The Geshe Tsulga

Non-Profit Corporation

for Sera Je House #2A Monks and Affiliates, inc.

About the Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors: Debra Thornburg, Jane Larsson, Andrea Judge, Bill Judge, Geshe Tenly, Bob Dunn, Harry Duvall
Geshe Ngawang Tenley 
Geshe Ngawang Tenley was one of the first monks at Sera to be sponsored in the very early days of this organization.  He is a wonderful example of why sponsorship is so important to keeping the Dharma alive.  

A nephew of Geshe Tsulga he arrived in Sera Jey in the early 1990's to study the Dharma.  He later came to the US as Geshe Tsulga's attendant.  After Geshe Tsulga passed, Geshe Tenley assumed many of his roles and responsibilities and eventuall became the resident teacher at the Kurukulla Center in Medford Massachusettes.  He is the spiritual adviser to the Board of Directors as well as the liaison between the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit and House 2A.
Venerable Tsun-ma Jampa Dolkar (Sue Macy)


Tsun-ma Jampa Dolkar (Sue Macy) has the lifetime responsibility of ensuring that this corporation meets its goals. Before Geshe La passed from this life she has managed all of his fund raising activities. She established relationships with his 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 traveled to Dharamsala where he was fortunate enough to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  From Dharamsala they traveled 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 students that Bill saw a great need existed.  Upon returning home he began a humble sponsorship program which eventually became “The Venerable Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation”.


Bill presently serves as Co-President of the BOD.


Andrea Judge’s interest in Buddhism began in 1992 when a co-worked suggested she might enjoy 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.

 

In 1993 she met Geshe Tsulga when he arrived in Raleigh, NC to become the resident teacher at Kadampa Center. She continued to take classes and learn about Buddhism and served on the Kadampa Center’s Board for a time. That same year she began sponsoring one of Geshe La’s students, whom she continues to sponsor today.

 

In 1996 Andrea traveled with Geshe Tuslga and her husband Bill Judge, to India, where they visited New Delhi, Dharamsala, Agra and Geshe La’s monastery, Sera Jey, in South India. In 2010 she traveled to India with her husband and son, visiting Geshe La and the monks of House 2A in Sera Jey once again.

 

Andrea was one of the founding board members of this organization and acted as Treasurer from 2010-2017. Today, she remains on the board as a general member.


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

Debra Thornburg.  Shortly after moving to Boston, Debra came across a flyer about Kurukulla Center. Having trained in the Burmese vipassana tradition, attending Tibetan Buddhist classes with Geshe Tsulga seemed like a natural next step. Geshe-la’s detailed commentaries of sometimes dense and complex texts along, with his spirited reminders to make good use of our precious human rebirth was the inspiration to become a regular attendee and eventually participate in the Basic Program, a 12-course FPMT program for lay people modeled after the curriculum taught in the monasteries. The tremendous benefits enjoyed from this part-time program helped her see how meaningful a full-time pursuit of monastic studies must be for the monks at House 2A. 


When the opportunity arose to contribute to their support, Debra was happy to become part of the monk sponsorship program that ensures monks and nuns receive ongoing support for their studies.

Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn was first introduced to Tibetan Buddhism by his sister Becca Jay in the early 1990s but it wasn't until he came to Kurukulla Center in 2011 that he began regular study and practice. He studied first with Venerable Tsun-ma Jampa Dolkar (Sue Macy) and then with Geshe Ngawang Tenley. Over time, Geshe Tenley became his primary teacher and in 2019 he went on pilgrimage to India and Nepal with Geshe Tenley and some of Geshe-la's other students. This was a profound experience where they visited and practiced at the sites of many important events in the Buddha's life, such as his birth (Lumbini), enlightenment (Bodhgaya), first teaching (Sarnath) and parinirvana (Kushinagar). Bob regularly helps with Kurukulla Center's A/V needs such as live-streaming classes and providing audio for large events. Bob also holds a BS and SM in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the field of digital speech processing for over 25 years.

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

Harry@geshetsulga.com

bill@geshetsulga.com

sue@geshetsulga.com

andrea@geshetsulga.com

debra@geshetsulga.com

jane@geshetsulga.com

bob@geshetsulga.com