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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Daily Morning Services (Wed, May 01, 2013 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 (Wed, May 01, 2013 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)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 01, 2013 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 04, 2013 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 04, 2013 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)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Study Group on The Path to Buddhahood by Ringu Tulku (Tue, May 07, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Path to Buddahood by Ringu Tulku is a concise and friendly guide to the most comprehensive handbook of Buddhist practice in our lineage, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation written by the twelfth-century teacher Gampopa.  The text, available at the KTC bookstore, will be taught by graduates of the Three-year retreat.  Anyone is welcome to join at any time without attending previous sessions and there is no charge for participating.  This group meets in the KTC library in the main monastery building.  If you have any questions, please email Lama Chodron at chodron.mailbox@kagyu.com.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 08, 2013 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 11, 2013 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 11, 2013 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)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Study Group on The Path to Buddhahood by Ringu Tulku (Tue, May 14, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Path to Buddahood by Ringu Tulku is a concise and friendly guide to the most comprehensive handbook of Buddhist practice in our lineage, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation written by the twelfth-century teacher Gampopa.  The text, available at the KTC bookstore, will be taught by graduates of the Three-year retreat.  Anyone is welcome to join at any time without attending previous sessions and there is no charge for participating.  This group meets in the KTC library in the main monastery building.  If you have any questions, please email Lama Chodron at chodron.mailbox@kagyu.com.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 15, 2013 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 18, 2013 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 18, 2013 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)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Study Group on The Path to Buddhahood by Ringu Tulku (Tue, May 21, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Path to Buddahood by Ringu Tulku is a concise and friendly guide to the most comprehensive handbook of Buddhist practice in our lineage, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation written by the twelfth-century teacher Gampopa.  The text, available at the KTC bookstore, will be taught by graduates of the Three-year retreat.  Anyone is welcome to join at any time without attending previous sessions and there is no charge for participating.  This group meets in the KTC library in the main monastery building.  If you have any questions, please email Lama Chodron at chodron.mailbox@kagyu.com.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 22, 2013 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, May 25, 2013 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 25, 2013 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)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Fri, May 10, 2013 4:00 am - Sun, May 26, 2013 4:00 am)

May 10 - 26, 2013   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 10, 2013.

Led by Lama Dechi, the KTC Sangha will be participating in 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 10 (Friday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 16 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 18 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 18 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 20 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 22  (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by April 10, 2013.

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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Study Group on The Path to Buddhahood by Ringu Tulku (Tue, May 28, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Path to Buddahood by Ringu Tulku is a concise and friendly guide to the most comprehensive handbook of Buddhist practice in our lineage, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation written by the twelfth-century teacher Gampopa.  The text, available at the KTC bookstore, will be taught by graduates of the Three-year retreat.  Anyone is welcome to join at any time without attending previous sessions and there is no charge for participating.  This group meets in the KTC library in the main monastery building.  If you have any questions, please email Lama Chodron at chodron.mailbox@kagyu.com.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sitting Meditation (Wed, May 29, 2013 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

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