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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Daily Morning Services (Wed, Jan 01, 2020 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 Services (Wed, Jan 01, 2020 6:00 am - 7:30 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 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)

Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony (Wed, Jan 01, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

The KTC Sangha will be chanting practices for averting obstacles, sickness, war, and disasters, bringing all auspicious conditions for the coming year.  The dates are listed below.  To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

January 1, Wednesday (10:00 am| Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony
Sang is a special morning purification fire ceremony. It is an offering to all worldly gods and the 4 guests: Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. This practice pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness. It also creates merit and concludes the year-end chanting by purifying any remaining obstacles.

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.

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 (Wed, Jan 01, 2020 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, Jan 01, 2020 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, January 02, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jan 02, 2020 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, January 03, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jan 03, 2020 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, January 04, 2020

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Jan 04, 2020 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, Jan 04, 2020 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, Jan 04, 2020 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, January 05, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Jan 05, 2020 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, January 06, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Jan 06, 2020 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, Jan 06, 2020 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, January 07, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Jan 07, 2020 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, Jan 07, 2020 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, January 08, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Jan 08, 2020 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, Jan 08, 2020 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, January 09, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jan 09, 2020 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, January 10, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jan 10, 2020 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, January 11, 2020

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Jan 11, 2020 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, Jan 11, 2020 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, Jan 11, 2020 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, January 12, 2020

Prayers for Australia on Fire (Sun, Jan 12, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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Please join us in lighting butter lamps and making prayers for all the lives that have been lost or harmed due to the raging fires in Australia.

We will chant prayers to Guru Rinpoche and Green Tara, and make aspiration prayers that the four elements come into balance, and that sentient beings experience peace, well-being, and prosperity.

Chanting texts include English and Chinese translation.

 

Event begins at 10:00 am. 

 

If you’d like to make donations to help the victims of the Australia wildfires, click here.

 

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or 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, Jan 12, 2020 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, January 13, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Jan 13, 2020 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, Jan 13, 2020 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, January 14, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Jan 14, 2020 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, Jan 14, 2020 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, January 15, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Jan 15, 2020 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, Jan 15, 2020 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, January 16, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jan 16, 2020 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, January 17, 2020

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Fri, Jan 17, 2020 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, Jan 17, 2020 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 (Fri, Jan 17, 2020 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, January 18, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Jan 18, 2020 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, January 19, 2020

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting - CANCELLED (Sun, Jan 19, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

JamgonKongtrulLodroThaye croppedLama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the KTC sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.  A combination of profound meditation instruction and plain-spoken reminders about the way we can delude ourselves on the path, this melodiously sung devotional prayer is an inspiration for practitioners of all levels.

 

English and Chinese texts available.

 

10:00 am | Teaching of Calling the Lama from Afar
11:00 am | Chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar

 

 

 

Click here to download English text of Calling the Lama from Afar.

  

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or 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, Jan 19, 2020 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, January 20, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Jan 20, 2020 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, Jan 20, 2020 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, January 21, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Jan 21, 2020 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, Jan 21, 2020 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, January 22, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Jan 22, 2020 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, Jan 22, 2020 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, January 23, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jan 23, 2020 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, January 24, 2020

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Fri, Jan 24, 2020 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, Jan 24, 2020 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 (Fri, Jan 24, 2020 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, January 25, 2020

Celebration of Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Iron Rat (All day)

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Please join us as we welcome the Year of the Iron Rat!  

 

The schedule as follows:

9:20 - 9:50 am | Lighting of Butterlamps

10:00 am  | Chanting of Tsedrup (for longevity), Yang Guk (for wealth and prosperity), short Kunchok Chidu and Marme Monlam (the lamp aspiration prayer)

11:20 am | Offering of Katas (white offering scarves) and receiving of blessings and 'Lucky Money' from the Lamas.  Lama Tsering and Lama Norgyal will give a short talk

This will be followed by an offered vegetarian lunch. (If you would like to join us for lunch, kindly RSVP by email)

 

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.

 

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Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Jan 25, 2020 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, January 26, 2020

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting (Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

JamgonKongtrulLodroThaye croppedLama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the KTC sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.  A combination of profound meditation instruction and plain-spoken reminders about the way we can delude ourselves on the path, this melodiously sung devotional prayer is an inspiration for practitioners of all levels.

 

English and Chinese texts available.

 

10:00 am | Teaching of Calling the Lama from Afar
11:00 am | Chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar

 

 

 

Click here to download English text of Calling the Lama from Afar.

  

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or 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, Jan 26, 2020 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, January 27, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Mon, Jan 27, 2020 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, Jan 27, 2020 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, January 28, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Tue, Jan 28, 2020 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, Jan 28, 2020 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, January 29, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Wed, Jan 29, 2020 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, Jan 29, 2020 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, January 30, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Jan 30, 2020 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, January 31, 2020

Daily Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Jan 31, 2020 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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