Welcome to Albany KTC
Albany Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) is a Buddhist study and meditation center providing authentic teachings and practices of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
We have a weekly schedule of meditation practices and Dharma teachings.
We are an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the supreme master of the Kagyu lineage.
We offer free instruction in basic Buddhist meditation practice each Sunday morning.
This Week at Albany KTC
Week of March 10-16, 2014
Dear Dharma Friends,
What a great weekend we just had with Lama Tashi Dondrup who gave a profound teaching on the Amitabha practice as well as offering Refuge and the Amitabha Empowerment. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to those who took Refuge. Welcome to the Karma Kagyu community!
On Tuesday, 3/11 at 7 PM we will have a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. Set up begins at 6:30. Please bring a healthful snack or beverage as part of the offering.
On Thursday, 3/13 at 6:30 PM Lama Zopa resumes teaching on Gampopa’s Dakpo Targyen (Ornament of Precious Liberation), Chapter 7. Please note this is a members class. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Lama Zopa. ***** Postponed to 3/20*****
On Sunday 3/16 at 9 AM we will recite the Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas as well as the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the merit of which we dedicate to the long life and successful dharma activity of the Gyalwang Karmapa. From 10 – 11 we will do shamata meditation and tonglen. Following a short tea break, we will watch a video on the 16th Karmapa.
Wishing you a blessed week ahead and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Highlights for March 2014
On March 7-9, Lama Tashi Dondrup from Toronto will visit Albany KTC. He will give a public talk on Friday evening March 7 at 7 PM on The Importance of Empowerment in Vajrayana Practice and a weekend seminar on the Amitabha practice, as well as refuge and an Amitabha empowerment. The seminar will have sessions Saturday March 8 at 10-12 AM and 2:30-4:30 PM, and Sunday March 9 at 10-12 AM. The refuge vow ceremony and empowerment will be at 3:30 PM on Sunday. See the Flyer for more details.
On Tuesday March 11 at 7 PM, we will have a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. Bring a vegetarian snack or drink.
On Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 PM the Dakpo Targyen members class resumes. Following a review of Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation, we will study Chapter 7. Admission to the class is by permission from Lama Zopa.
Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:
March 2: No teaching
March 9: Continuation of Lama Tashi visit.
March 16: DVD: The Lion’s Roar. A video about the life of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, who founded KTD.
March 23: Lama Zopa will teach on The Ten Dharma Practices.
March 30: Study group on the Traleg Rinpoche’s book The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion by Training the Mind. We will begin Chapter 6, The Commitments of Mind Training.
Albany KTC News and Special Events
Past and Future Events
Losar Celebration: Losar, The Year of the Wood Horse, was Friday, January 31, and several of us were able to attend the service at KTD Monastery. The traditional Green Tara Puja was held at 8 AM instead of 6 AM, the previously announced hour. Had we known, more folks could have gone down from KTC. Maybe next year!
KTC celebrated Losar On Sunday, February 2, with special prayers and a delicious vegetarian pot luck lunch.
Lama Lodro Lhamo has agreed to teach at Albany KTC on Sunday, April 20th, on The History and Importance of Tara, the female buddha.
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We are normally only present at the center during the hours posted on the schedules. For information on visiting at other times please contact us at least 72 hours in advance.