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 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.
We offer free instruction in basic Buddhist meditation practice each Sunday morning.
Each week Albany KTC offers Buddhist teachings and practices such as Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion; Buddha Amitabha; Green Tara; and Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha of Uddiyana.
We also provide free instruction in basic meditation practice.
The weekly teachings are teachings by Lama Zopa, teachings by visiting Lamas or other instructional programs.
9:00 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
10:00 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)
11:15 AM Teaching or other program
First, Third and Fifth Tuesdays: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and Short Green Tara Practice
An Introduction to Buddhism Course will begin on September 28 at 11:15 AM. This will be a great chance to learn about Buddhism. The course will have 8 sessions on Sunday mornings after meditation. The first four classes will be on September 28 through October 19, and the second four classes will be on November 16 through December 7. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series if possible. A donation of $5 per class is appreciated (members free). More details will be in a forthcoming flyer.
Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:
Sept 7: Lama Zopa will teach on Distinguishing between Hinayana and Mahayana.
Sept 14: Video Teaching by the Karmapa: Changing the World from the Inside Out — Love and Compassion for a globalised World, part of the series The Gyalwang Karmapa in Berlin.
Sept 21: Lama Zopa will teach on The Seven Branch Prayer.
Sept 28: The first class of the Introduction to Buddhism Course: The Three Jewels.
Note: A $5 donation for Sunday teachings for non-members is appreciated.
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Dear Dharma Friends,
Tuesday 9/16 at 7PM: We will recite the Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Guru Rinpoche Prayer.
Thursday 9/18 at 6:30 PM: Dakpo Targyen class, Chapter 9
- 9 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Guru Rinpoche Prayer.
- 10 AM Shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen
- 11:15 Lama Zopa will teach about the Significance of the Seven Branch Prayer.
I hope you can join us for one of our programs. Until then, wishing you and all sentient beings a blessed week ahead.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
As a deep lake is clear and undisturbed,
So do the wise become calm,
having heard the words of Dharma.
– from The Dhammapada: Sayings of the Buddha
August Events: On Tuesday August 5 at 7 PM Lama Losang gave a Dharma teaching on A Guided Meditation on Compassion. A small but enthusiastic audience braved thunderstorms and floods to attend.
Coming up: In October we will begin a study group on the text The Heart is Noble, a recent book by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Copies are available at the center for $15. The study group will meet on Thursday evenings, beginning on October 2.