Albany Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) is a Buddhist study and meditation center providing authentic teachings and practices of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
We have a weekly schedule of meditation practices and Dharma teachings.
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.
We offer free instruction in basic Buddhist meditation practice each Sunday morning.
Each week Albany KTC offers Buddhist teachings and practices such as Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion; Buddha Amitabha; Green Tara; and Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha of Uddiyana.
We also provide free instruction in basic meditation practice.
The weekly teachings are teachings by Lama Zopa, teachings by visiting Lamas or other instructional programs.
9:00 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
10:00 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)
11:15 AM Teaching or other program
First, Third and Fifth Tuesdays: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and Short Green Tara Practice
On Sunday September 28 we will begin a course on Introduction to Buddhism. This is a great chance to learn about Buddhism. The course will have 8 sessions on Sunday mornings after meditation. The first four classes will be on September 28 through October 19, and the second four classes will be on November 16 through December 7. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series if possible. A donation of $5 per class is appreciated (members free). More details will be in a forthcoming flyer.
On Thursday October 2 we will begin a Study Groupon the book The Heart is Noble, by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The study group will meet on Thursday evenings at 7. Copies are available at the center for $15.
On Tuesday October 7 at 7 PM, we will have a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Preparation is at6:30 PM. All are welcome. If you can, bring a vegetarian snack or drink.Possible things to bring are cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, fruit, candy, nuts, juice, and soda.
Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:
Sept 28: Introduction to Buddhism: The Three Jewels—The Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community
Oct 5: Introduction to Buddhism: The Life of the Buddh
Oct 12: Introduction to Buddhism: The Three Vehicles—Different paths within Buddhism
Oct 19: Introduction to Buddhism: The Importance of Lineage
Oct 26: Video Teaching by the Karmapa: Mahamudra, Part 1.
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Dear Dharma Friends,
On Tuesday 10/14 at 7 PM we will recite the Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche.
- 9 AM - 10 chanting the Chenrerzig and Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Prayer
- 10 -11 we will do shamata (tranquility) meditation and ton glen (sending and receiving)
- 11-12 Continuation of our Intro to Buddhism course. This week’s topic is “The Importance of Lineage”.
On Oct 31-Nov 2, we will present a live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD: The Six Perfections and the Path of a Bodhisattva. Beginners as well as longtime practitioners will find this teaching to be inspiring and meaningful. You may attend any or all of the sessions. Participants may submit questions after morning sessions to be answered in the afternoon sessions. Meditation instruction will be available during the meditation periods. A donation of $5 per session is suggested.
Friday, Oct 31: 7-9 PM Teaching;
Saturday, Nov 1: 10 AM Meditation, 10:30-12 AM Teaching; 3 PM Meditation, 3:30-5 PM Q&A
Sunday, Nov 2: 10 AM Meditation, 10:30-12 AM Teaching; 2 PM Meditation, 2:30-4 PM Q&A