Ongoing Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

Kagyu Thubten Chöling hosts an ongoing program of classes and events.

(Free of charge)

Daily Services

You are welcome to join us for all or part of our morning and 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.

Daily 6:00-8:00am | Morning Tsokpa
Includes Tara and Medicine Buddha.

Daily 4:00-5:30pm | Evening Tsokpa
Mahakala Protector practice

Saturday Mornings (Day subject to change: call 845-297-2500 to confirm)

6:30am | Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö)
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.

10:00am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro)
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.

KTC Weeknight Activities

All our regular weeknight activities and classes meet from 7:30-8:30pm and are open to the public and free of charge. Donations in the lobby donation boxes are always appreciated toward the upkeep of KTC and the construction of the Maitreya Center.

Monday Evenings

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

Tuesday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening 

Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both 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. 

Wednesday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Sitting Meditation
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.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Chenrezig Chanting Practice
Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

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

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.


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