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 June 17-23
This week we are having the following special programs.
Highlights for June 2013
On Thursday Evenings 6:30-8:30 PM, Lama Zopa will continue his in depth teaching on the Dagpo Targyen, or Ornament of Precious Liberation by Gampopa. The last program for the spring will be on June 20, and will include a celebration with cake and refreshments. The classes will break for the summer and will resume in the fall.
On Saturday June 15, there will be a special program on the Long Green Tara Sadhana, also called The Profound Essence of Tara. Refuge is required in order to participate.
10-12 AM: Lama Zopa will give instruction in the Tara Sadhana practice, including the proper way to play the ritual instruments.
2-4 PM: We will practice the Sadhana.
On Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 PM instead of our regular Chenrezig/Amitabha practice, we will have the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja. Preparation will be at 6:30 PM. Bring vegetarian snack type food to offer and share.
On Sunday, June 30, in place of our regular program we will have live streaming of the final day of the North American Kagyu Monlam, which is being held in Toronto on June 26-30. We will begin at 9 AM.
Sunday programs at 11:15 AM:
June 2: Members meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.
June 9: We will show the documentary video Never Give up—the Heart of Compassion, inspired by the Gyalwang Karmapa and produced in Bodhgaya, India.
Jun 16: Lama Zopa will teach on Meditations on the Four Immeasurables.
June 23: We will not have a teaching after our practices. All are encouraged to attend Karmapa’s birthday celebration at KTD in Woodstock. This will begin with the White Tara puja at 9 AM. At noon there will be a birthday luncheon with offerings and performances.
June 30: Live streaming of the Kagyu Monlam in Toronto.
Albany KTC News and Special Events
Past and Future Events
In May we had our Spring Picnic in the cafeteria at Doane Stuart, with microwaved veggie burgers and veggie italian sausages, together with other delicious contributions from everyone. We were grateful for not being rained on or frozen. but if summer ever comes we hope to have a real picnic in July. (See below)
For the Future
On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 and 10, 2013 Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will visit Albany KTC. He will give two public talks, which should be of interest to Dharma students at all levels:
Tuesday, July 9 at 7-9 PM: Introduction to Buddhism. Khenpo Ugyen will explain how to apply the Buddhist teachings to our daily lives and how we can free ourselves from suffering through cultivating wisdom and compassion.
Wednesday, July 10 at 7-9 PM: Questions and Answers. Khenpo Ugyen will answer all questions—everything you wanted to know about Buddhism but were afraid to ask!
On Sunday, July 15, 12 noon to 3:00 PM Albany KTC will have a Summer Picnic at the Colonie Town Park in Latham. Family and friends are welcome. There are picnic tables and charcoal grills to cook veggie burgers and such. Also a playground, boat launch, and nature trails. Bring some vegetarian or vegan food to share. Please contact Laura Roth (434-7420) or Mary Ann Duncan (785-5271) to coordinate what you are bringing. We are hoping for good weather, but in case of rain, we will (again) have an indoor picnic at the center.
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.