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.
Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)
11:15 AM Teaching or Other Program
Tuesday at 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
Second & Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls
Highlights for November 2015
On Saturday, November 7th, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30 AM. Please do not eat meat or eggs before the practice.
On the weekend of November 13-15, we will show the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Benefits of Offering Butterlamps. Hours are Friday 7-9PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 12noon and 3:30-5PM, Sunday 10:30AM to 12noon and 2:30-4PM.
On Sunday, November 22nd, we will show an unusual but delightful video of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche teaching on mindful listening to music.
On Tuesday, November 24th, we will hold 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 6:30PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as cheese, crackers, nuts, cookies, fruit, chips, juice, tea, or soda.
Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:
Nov. 1st: Book Study: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo, continuing Chapter 6.
Nov. 8th: Lama Zopa will teach, Meditation Instruction by Milarepa, Lord of Yogis
Nov. 15th: Continuation of webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s weekend teaching at KTD: Benefits of Offering Butterlamps. See above for times.
Nov. 22nd: Video teaching by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on mindful listening to music.
Nov. 29th: Book Study: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo, chapter TBD.
Tuesday Programs at 7PM:
Nov. 3rd: Chenrezig and Amitabha. Nov. 10th: Short Green Tara/Confession of Downfalls
Nov. 17th: Chenrezig and Amitabha Nov. 24th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)
Please Note: Lama Zopa is available on a limited basis for scheduled interviews to answer questions and to give advice on personal practice. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins (872-1629).
Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.
- 9 AM – 10 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
- 10 – 11 Shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
- 11:15 Book Study Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo
Events in October
We were delighted to welcome David Karma Choephel to Albany KTC on October 13. He gave a wonderful teaching on the Heart Sutra, one of the most profound but least understood teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. A translator and a monk, David Karma Choephel brought to this teaching a depth of understanding from working with the most eminent masters of the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition.
On October 23 and 24 we enjoyed a visit from Lama Kathy Wesley, a popular teacher from Columbus KTC. She gave a public talk “Making Life a Spiritual Journey” on Friday evening, and taught on Saturday on “Aspiration and Inspiration; Deepening Dharma Practice”. She inspired us with her kindness and wisdom.
Albany KTC is located in the Doane Stuart School at 199 Washington Ave in Rensselaer. Park in the lot on Forbes Avenue to the left side of the school, and enter on that side, the last set of doors from the front.