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Friday, June 01, 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

 

Daily Morning Services (Fri, Jun 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)

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Fri, Jun 01, 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) (Fri, Jun 01, 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)

Daily Evening Service (Fri, Jun 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)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jun 01, 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, June 02, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Jun 02, 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, June 03, 2018

Krishna Das - Yogini Benefit Concert (Sun, Jun 03, 2018 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

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Join us for an evening of devotional music in the beautiful Maitreya Center. Proceeds will support women practicing in the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat at KTC Monastery. The cloistered retreat creates a unique environment for devoting all the energies of body, speech and mind to the transformative meditation practices of the Vajrayana, with the intention to free all sentient beings from suffering.

 

The women in the current retreat have completed almost a year and a half, and are in need of funds to cover the cost of the full retreat. They are a strong and determined group of meditators who aspire to pervade the world with compassion.

 

3:00 -5:30pm | Yogini Benefit Concert

 

Ticket price: advance $40 plus ticketing fee/$50 cash at the door.

For information and tickets:

Telephone: (845) 505-0788
To email, click here
For tickets, click here

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details.

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Jun 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)

Monday, June 04, 2018

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Jun 04, 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. This class is held in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.



(Free of charge)

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The 9th North American Kagyu Monlam (Wed, Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am - Sun, Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm)

*Please note that this event will NOT be held at KTC. The event venue has changed from Woodside, NY to York College from June 6 to June 9, 2018. The venue on June 10th is to be confirmed.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets:  718-888-0601, or 646-641-0961
Email: info@danangfoundation.com

 

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Sitting Meditation (Wed, Jun 06, 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The 9th North American Kagyu Monlam (Wed, Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am - Sun, Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm)

*Please note that this event will NOT be held at KTC. The event venue has changed from Woodside, NY to York College from June 6 to June 9, 2018. The venue on June 10th is to be confirmed.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets:  718-888-0601, or 646-641-0961
Email: info@danangfoundation.com

 

updated2018NAKM poster

 

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jun 07, 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, June 08, 2018

The 9th North American Kagyu Monlam (Wed, Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am - Sun, Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm)

*Please note that this event will NOT be held at KTC. The event venue has changed from Woodside, NY to York College from June 6 to June 9, 2018. The venue on June 10th is to be confirmed.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets:  718-888-0601, or 646-641-0961
Email: info@danangfoundation.com

 

updated2018NAKM poster

 

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jun 08, 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, June 09, 2018

The 9th North American Kagyu Monlam (Wed, Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am - Sun, Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm)

*Please note that this event will NOT be held at KTC. The event venue has changed from Woodside, NY to York College from June 6 to June 9, 2018. The venue on June 10th is to be confirmed.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets:  718-888-0601, or 646-641-0961
Email: info@danangfoundation.com

 

updated2018NAKM poster

 

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Jun 09, 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, June 10, 2018

The 9th North American Kagyu Monlam (Wed, Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am - Sun, Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm)

*Please note that this event will NOT be held at KTC. The event venue has changed from Woodside, NY to York College from June 6 to June 9, 2018. The venue on June 10th is to be confirmed.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets:  718-888-0601, or 646-641-0961
Email: info@danangfoundation.com

 

updated2018NAKM poster

 

 

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Jun 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)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lama Karma Phuntsok Teaches Monday Night Meditation Class (Mon, Jun 11, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

LamaPhuntsokTeaching resizedLama Karma Phuntsok will be leading the 'Introduction to Buddhist Meditation' class this Monday evening.  Teachings include foundational Buddhist thought along with meditation instructions, which are 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. The class is free of charge. 

 

Lama Karma Phuntsok was born in Sikkim, India, in 1970.  When he was nine years old he entered Sherab Ling Monastery under the direction of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, and received the teachings and empowerments of the entire Kagyu tradition.  He entered a three-year retreat in 1989, along with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was later recognized by Situ Rinpoche for his special talent in art and calligraphy.  After completing his monastic training, Lama Phuntsok was sent to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and San Francisco to assist with dharma activities, eventually coming to Gampo Abbey in Canada to assist with the three-year retreat and monastic rituals and practices.  He was later sent to the Toronto area to establish Palpung Yeshe Chokor, a dharma center under the direction of Situ Rinpoche, and is currently one of two resident lamas serving the community there.  

 

7:30-8:30pm | Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Jun 11, 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. This class is held in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Tue, Jun 12, 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) (Tue, Jun 12, 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)

Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (Tue, Jun 12, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva; a classic text in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism that remains vividly applicable to life in the 21st-century West. It was written by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, a humble 14th-century monk, as a reminder to himself of his aspirations for traveling the path of a bodhisattva and using everything that happened to him as a basis for awakening. How can a 14th-century Tibetan text be relevant to the very different lives we lead now? Because we still face the same basic human situations Togme Zangpo did in his day, and have the same emotional reactions that keep us cycling in samsara. Thus, Togme Zangpo's advice remains as relevant today as when it was first composed.

 

We will be using two main books - Traveling the Path of Compassion by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse - as well as a supplementary book - Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod.

 

All three 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, downstairs dining room.

 

(Free of charge)

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Jun 13, 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jun 14, 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, June 15, 2018

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jun 15, 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, June 16, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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, June 17, 2018

Commemoration of Father's Day (Sun, Jun 17, 2018 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

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Please join us in honoring all fathers through chanting the short practice of Chenrezig, the deity who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, followed by recitation of Guru Rinpoche's Seven Line Prayer.  The merit accumulated through participating in these inspiring practices will be dedicated to the countless beings who have been our fathers since beginningless time. 

 

 

Chanting texts will be available with English and Chinese transliteration and translation, and will be chanted at a comfortable pace. 

 

1:30 pm | Chanting of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche's Seven Line Prayer


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, Jun 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)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Jun 18, 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. This class is held in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (Tue, Jun 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva; a classic text in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism that remains vividly applicable to life in the 21st-century West. It was written by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, a humble 14th-century monk, as a reminder to himself of his aspirations for traveling the path of a bodhisattva and using everything that happened to him as a basis for awakening. How can a 14th-century Tibetan text be relevant to the very different lives we lead now? Because we still face the same basic human situations Togme Zangpo did in his day, and have the same emotional reactions that keep us cycling in samsara. Thus, Togme Zangpo's advice remains as relevant today as when it was first composed.

 

We will be using two main books - Traveling the Path of Compassion by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse - as well as a supplementary book - Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod.

 

All three 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, downstairs dining room.

 

(Free of charge)

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Jun 20, 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gya Shi, "The Practice of the Four Hundred Offerings" (Thu, Jun 21, 2018 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Gya Shi is a practice involving four hundred offerings which is done as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).  The four hundred offerings are described in the practice text below:

 

Shakyamuni Buddha (1)

Namo!
The vast offerings of Gya Shi are dedicated to the accumulation of merit and wisdom.
Through the blessings of offering 100 tsa-tsa, may all beings engage in the 10 virtues and give up the 10 non-virtues.
Through the merit of offering 100 butterlamps, may all beings clear away the darkness of ignorance so that the 5 wisdoms may be realized.
Through the merit of offering 100 tormas, may all beings be free from famine.
Through the merit of offering 100 chambu (effigies), may all beings purify all karmic debt which makes harmful hindrances.
Though the blessing of reciting the profound sutras, may all beings always turn the wheel of dharma. Through the roots of virtue of offering 400, may myself and all patrons and their loved ones repay all karmic debts. May we perfect the two accumulations and attain the precious level of unsurpassable enlightenment.

 

Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am; chanting begins at 1:30 pm.

There are many ways to participate in these auspicious activities.
During all of these dates, 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.

 

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced. 


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.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jun 21, 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, June 22, 2018

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

PrajnaParamitaResizedSherab 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; chanting begins at 10:00 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.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jun 22, 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, June 23, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Jun 23, 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, Jun 23, 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, Jun 23, 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, June 24, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Jun 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Jun 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Jun 25, 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. This class is held in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Jun 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (Tue, Jun 26, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva; a classic text in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism that remains vividly applicable to life in the 21st-century West. It was written by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, a humble 14th-century monk, as a reminder to himself of his aspirations for traveling the path of a bodhisattva and using everything that happened to him as a basis for awakening. How can a 14th-century Tibetan text be relevant to the very different lives we lead now? Because we still face the same basic human situations Togme Zangpo did in his day, and have the same emotional reactions that keep us cycling in samsara. Thus, Togme Zangpo's advice remains as relevant today as when it was first composed.

 

We will be using two main books - Traveling the Path of Compassion by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse - as well as a supplementary book - Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod.

 

All three 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, downstairs dining room.

 

(Free of charge)

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Jun 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Jun 27, 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. This practice session takes place in the Maitreya Center, Mahayana shrine room.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Thu, Jun 28, 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) (Thu, Jun 28, 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)

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jun 28, 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Drolma Yuldok, a 3-Day Practice Based on the 21 Taras (Fri, Jun 29, 2018 3:00 pm - Sun, Jul 01, 2018 5:00 pm)

June 29 - July 1, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

21Tara resizedThe Sangha of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery will perform the three-day practice based on the 21 Taras known as 'Drolma Yuldok'  to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions.  The central content of the chanting is the 21 Praises of Tara repeated with various offerings and prayers. 

Friday - Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am; chanting will begin after lunch
Saturday & Sunday: Chanting begins at 9:00 am

There are many ways to participate in this auspicious activity. The shrine room is open to the public and everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Transliterated and translated versions of the text will be available to guests.  It is also very beneficial to recite the mantra of Tara in the shrine room on one's own while the ceremony is being performed.  Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, you may sponsor prayers, tea offerings, and meals, as well as make general donations to the ceremony. Prayer requests will be read aloud to the assembly. You may wish to bring small trinkets, candies and cookies to add to the Tara mandala in order to create an auspicious connection with the practice and its vast benefits.

 

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 Chöling. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (Visa or MasterCard only), along with expiration date and signature, to (845)297-5761. Be sure to include a prayer request with your donation.

 

For your protection, please do not email your credit card number. 

 

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.


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

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jun 29, 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Drolma Yuldok, a 3-Day Practice Based on the 21 Taras (Fri, Jun 29, 2018 3:00 pm - Sun, Jul 01, 2018 5:00 pm)

June 29 - July 1, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

21Tara resizedThe Sangha of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery will perform the three-day practice based on the 21 Taras known as 'Drolma Yuldok'  to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions.  The central content of the chanting is the 21 Praises of Tara repeated with various offerings and prayers. 

Friday - Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am; chanting will begin after lunch
Saturday & Sunday: Chanting begins at 9:00 am

There are many ways to participate in this auspicious activity. The shrine room is open to the public and everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Transliterated and translated versions of the text will be available to guests.  It is also very beneficial to recite the mantra of Tara in the shrine room on one's own while the ceremony is being performed.  Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, you may sponsor prayers, tea offerings, and meals, as well as make general donations to the ceremony. Prayer requests will be read aloud to the assembly. You may wish to bring small trinkets, candies and cookies to add to the Tara mandala in order to create an auspicious connection with the practice and its vast benefits.

 

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 Chöling. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (Visa or MasterCard only), along with expiration date and signature, to (845)297-5761. Be sure to include a prayer request with your donation.

 

For your protection, please do not email your credit card number. 

 

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.


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

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Jun 30, 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 session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

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