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Welcome to Albany KTC

Albany Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) is a Buddhist study and meditation center providing authentic teachings and practices of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje; head of the 900 year old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world.

This Month at Albany KTC

Highlights for February 2015

Regular Schedule


            9 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

            10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

            11:15 AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7:00 PM:

            First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

            Second and Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and Short Green Tara Practice

Thursday 6:30 PM: Dakpo Targyen Members Class, beginning February 26.


Special Events:

On Saturday, February 7, at 9-10:30 AM, we will do the Green Tara Sadhana.

On Thursday, February 19 at 7 PM, we will celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It is the start of the Wood Sheep Year. At KTC we will do the short Green Tara practice, followed by refreshments.

At KTD there will be four days of Mahakala practice from Feb. 14 to 17, and a Sang puja at 10 AM on Feb. 18. On Feb. 19, Losar Day will begin at KTD at 6 AM with Green Tara, and will include a feast at noon. Members and friends are encouraged to attend the KTD festivities, especially the Sang and Losar Day events, and to return in time for our KTC celebration.

On Thursday evenings at 6:30, beginning on February 26, Lama Zopa will resume teaching on the Dakpo Targyen

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:

Feb 1: Video: Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture

Feb 8: Teaching by Lama Zopa: Tendrel: The Interdependent Nature of Reality

Feb 15: KTC Annual Meeting

Feb 22: Teaching by Lama Zopa Parting from the Four Attachments

Coming Up: On the weekend of March 13-15, 2015, we will present a live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD on Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa gave up eating meat because of the intense suffering of animals and his Mahayana training to see all sentient beings as his mothers. Now Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, who has also given up meat, explains why it is so beneficial to do so.

Note: A $5 donation for Sunday teachings for non-members is appreciated.

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of January 26 to February 1, 2015

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 1/27/15 (Cancelled because of snowstorm)

Thursday 1/15 at 7PM  Final book discussion on The Heart is Noble by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.  Chapters 11 and 12.  Even if you haven’t attended any of the previous discussions, please feel free to come.

Sunday 2/1/15

  • 9-10 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas.  Chenrezig is the bodhisattva of compassion which we seek to develop within   Amitabha is the Buddha of boundless light and is associated with peace, particularly at the time of death.
  • 10-11 Shamata (tranquility meditation) and Tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15  Video Torma:  The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculptures

Wishing you a blessed week ahead.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

With spiritual practice, instead of gaining something we did not have before, we gradually make ourselves clearer to ourselves.

from the Heart is Noble by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Albany KTC News

On Saturday, January 10, Lama Lodro Lhamo inspired us with a one-day teaching and practice of the female buddha Green Tara. This is the long form of the Green Tara Sadhana—The Profound Essence of Tara—that is done daily at KTD. We now plan to do the Green Tara practice once a month on a Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. Participants should refrain from eating meat before the puja.

Lama Zopa brought back a beautiful Mandala from Nepal, which is now set up in front of our shrine. People are welcome to decorate it with semiprecious stones and coins.

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