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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 March 2015

Regular Schedule
Sunday: 9 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7:00 PM: 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. The Confession of Downfalls is a new change to our regular schedule. It is considered to be very important to chant this sutra regularly in order to purify infractions of the lay and bodhisattva vows.

Thursday 6:30 PM: Dakpo Targyen Members Class, beginning March 5th.

Last Month
On Thursday, February 19, we had a wonderful Losar, Tibetan New Year celebration for the Wood Sheep Year. Khenpo Tenkyong came for his first visit to our center along with a number of people from our KTD family.

Highlights for March 2015
Special Events:
On Tuesday, March 3rd and on Tuesday, March 31st, 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. If you can, bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, fruit, candy, nuts, juice, or soda.
On Saturday, March 7th, at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, we will do the Long Green Tara practice. In the afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM, Lama Zopa will give a special Ngondro teaching for those who are currently practicing Ngondro.
On the weekend of March 13-15, 2015, we will present a live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD on Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat. The teaching will begin on Friday March 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Saturday March 14, at 10:30AM to noon and 3:30 to 5 PM. Sunday, from 10:30 AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4 PM. A $5 donation per session is suggested.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:
March 1: Video: Tai Situ Rinpoche on Pilgrimage for Active Peace

March 8: Teaching by Lama Zopa: Interdependence (rescheduled from snow day on Feb. 8)

March 15: Continuation of webcast Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat.

March 22: Teaching by Laura Roth, explaining the basic prayers, 4 Immeasurables, Dedication of Merit, Refuge prayer, etc.

March 29: Teaching by Lama Zopa: On the Importance and Benefits of Ngondro (open to all).

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

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of March 2-8, 2015

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 3/3 at 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok (feast gathering).  Tsoks are one of the most important practices of Tibetan Buddhism.  It is a powerful method of purification where offerings are made to deities.  All are welcome to attend this ritual practice, which features chanting and offerings. Set up will begin at 6:30.  Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic beverage to offer.   Some suggested items: fruit, crudités, cheese, crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies, nuts, soda or juice.
Thursday 3/5 at 6:30 PM Lama Zopa will resume teaching the Dakpo Targyen class.  In this course, students read and discuss the book The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa.  This class is for members.  If you are interested inparticipating, please contact Lama Zopa directly.  
On Saturday, March 7th, at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, we will do the Long Green Tara practice.  Please do not eat any meat prior to the practice.   After lunch,  Lama Zopa will give a special Ngondro teaching for those who are currently practicing Ngondro.
Sunday 3/8
  • 9 AM – 10 chanting of Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche.  Chenrezig is the bodhisattva of limitless compassion which we seek to develop within ourselves.  Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Tibet and is considered a second Buddha by Tibetans.
  • 10-11 Shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:15  Lama Zopa will teach on Interdependence
Wishing you a blessed week ahead and a happy March.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Ignorance is living in the illusion that appearances are real.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche “Interdependence and the Wheel of Life”, Densal Vol 5

Albany KTC News

On Saturday, January 10, Lama Lodro Lhamo inspired us with a one-day teaching and practice of the female buddha Green Tara. This is the long form of the Green Tara Sadhana—The Profound Essence of Tara—that is done daily at KTD. We now plan to do the Green Tara practice once a month on a Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. Participants should refrain from eating meat before the puja.

Lama Zopa brought back a beautiful Mandala from Nepal, which is now set up in front of our shrine. People are welcome to decorate it with semiprecious stones and coins.

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