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Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

In addition to special events, Kagyu Thubten Chöling also hosts an ongoing program of classes and events.

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

November 16 - 20, 2019  (Saturday - Wednesday)  

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is November 1, 2019.

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November 19 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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:
Set 1   Begins Nov 16 (Saturday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 18 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 18 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 20 (Wednesday) 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 5:00 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 dechi@kagyu.com or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by November 1, 2019.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations. Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $85/ Non-Members   $65/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $105 /Non-Members   $85 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $130 /Non-Members   $105 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $135 /Non-Members   $125 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $155 /Non-Members   $135 /Member

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

 

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

November 24, 2019 (Sunday)  

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Lama 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 on 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.

 

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

December 8, 2019 (Sunday)  

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Lama 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 on 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.

 

Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

December 5 - 16, 2019  

We invite you to join the KTC Sangha for a variety of chanting events to dispel obstacles and bring about auspicious conditions.  The dates are listed below.  To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

December 5Thursday (1:30 pm) | Gya Shi, "The Practice of the Four Hundred Offerings"
Gya Shi is a practice involving four hundred offerings which is done as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).  The four hundred offerings are described in the practice text below:

Shakyamuni Buddha (1)

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

Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am.

  

December 6, Friday (10:00 am) | Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra

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Sherab Nyingpo is an obstacle averting practice that dispels unfavorable circumstances and prompts good conditions. The Heart Sutra is recited repeatedly as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death). The practice invokes the blessings of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas.


Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am.

 

 

 

December 13 - 15, Friday - Sunday | Drolma Yuldok, a practice based on the 21 Taras

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This is a three-day practice to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions. Transliterated and translated versions of the text will be available to guests. It is also very beneficial to recite the mantra of Tara in the shrine room on one's own while the ceremony is being performed. You may wish to bring small trinkets, candies and cookies to add to the Tara mandala in order to create an auspicious connection with the practice and its vast benefits.


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

 

 

 

December 15, Sunday (following Drolma Yuldok chanting) | Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.

December 16, Monday (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.

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

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required 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.