I became a student of Geshe Tsulga in 1998 and took refuge vows with him in 1999.  I continued to study Buddhism under Geshe-la’s guidance and quickly became an active member of Kurukulla Center.  I was a member of the committee to find and purchase a permanent home for Geshe-la and the Center in Medford. I have continued to support Kurukulla Center and today is a member of their Board of Directors. 


In 2008, I visited Sera Je with Geshe Tsulga to attend the ceremonies in which Geshe Tenley received his Geshe degree.  After returning from that trip, I began sponsoring a monk from House #2A.


Additional Information:


After receiving an MBA, I worked for Fidelity Investments for 14 years, holding marketing positions in their retail and institutional businesses. I also earned a Financial Planning Certificate. Since 2001 I have operated Larsson Gardening in Provincetown and in the winter, work for a small accounting firm completing Federal and State tax returns for individuals.

Debra Thornburg

I first made contact with Geshe Tsulga and Kurukulla Center nearly 20 years ago after coming across a flyer announcing weekly classes with a Tibetan Buddhist lama. Having trained in the Theravada/Burmese vipassana tradition, my curiosity to learn more about Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism was piqued.

The detailed commentaries and explanation Geshe Tsulga provided during his twice weekly events inspired me to become a regular attendee. With time, I assumed responsibilities at the center, such as ferrying the portable bookstore back and forth between my home and Friends Meeting in Cambridge where Geshe-la taught before we acquired our own building, driving Geshe-la to Milarepa Center for teaching retreats and occasionally cleaning his apt. Later I joined the Spiritual Program committee and eventually served as the Coordinator of this committee.

It was a tremendous honor when Geshe-la agreed to teach the FPMT’s Basic Program, a 12-course curriculum of standard texts and commentaries. With time I saw that the deep level of commitment this program required brought tremendous benefits. If it could do this for Westerners who pursued it on a part – time basis, how much more could study do for the monks and nuns living in the monastery? When the opportunity arose to contribute to their support, I was quite happy to become part of the monk sponsorship program for House 2A.

With time, we lost our beloved teacher Geshe Tsulga. I am very happy that his passing did not bring the monk sponsorship program to an end. I hope that Kurukulla Center will continue to be the locus of sponsorship and that we can also involve younger students who lacked the good fortune to meet Geshe Tsulga.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Board of the Directors with ideas, questions or concerns.