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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

Schedule for May 2015

Regular Schedule

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM 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

Thursday 6:30PM: Dakpo Targyen Members class

Highlights for May 2015

On Saturday, May 9, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice from 9:30 to 11:30AM, led by our special guest, Lama Karma Drodul! Please do not eat meat in the morning before the practice.

On Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day, Lama Karma Drodul will teach, Recollecting a Mother’s Kindness: a Buddhist Perspective. Teaching will start at 10:45AM after a shortened meditation sitting from 10 to 10:30AM.

On Tuesday, May 26, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is a feast offering to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink such as cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, fruit, candy, nuts, juice, or soda.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

May 3: Book study: Chapter 2 of Into the Heart of Life, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Laura Roth will facilitate.

May 15 – 17: Live webcast of Khenpo Karthar’s teaching at KTD on The Purifying Practice of Nyungne: Part 1. This teaching will be webcast all weekend: Friday, May 15, from 7 to 8:30PM, Saturday, May 16, from 10:30AM to noon and from 3:30 to 5PM, and Sunday, May 17, from 10:30AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4PM. Suggested donation of $5 per session is appreciated.

May 24: To be announced

May 31: Book study: Chapter 3 of Into the Heart of Life. MaryAnn Duncan will facilitate.

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

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of May 4-10, 2015

Dear Dharma Friends,

Here is our schedule for the week:
Tuesday 5/5  7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana.  We will also say special aspiration prayers for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
Thursday 5/7 6:30 Dakpo Targyen class
Saturday 5/9 9:30 AM – 11:30 Long Green Tara sadhana led by Lama Karma Drodul. Please DO NOT eat meat before the practice.
Sunday 5/10 Happy Mother’s Day!!
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Shamata (tranquility) meditation and Tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 10:45 -  Special Mother’s Day Teaching by Lama Karma Drodul “Recollecting a Mother’s Kindness:  A Buddhist perspective”
May you enjoy the beautiful warm days this coming week and take a moment to smell the flowers and thank your mother!
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Since your mother is the closest person to you, cultivate a recognition of all beings as your mothers.  Also, recollect their kindness as your mothers and develop a wish to repay them their kindness.  These three steps are how you learn to cherish and have affection for living beings….This love gives rise to compassion.
from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” by Tsong-Kha-Pa

Albany KTC News

***Special Event***: Lama Karma Drodul will visit Albany KTC on the weekend of May 9-10. He will lead our Green Tara practice on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 AM and will give a talk on Sunday at 10:30 AM. For more details see the May Schedule.

April Events:  The last half of April was an exciting time, as His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived at his seat at KTD and gave many wonderful teachings, including public talks at the Ulster Performing Arts Center and in the town of Woodstock, an empowerment for KTD members, teachings at KTD, and visits to Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. The Karmapa also visited Kagyu centers in Redhook and Wappingers Falls. For more information, including webcasts of the teachings and wonderful pictures, please visit KTD’s website: www.kagyu.org or visit www.karmapaamerica2015.org

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