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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Daily Morning Services (Sat, Oct 01, 2011 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)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Ngöndro (Tue, Oct 04, 2011 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Preliminary practices chanted in both English and Tibetan

(Free of charge)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ngöndro (Tue, Oct 11, 2011 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Preliminary practices chanted in both English and Tibetan

(Free of charge)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ngöndro (Tue, Oct 18, 2011 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Preliminary practices chanted in both English and Tibetan

(Free of charge)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ngöndro (Tue, Oct 25, 2011 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Preliminary practices chanted in both English and Tibetan

(Free of charge)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra (All day)

Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra, is an obstacle averting practice that dispels unfavorable circumstances and prompts good conditions. The Heart Sutra is recited repeatedly as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).  The practice invokes the blessings of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas.

Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am.

There are many ways to participate in this auspicious activity. During this practice the shrine room is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals, fire offering ceremonies, or the tea served during the chanting. General contributions towards these special practices are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Kagyu Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required one week in advance 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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Mon, Oct 31, 2011 6:00 am - Wed, Nov 16, 2011 12:00 pm)



PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 18, 2011.
Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the KTC Sangha will be participating in another 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne - the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.

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:

PLEASE NOTE:  Dates for individual nyungne sets have been rescheduled as below:

Set 1   Begins Oct 31 (Monday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 2 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 2 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 4 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 4 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 6 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins Nov 6 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 8 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins Nov 8 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 10 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins Nov 10 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 12 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins Nov 12 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 14 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins Nov 14 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 16 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 18, 2011.  This will help us to ensure that the proper number of texts are available as well as to ensure proper meal planning. 

Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing dechi@kagyu.com 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.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:
  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room: $110/Non-Members    $90/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free.

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