The Importance of Dharma Friends and Group Practice

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Lama Zopa

Dear Dharma Friends,

I would like to encourage all KTC members to come to our weekly pujas,
practices, and teachings: Chenrezik at 9:00 on Sunday and meditation at
10:00, Chenrezik or Short Green Tara on Tuesday evenings at 7:00. Having
Dharma friends and engaging in study and practice is one of the main
reasons we keep the Albany KTC open. If we could practice Dharma correctly
on our own without the support of lamas, Dharma friends, and pujas, we
would have no need of a Dharma center at all. However we cannot practice
Dharma properly on our own until we develop deep experience and
realization. As Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, the senior tutor to the Gyalwang
Karmapa, asserts:

It is excellent to know what the genuine Dharma is. However, if one does
not meditate, the ultimate result will not be obtained, so practice is very
important. Further, rather than practicing alone in a solitary place, it is
better to practice in a group. Shiwa Repa said, “The basis of virtuous
activity is compatible Dharma friends.” Through the encouragement of lamas
and friends who truly follow the Dharma, faith and diligence will increase
and laziness and discouragement be reversed.

So please join us at KTC for teaching and practice in a supportive
environment blessed by great Kagyu lamas.

Yours in Dharma,

Lama Zopa

*We should not be satisfied just by merely knowing some teaching,*
*We should be satisfied when we put it into practice.*

-The Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje