"We are a diverse, democratically organized group who come together to learn and practice the teachings of the Buddha in a nonsectarian format."

Tam Bao Buddhist Temple was established in in 1993 by the Buddhist members of the Vietnamese community residing in Greater Tulsa Area. English language services began in the spring of 1998 and an English Language Service Group, independent of the Vietnamese Sangha, evolved.

In April 1999 the Sangha formally accepted the following mission statement:

"We are a diverse, democratically organized group who come together to learn and practice the teachings of the Buddha in a nonsectarian format."


Tam Bao is Vietnamese for "Three Jewels", and refers to the three jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. At each service we chant:

Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhamam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami

which is Pali for:

I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha


The Sangha meets regularly each Sunday morning at 9:00 am for an hour meditation/Dharma lesson.

Everyone is welcomeImage