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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 June 2015

On Saturday, June 6th, we will have a field trip to Vassar College to see Karen Lucic’s exhibition the art of Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara. In the afternoon we will visit Tubten Choling Tibetan Center in Wappingers Falls. We will see the stupa and make offerings to Lama Norlha. If you are interested in coming and haven’t RSVPed, please contact Laura or Joan no later than June 2nd. We will carpool, so please meet in the parking lot at Doane Stuart at 8:45AM.

On Saturday, June 20th, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Tuesday, June 23rd 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 6:30 PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as cheese, crackers, fruit, cookies, chips, nuts, or juice.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

June 7th: Lama Zopa will begin his teaching series on the Kagyu lineage masters, beginning with Vajradhara, Tilopa, and Naropa.

June 14th: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be teaching and giving the long form Bodhisattva vows at KTD. People are encouraged to go. At our center, we will show a video (TBA).

June 21st: Father’s Day: Lama Zopa will continue his teaching on the lineage masters.

June 28th: Karmapa’s birthday celebration at KTD with free lunch. Meditation sitting will end early at 10:30AM (no teaching) so people can get to KTD in time. For those new to KTD, Lama Zopa has offered to give a tour of KTD.

Thursdays at 6:30PM: Dakpo Targyen class will be held on June 4th and end on June 11th.

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

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of June 22-28, 2015

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 6/23 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok.  A tsok is a feast offering and is a powerful method of purification.  All are welcomed to attend.  Set up begins at 6:30.  Please bring a vegetarian snack such as small fruit, nuts, cheese, crackers, chips, cookies, or nonalcoholic beverage to share. 
Sunday 6/28  Karmapa’s Birthday!!
  • 9 AM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas
  • 10 – 10:30  Short Meditation
  • No teaching today.  Meditation will end early so that people can get down to KTD in time for Karmapa’s 30th birthday celebration. There will be a complementary vegetarian lunch with entertainment too.  For planning purposes and food preparation, please register beforehand by calling KTD at 845-679-5906 ext 3.  For those new to KTD, Lama Zopa has offered to give a tour of the beautiful monastery. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. In keeping with the Karmapa’s environmentalism, carpooling is encouraged.
Wishing you a beautiful summer week.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
All of us have within us  seeds of compassion – they’re present within all of us to some varying degree.  This compassion is actually hard-wired into all of us. And yet we are able to turn it off.  When we turn it off it’s as if we have no compassion at all. For that reason it’s important for us to grow these seeds of compassion, so that we can see we are not separate from other sentient beings.
-Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa-

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***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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