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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Daily Morning Services (Tue, May 01, 2018 6:00 am - 8:00 am)

These services are held everyday, but their details are only listed on the first day of the month.

 

You are welcome to join us for all or part of our morning services, called "tsokpa", to sit in meditation. Chanting is in Tibetan, so for those interested in participating in the chanting, transliterated copies of the text are available for use in the shrine room. Morning Tsokpa includes Tara and Medicine Buddha.

(Free of charge)

Daily Evening Service (Tue, May 01, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

These services are held everyday, but their details are only listed on the first day of the month.

 

You are welcome to join us for all or part of our evening services, called "tsokpa", to sit in meditation. Chanting is in Tibetan, so for those interested in participating in the chanting, transliterated copies of the text are available for use in the shrine room. Evening Tsokpa includes the Mahakala Protector practices.

(Free of charge)

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, May 01, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the Maitreya Center.

 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 02, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, May 03, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, May 04, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, May 04, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, May 05, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, May 06, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, May 07, 2018

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, May 07, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, May 08, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the Maitreya Center.

 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 09, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Commemoration of Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana (Thu, May 10, 2018 6:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Kalu Rinpoche

Join the KTC sangha as we commemorate the occasion of our root lama Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche's parinirvana -- the day he left his body and entered the Pure Realms.   We will be offering a full Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö) and chanting Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga) -- a special aspiration practice compiled by Kalu Rinpoche himself.  Kalu Rinpoche’s feast offering (tsok) will also be included.

 

6:30 am | Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö)
A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.

 

9:30 am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga) and Feast Offering (Tsok), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro)
Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, May 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, May 11, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Meditation and Creativity: Leaping Beyond the Confines of the Conditioned Mind (Sat, May 12, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

JeffColombeResized03Mar2017 1We are pleased to welcome back Jeff Colombe, Ph.D, as part of an occasional series of supplementary talks regarding mind in the modern world.

 

In our ongoing quest to navigate an uncertain world, we are continually faced with problems that exceed the reach of our existing habits or available social doctrine. Creativity is what allows us to expansively forage for solutions, and to recognize and be willing to act boldly upon those solutions when they manifest. Research has identified several key factors in creativity, including the importance of novelty-seeking in patterns of thought. Meditation has been shown to improve key cognitive and emotional functions necessary to navigate beyond apparent limiting factors. Perhaps the biggest problem to solve, requiring creativity, is to expand awareness beyond the confines of the 'narrative self' we assume in conditioned samsaric existence.

 

Jeff Colombe has a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in neurobiology, and works for a not-for-profit advising the federal government in science and technology issues in the public interest. He has over 20 years of study under teachers of Kashmir Shaivism and Dzogchen meditation.


Admission is free

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details.  Please send an email to  reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, May 12, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Commemoration of Mother's Day (Sun, May 13, 2018 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

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Please join us in honoring all mothers (past, present, and future!) through chanting the short practice of Green Tara, who is often referred to as “The Mother of Liberation,” and is known for her swift activity in dispelling fears, obstacles and illness. The merit accumulated through participating in this inspiring practice will be dedicated to the countless beings who have been our mothers since beginningless time.

 

The chanting text will be available with English and Chinese transliteration and translation, and will be chanted at a comfortable pace.

 

1:30 pm | Chanting of Green Tara 

 

There is no charge for attending the chanting but advance reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, May 13, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, May 14, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 16, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, May 17, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, May 18, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 19, 2018 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Sat, May 19, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, May 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, May 20, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, May 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, May 22, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the Maitreya Center.

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 23, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, May 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, May 25, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 26, 2018 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Sat, May 26, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, May 26, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, May 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, May 28, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 30, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30 am - Fri, Jun 01, 2018 9:30 am)

                                                            May 16 - June 1, 2018

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

 

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

 

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 

 

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

 

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, May 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

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