What is a Mala?

The strand of beads, known as a mala, is a sacred spiritual item used to keep count of chanting repetitions while meditating. The tactile nature of the bead can be used to keep one grounded, or remind one of one’s intention.

 is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist Temple located in the Galleria area of Houston Texas. Our mission is to be a living bridge between traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings and curious people everywhere. 

Whether you are new to Buddhism, or a long time practitioner, curious, or even just looking for community, you are welcome here. We have programs for everyone.

Where do I Begin?

Step 1) Sign up for our newsletter! Keep up with news and special events via email.


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Step 2) Join Us Sundays- Suitable for Everyone!

Sunday Programming is Free and includes:

  • Qi Gong- weekly @ 10:00 am, 9:30 am CT on First Sunday
  • Meditation- weely @ 11:00 am CT
  • Short teachings- First Sunday at 10:30 am CT
  • Free Lunch- First Sunday at 12:00 noon CT


In the Mission Center of St. Philip Presbyterian Church. We are only open to the public during event hours.


Almost all events held at Dawn Mountain are available live online via Zoom and YouTube

Step 3) Register for a welcome event.

Step 4) Teaching Tuesdays- Suitable for Everyone interested in Traditional Tibetan Buddhism

Teaching Tuesday is a series meeting on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Each series lasts for several weeks and all sessions are recorded and available for review. Topics range from lessons on compassion and self reflection to newly translated stories of important Buddhist figures.

Feeling connected to others is so important. These classes encourage a lot of conversation and sharing in a shame-free and pressure-free environment.

Step 5) Join a Retreat- Suitable for Anyone looking to get more committed