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Welcome to

The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs

Inside our  website, you’ll learn all about our community: our monthly calendar, our practices and activities, as well as information about our spiritual lineage, a guide to finding Buddhist related resources in the internet, and some lists of recommended readings. You’ll also find many  recordings of our Monday night teachings, as well as a number of great podcasts and articles and video clips to stimulate your mind and open your heart. (see menu above) These are all free to anyone who wants to follow along with us at a distance.   Most importantly, you’ll find a curriculum of study, complete with talks, articles, and recommended readings to help you as you move along the path of study and practice.  Finally, you can learn how to join our community.

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The Buddhist Center was founded in 1996 by Tim Olmsted in an effort to share the Buddha’s teachings in the Yampa Valley and to support those who were already practicing Buddhism, or other spiritual teachings.

Tim has been a student of the teachings since meeting his first teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado in the mid-70’s. In 1981 Tim and his family moved to Kathmandu, Nepal at the invitation of the great meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and his son Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Living in Nepal gave him access to the teachings of all of the great teachers of our time. Tim maintained a busy psychotherapy practice during his years in Nepal.

In 1994 Tim returned from Kathmandu and moved to Steamboat Springs. Two years later he founded the Buddhist Center. In 2000 Tim was asked by Pema Chödrön to become the director of Gampo Abbey, the largest monastery in the west. Tim and his wife, Glenna, lived at Gampo Abbey for the next 3 years.

Tim is one of the founders and core instructors of the Tergar Meditation Community, under the guidance of the Mingyur Rinpoche, the youngest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He spends much of the year traveling around the world leading the ‘Joy of Living’ meditation retreats featuring Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings. You can learn more about Mingyur Rinpoche and his teachings here.

Tim is the president of The Pema Chödrön Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the support monastic tradition in the west, and Gampo Abbey. - You can learn more about Pema and the foundation here.

Tim’s wife Glenna, has been a realtor in Steamboat Springs for the past 30 years. She is active in the community, having served as one of the ‘dekyongs’ who watch over the well-being of the community and respond to the needs that come up.  Glenna is also the executive assistant to Pema Chödrön, one the the most loved and respected western Buddhist nuns alive today.

Our Tradition

The Buddhist Center is guided by the Buddha’s teachings in general, and by the Buddhist tradition as it was passed down through the great scholars and meditators of Tibet. Specifically, the emphasis of these teachings is the joining of compassion, the wish to relieve all beings of suffering, and wisdom, the insight into the nature of mind and the world it projects. These teachings make up the Mahayana, or ‘great vehicle’, and are uniquely applicable for householders living in the world, like us. Finally, the view and methods of the Vajrayana, or ‘Diamond Vehicle’ show us how to directly access the very nature of an awakened mind.  These teachings have come down through the centuries in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The traditions followed by these schools are known as Mahamudra and Dzogchen respectively.

Many thanks to Bob Winsett (,  Ken Lee (, and Elsa Diaz for the use of their photos for our website.