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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 July 2015

Regular Schedule

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second, Fourth Tuesdays 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Special Events:

On Saturday, July 4th, at noon, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 92nd Birthday will be celebrated at KTD with a party feast, birthday cake, and sangha offerings. All are welcome. For meal planning purposes, please let the monastery know if you plan on coming (845-679-5906 x3).

On Saturday, July 11th, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, we will show the webcast of Khenpo Karthar’s teaching on Nyungne, Part 2. Friday, 7 to 8:30pm and Saturday, 10:30am to noon and 3:30 to 5pm.

On the weekend of July 24 – 26, Lama Lodro Lhamo will begin her Green Tara teaching/retreat at KTD. She will be focusing on the text, ritual, chanting, music, and tormas over the weekend. This is a great opportunity for those who have expressed an interest in learning these areas. For the remainder of the retreat, from Monday, the 27th, to Wednesday, the 29th, Lama Lodro Lhamo will lead Green Tara practice sessions.

On Sunday, August 2nd, instead of a teaching, we will hold our Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park. Save the date!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

July 5th: We will show a video teaching by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

July 12th: Member’s Meeting will be held instead of a teaching. All are encouraged to attend.

July 19th: Lama Zopa will continue his teaching on the Karma Kagyu lineage masters.

July 26th: Continuation of the book study, Into the Heart of Life, by Tenzin Palmo, chap. 4. Session facilitator TBA.

August 2nd: KTC Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park.

Please note: Lama Zopa is available for scheduled interviews to answer questions and give advice regarding personal practice. He will be available from July 6 to July 20th and from July 28 to the end of the month. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins at 872-1629.

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

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of July 27 – August 2

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 7/28/15 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana, 7 Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and the Confession of Downfalls
Sunday 8/2/15 
  • 9AM – 10 Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhana & 7 Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
  • 10 -11 Shamata (tranquility) meditation and Tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 12 – ? Picnic Time !!  I hope you can join us for our annual picnic at the Colonie Town Park in Latham.  Kindly bring a vegetarian dish, snack or non alcoholic beverage to share.  
Wishing you a beautiful summer week.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
To the extent that your practice of confession is sincere, the negativity will be purified.” Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Albany KTC News

Last Month: 

On Saturday, June 6th, we enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Vassar College to see the exhibit on the art of Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara, curated and explained beautifully by Karen Lucic; as well as a trip to Tubten Choling Tibetan Center in Wappingers Falls. We met and made offerings to Lama Norlha, saw the beautiful stupa, and toured the new retreat center. All had a great time.

Upcoming Special Events:

On August 2nd we will have a picnic at Colonie Town Park.  Bring a vegetarian dish or non alcoholic beverage to share.

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