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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

Highlights for October 2015

Regular Schedule:

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

     10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

     11:15AM Teaching or other program

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

     Second and Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice,     and Confession of Downfalls

Special Events:

On Saturday, October 3rd, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Tuesday, October 13th, at 7PM, we will welcome Karma Choephel, translator for the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, to give a talk on The Heart Sutra.

On Tuesday, October 20th, we will hold 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 at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as cheese, crackers, nuts, cookies, fruit, chips, juice, tea, or soda.

On Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, we will welcome Lama Kathy Wesley back. She will give a public talk at 7PM on Friday, Making Life a Spiritual Journey. On Saturday, Lama Kathy will give a one-day teaching, Aspiration and Inspiration: Deepening Dharma Practice, from 10:30AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4PM.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:

Oct. 4th: Lama Zopa will teach: Chenrezig: Cultivating the Heart of Compassion.

Oct. 11th: Lama Zopa will teach: Four Immeasurables and Tonglen.

Oct. 18th: Book discussion: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo. Chap. 6: Six Perfections.

Oct. 25th: Video of 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, teaching in Germany on Chenrezig.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Oct. 6th: Chenrezig and Amitabha

Oct. 13th: Karma Choephel teaching on Heart Sutra.

Oct. 20th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice.

Oct. 27th: Short Green Tara, Confession of Downfalls, 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche.

Please Note: a $5 donation by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

This Week at Albany KTC

Week of Sept 28 – Oct 4

Dear Dharma Friends, here is this week’s schedule:

Tuesday 9/29 at 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Guru Rinpoche Prayer
Saturday 10/3 at 9:30 AM Long Green Tara sadhana.  Green Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas, is known and revered for her swift response to those who call upon her in time of need.  Please DO NOT eat meat beforehand. 
Sunday 10/4 
  • 9 AM – 10 Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas and the Seven Line Guru Rinpoche Prayer
  • 10 – 11 Shamata (tranquility) meditation, walking meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:15  Lama Zopa will teach on “Chenrezig: Cultivating the Heart of Compassion”
Wishing everyone a blessed and happy week.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
A stream of nectar flows down from her body,
and enters through my own crown, 
and the crowns of all the beings under her protection, 
filling up our bodies with her blessings.
-from the Long Green Tara Sadhana

Albany KTC News

A Special Event in October:

We are delighted to welcome David Karma Choephel to Albany KTC for the first time. He will give a teaching on the Heart Sutra on Tuesday October 13 at 7-9 PM.  The Heart Sutra is one of the most profound but least understood teachings in Buddhism. A translator and a monk, David Karma Choephel will bring to this teaching a depth of understanding from working with the most eminent masters of the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition.

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