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

Tam Bao

Who We Are

Temple

English language services are held on Sundays, beginning promptly at 9:00am and lasting for about an hour. All are welcome!

The Temple is the larger building toward the back of the property, not the smaller house you pass on your right in the driveway. Leave your shoes on the shoe rack outside the back door and enter.

On your right as you enter you should find a box with folders which contain our Meditation and Chants -- take one! Then find a seat, either on a cushion on the floor or in a chair in the back, wherever you are most comfortable.

While waiting for the service to begin you may want to read the supplementary information in the back of the folder. You'll find an explanation of many of the items on the altar, a glossary of some Buddhist terms, and some Buddhist prayers and sutras.


We do not have a formal dress code. However, please keep in mind that Tam Bao is a temple, a sacred space where religious rituals are performed. While our sangha is non-denominational and follows no specific tradition, we ask our members to respect tradition and dress accordingly. While informal attire is acceptable, shorts, miniskirts, bare midriffs and tank tops are not considered proper attire. Please use common sense and consideration.

Shoes should be left on the shoe rack outside the door.

In addition, please consider that in most Buddhist traditions one should not extend the leg pointing toward the altar while sitting on the floor - in the Buddhist tradition it is considered rude.


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."

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

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