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Welcome to Albany KTC

Albany Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) is a Buddhist study and meditation center providing authentic teachings and practices of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje; head of the 900 year old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world.

This Month at Albany KTC

Schedule for March 2015

Regular Schedule
Sunday: 9 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7:00 PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second, Fourth Tuesdays 7 Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls. The Confession of Downfalls is a new change to our regular schedule. It is considered to be very important to chant this sutra regularly in order to purify infractions of the lay and bodhisattva vows.

Thursday 6:30 PM: Dakpo Targyen Members Class, beginning March 5th.

Highlights for March 2015

Special Events:
On Tuesday, March 3rd and on Tuesday, March 31st, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is a feast offering to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. If you can, bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, fruit, candy, nuts, juice, or soda.
On Saturday, March 7th, at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, we will do the Long Green Tara practice. In the afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM, Lama Zopa will give a special Ngondro teaching for those who are currently practicing Ngondro.
On the weekend of March 13-15, 2015, we will present a live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD on Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat. The teaching will begin on Friday March 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Saturday March 14, at 10:30AM to noon and 3:30 to 5 PM. Sunday, from 10:30 AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4 PM. A $5 donation per session is suggested.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:
March 1: Video: Tai Situ Rinpoche on Pilgrimage for Active Peace

March 8: Teaching by Lama Zopa: Interdependence (rescheduled from snow day on Feb. 8)

March 15: Continuation of webcast Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat.

March 22: Teaching by Laura Roth, explaining the basic prayers, 4 Immeasurables, Dedication of Merit, Refuge prayer, etc.

March 29: Teaching by Lama Zopa: On the Importance and Benefits of Ngondro (open to all).

Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of March 15-22

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 3/17 at 7 PM Recitation of the Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinoche. 
After the practice we will be showing a live webcast teaching from Stanford University by H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa. Gyalwang Karmapa.  The talk is on “Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment”.    All are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of this great opportunity to see, hear and learn from His Holiness
Thursday 3/19 6:30 PM Dakpo Targyen class.
Sunday 3/22 
  • 9 – 10 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
  • 10 – 11 AM Shamata (tranquility) meditation and Tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:15 Teaching by Laura Roth explaining the word meaning and importance of the basic prayers of 
    • Refuge
    • 4 Immeasurables
    • Dedication of Merit etc.
Wishing you a blessed week ahead.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Whatever joy there is in this world 
All comes from desiring others to be happy, 
Whatever suffering there is in this world, 
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.


Albany KTC News

Last Month

On Thursday, February 19, we had a wonderful Losar, Tibetan New Year celebration for the Wood Sheep Year. Khenpo Tenkyong came for his first visit to our center along with a number of people from our KTD family.

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