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Friday, November 16, 2018

Monday, October 01, 2018

Daily Morning Services (Mon, Oct 01, 2018 6:00 am - 8:00 am)

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

 

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

(Free of charge)

Daily Evening Service (Mon, Oct 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)

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

 

(Free of charge)

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Oct 01, 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, October 02, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Oct 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 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, Oct 02, 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, October 03, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Oct 03, 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, October 04, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Oct 04, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, October 05, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Oct 05, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Oct 06, 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, Oct 06, 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 (Sat, Oct 06, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Annual 5K Run/Walk for Global Peace (Sun, Oct 07, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

5K 2018 web

 

Join us for our annual fundraising event benefiting the Maitreya Center, a sacred space in the Tibetan tradition dedicated to the study and practice of meditation as a path to compassion, unity, and peace. Bring your family, friends and pets!  

Sunday October 7, 2018 at 11:00am

Race Day Registration: 10:00AM, Race Starts: 11:00AM (Rain, Shine or Snow)
Pavilion #1 at Bowdoin Park,
85 Sheafe Road,
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

 

This is a nationally recognized 5K course. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE OR TO SPONSOR AN ATHLETE

  • Online Registration Fee: ADULT - $20 / KID’S Dash - $10 (plus $2.35 service fee)
  • Fee to Register On Site the day of the race (8:00am  - 9:00 am):  ADULT- $25 / KID’S Dash - $15  

For Donations only:

  • To make a donation online click here. 
  • To make a donation by check, please make check payable to KTC, note check memo “5K Run”.  Mail to KTC, 245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

For further questions, contact: 5KRUNWALKMC@gmail.com

 

Click here for more information on the Maitreya Center.

  

See you out there on the course!

 

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

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, October 08, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Oct 08, 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, October 09, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Oct 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 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, Oct 09, 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, October 10, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Oct 10, 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, October 11, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Oct 11, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Oct 12, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Oct 13, 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, Oct 13, 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 (Sat, Oct 13, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, October 15, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Oct 15, 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, October 16, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Oct 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 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, Oct 16, 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, October 17, 2018

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

 

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Oct 17, 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, October 18, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Thu, Oct 18, 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, Oct 18, 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, Oct 18, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Oct 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche - Shangpa Teachings and Empowerments (Sat, Oct 20, 2018 9:30 am - Mon, Oct 22, 2018 9:00 pm)

KaluKyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born in 1990 in Darjeeling, India. Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa officially recognized him as Kalu Rinpoche’s young reincarnation on March 25, 1992, saying that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche himself. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was then consulted and confirmed that the child, then one and a half years old, was surely and unmistakably the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche.

 

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche received the complete Empowerments of the Shangpa Kaygu Lineage from the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. Thereafter he entered into the traditional Shangpa Kagyu Retreat at Bokar Monastery. In September of 2008 the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche completed his first three-year retreat.

 

 

Chinese translation will be provided. 

 

October 20 (Saturday)

 

9:30 am | Teaching on Meditation Part 1 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche
1:30 pm | Consecration of White Tara Statue
3:00 pm | Teaching on Meditation Part 2 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

 

Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend. 

 

October 21 (Sunday)

 

9:30 am | Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History
This teaching will provide background for the Four Deities empowerment; attendance is required for receiving the empowerment.
1
:30 pm | Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

The 'Combined Practice of the Four Deities' is a guru yoga from the Shangpa tradition that includes Mahakala, Vajrayogini, Chenrezig and Tara in one practice.

To attend this empowerment:

  • Refuge is required - Refuge will be given each day. Please inform registration if you need to take refuge.
  • Attendance at this morning's teaching 'Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History' is required.

3:00 pm | Teaching on the Meaning and the Practice of the Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

 


Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend.

 

October 22 (Monday)

 

7:30 pm | Finding Balance in a Chaotic World
Buddhist meditations to develop peace and compassion

No charge; donations accepted 

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Oct 20, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche - Shangpa Teachings and Empowerments (Sat, Oct 20, 2018 9:30 am - Mon, Oct 22, 2018 9:00 pm)

KaluKyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born in 1990 in Darjeeling, India. Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa officially recognized him as Kalu Rinpoche’s young reincarnation on March 25, 1992, saying that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche himself. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was then consulted and confirmed that the child, then one and a half years old, was surely and unmistakably the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche.

 

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche received the complete Empowerments of the Shangpa Kaygu Lineage from the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. Thereafter he entered into the traditional Shangpa Kagyu Retreat at Bokar Monastery. In September of 2008 the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche completed his first three-year retreat.

 

 

Chinese translation will be provided. 

 

October 20 (Saturday)

 

9:30 am | Teaching on Meditation Part 1 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche
1:30 pm | Consecration of White Tara Statue
3:00 pm | Teaching on Meditation Part 2 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

 

Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend. 

 

October 21 (Sunday)

 

9:30 am | Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History
This teaching will provide background for the Four Deities empowerment; attendance is required for receiving the empowerment.
1
:30 pm | Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

The 'Combined Practice of the Four Deities' is a guru yoga from the Shangpa tradition that includes Mahakala, Vajrayogini, Chenrezig and Tara in one practice.

To attend this empowerment:

  • Refuge is required - Refuge will be given each day. Please inform registration if you need to take refuge.
  • Attendance at this morning's teaching 'Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History' is required.

3:00 pm | Teaching on the Meaning and the Practice of the Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

 


Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend.

 

October 22 (Monday)

 

7:30 pm | Finding Balance in a Chaotic World
Buddhist meditations to develop peace and compassion

No charge; donations accepted 

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

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

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche - Shangpa Teachings and Empowerments (Sat, Oct 20, 2018 9:30 am - Mon, Oct 22, 2018 9:00 pm)

KaluKyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born in 1990 in Darjeeling, India. Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa officially recognized him as Kalu Rinpoche’s young reincarnation on March 25, 1992, saying that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche himself. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was then consulted and confirmed that the child, then one and a half years old, was surely and unmistakably the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche.

 

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche received the complete Empowerments of the Shangpa Kaygu Lineage from the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. Thereafter he entered into the traditional Shangpa Kagyu Retreat at Bokar Monastery. In September of 2008 the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche completed his first three-year retreat.

 

 

Chinese translation will be provided. 

 

October 20 (Saturday)

 

9:30 am | Teaching on Meditation Part 1 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche
1:30 pm | Consecration of White Tara Statue
3:00 pm | Teaching on Meditation Part 2 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

 

Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend. 

 

October 21 (Sunday)

 

9:30 am | Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History
This teaching will provide background for the Four Deities empowerment; attendance is required for receiving the empowerment.
1
:30 pm | Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

The 'Combined Practice of the Four Deities' is a guru yoga from the Shangpa tradition that includes Mahakala, Vajrayogini, Chenrezig and Tara in one practice.

To attend this empowerment:

  • Refuge is required - Refuge will be given each day. Please inform registration if you need to take refuge.
  • Attendance at this morning's teaching 'Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History' is required.

3:00 pm | Teaching on the Meaning and the Practice of the Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)

 


Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

For ease of check in you can pre-pay and register online to select the sessions you’d like to attend.

 

October 22 (Monday)

 

7:30 pm | Finding Balance in a Chaotic World
Buddhist meditations to develop peace and compassion

No charge; donations accepted 

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

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

 

(Free of charge)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Oct 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 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, Oct 23, 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, October 24, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Oct 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)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Oct 24, 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, October 25, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Oct 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)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Oct 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)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Oct 27, 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, Oct 27, 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 (Sat, Oct 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)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Sun, Oct 28, 2018 5:30 am - Thu, Nov 01, 2018 6:00 am)

October 28 - November 1, 2018  (Sunday - Thursday)

 

1000armChenrezigResizedOctober 31 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

 

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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1  Begins October 28 (Sunday) at 5:30 am.  Ends October 30 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2  Begins October 30 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends November 1 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

 

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.  

 

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

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

  

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Oct 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)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Sun, Oct 28, 2018 5:30 am - Thu, Nov 01, 2018 6:00 am)

October 28 - November 1, 2018  (Sunday - Thursday)

 

1000armChenrezigResizedOctober 31 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

 

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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1  Begins October 28 (Sunday) at 5:30 am.  Ends October 30 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2  Begins October 30 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends November 1 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

 

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.  

 

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

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

  

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Oct 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)

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Oct 29, 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, October 30, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Sun, Oct 28, 2018 5:30 am - Thu, Nov 01, 2018 6:00 am)

October 28 - November 1, 2018  (Sunday - Thursday)

 

1000armChenrezigResizedOctober 31 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

 

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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1  Begins October 28 (Sunday) at 5:30 am.  Ends October 30 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2  Begins October 30 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends November 1 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

 

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.  

 

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

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

  

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Oct 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)

Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (Tue, Oct 30, 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, October 31, 2018

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (Sun, Oct 28, 2018 5:30 am - Thu, Nov 01, 2018 6:00 am)

October 28 - November 1, 2018  (Sunday - Thursday)

 

1000armChenrezigResizedOctober 31 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

 

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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1  Begins October 28 (Sunday) at 5:30 am.  Ends October 30 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2  Begins October 30 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends November 1 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

 

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.  

 

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

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

  

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Oct 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

This practice session takes place in the main house (yellow house) upstairs shrine room.

 

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Oct 31, 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)

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