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Week of November20-26, 2017

Posted on November 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 11/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
 
Sunday 11/26
  • 9 – 9:45 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen to develop love and compassion for others.
  • 11- noon video teaching by the 17th Karmapa How to Apply Ancient Wisdom to Modern Times
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

May all beings (including turkeys) be safe and happy!

 
 
It is primarily the outer natural world – the plants, forests 
and all the other things made up of the four elements 
that supports our lives, makes is possible for us to breathe, 
give us good health, and so forth.  They sustain us.  
We should be grateful to them.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
 
 
Mantra is endowed with the capacity to purify our mind 
from the veils that obscure it.
Mantra opens the mind to love and compassion 
and leads it to awakening.
 
Bokar Rinpoche, Chenrezig Lord of Love
 

 

Week of November 13-19, 2017

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 11/14  7 PM     Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
 
Green Tara is the female Buddha who protects from all fear and danger.  She is universally practiced throughout all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.  In this liturgy we invoke her presence and call upon her help.
 
The Confession of Downfalls is the principal Mahayana method of of  purifying and removing the effects of past negative karma. In this liturgy we call upon the thirty five Buddhas from the Sutra in Three Sections.
 
Sunday 11/19
  • 9 AM – 9:45    Chenrezig sadhana.  

Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and is revered in all Mahayana Buddhist lineages.  We meditate on Chenrezig and recite his six syllable mantra so that we can develop love, compassion and wisdom in order to help all living beings.

  • 10- 10:45 shamata (peace) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation

We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen to develop love and compassion for others.

  • 11 – noon Lama Zopa teaching “Vegetarianism and Active Compassion for Animals in the Buddhist Tradition” 
We hope you can join us for one or more of our programs.  Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
 
May all beings be happy!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Mantra is endowed with the capacity to purify our mind 
from the veils that obscure it.  
Mantra opens the mind to love and compassion 
and leads it to awakening.
 
 Bokar RinpocheChenrezig Lord of Love
Week of November 6-13, 2017

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 11/07 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 11/11/ 10 AM Ngondro practice for those currently doing the practice or in need of some inspiration to get going again!
 
Sunday 11/12
  • 9 AM – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (peace) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 Book study Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje,  Chapter 1,  “Our Interdependent World”.  I hope you can join us as we begin reading and discussing this new book together.
Wishing you a joyful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
MaryAnn Duncan
 
Because of interdependence, our actions affect others inevitably 
and can either contribute to their well-being or impact them adversely. 
As we pursue our own happiness we have a responsibility
 to consider the impact of our actions on others’ welfare.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
Week of October 30-November 5

Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/31 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual featuring chanting prayers and making food offerings.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Kindly consider bringing a vegetarian snack such as cookies, chips, crackers, nuts and fruit or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.  Please note set up begins at 6:30  
 
Saturday 11/4 Dakpo Targyen class,  Chapter 15, “Diligence”.
Two sessions 10 AM – 12 and 2 – 4  
Please note this is a closed class and only for those who have already been attending
 
Sunday 11/5
  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (tranquility meditation) and shamata (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa will be giving Refuge Vows.  If you would like to take refuge, please email Nelson Kent at ktc.director@albanyktc.org
Wishing you a magical week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Coming Events

Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

On Sunday, November 19, Lama Zopa will teach on Compassion for Animals.

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving we will present a video of Karmapa teaching on How to apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times.

Our book study has begun on Karmapa’s latest book, Interonnected, Embracing Life in our Global Society, which is available now at the KTC book store. The format of the book study is that we take turns reading through the chosen section and then discuss it, so while prior reading is recommended,it is not required. We have covered Chapter 1 and it is very inspiring. Next session TBA.

 

Schedule for November 2017

Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Sunday Programs at 11 AM:

Nov. 5th: Refuge Vows given by Lama Zopa. If you would like to take refuge, please email ktc.director@albanyktc.org

Nov. 12th: Book Study: “Interconnected” by 17th Karmapa – Chapter 1

Nov. 19th: Lama Zopa teaching: Compassion for Animals

Nov. 26th: Video teaching: Karmapa teaches “How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times” (part 1, August 2017)

Tuesday Programs at 7 PM:

Nov. 7th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Nov. 14th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Nov. 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Nov. 28th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Saturday, Nov. 4th: Dakpo Targyen class (continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, contact ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

Saturday, Nov. 11th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. (If interested in starting this, please see Lama Zopa or email ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

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

This schedule is also available as a Google calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed ?src=albanyktc.schedule%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

 

Week of October 23-29, 2017

Posted on October 24th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/24 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
Sunday 10/29
  • 9 AM – 9:45  Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45  shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
 Please note there will not be any teaching or program after meditation.  Lama Zopa is teaching in Boston.
I hope you can join us for one or more of our sessions this week.
 
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan 
 
We invest tremendous energy in making happiness unnecessarily complicated.  
Happiness can be much more simple and natural.  
Appreciation and joyful gratitude can arise spontaneously, 
as a natural extension of our full awareness of interdependence.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society
Week of October 16-22, 2017

Posted on October 15th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/17 7 PM  Chenrezig and Amitabha practice
 
Saturday 10/21    Dakpo Targyen study group. 
  • 10 AM – 12
  • 2 PM – 4 PM
Sunday 10/22
  • 9 AM – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 Book study and discussion Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 9, Wisdom
May all beings be happy and may you have a blessed week.  
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Impermanence means that things keep on changing; they never stay the same.  
When we meditate on impermanence, we start to realize that 
moment-by-moment there is limitless opportunity.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Week of October 9-15, 2017

Posted on October 9th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/10 7 PM   Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
 
Saturday 10 AM    Ngondro practice, for those qualified
 
Sunday 10/15
  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10- 10:45 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching on “The Four Prepatory Meditations for Mahamudra”
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
As dark as this world may seem,
We must be a bright torch in that darkness.
As deceptive as the world may seem,
We must strive for goodness.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Losar Message 2017
Week of October 2-8, 2017

Posted on October 1st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/03/17    Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 10/08/17    
  • 9 – 9:45     Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (tranquility) & tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – noon   video teaching by the 17th Karmapa,    “Caring for Life on Earth in the 21st Century”, Harvard University, 2015
May all beings be happy!
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Try to serve the common interest.  Whatever happens, think about what is best for the group rather than acting for yourself alone.  The benefit of many is more important than that of each individual.  
 
The Future is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World, 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje 
Past and Future Events

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

On Sunday, August 6th, Clare Lowery gave a review of the 8 Brocades, Chi Gong exercises. Simple to do and most beneficial.

On Sunday, August 13th, we held our summer picnic at the Colonie Town Park, along the Mohawk River. The weather was beautiful and all enjoyed the food and company.

 On Sunday, Sept. 10th, Khenpo David Karma Choephel returned to Albany KTC. He gave a one day program on Abhidharma, Buddhist Insights into Reality. We all enjoyed and benefitted from his clear introduction to this vast analysis of physical and mental phenomena.

Schedule for October 2017

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Sunday Programs at 11 AM:

Oct. 1st: Lama Zopa Teaching: “Way of the Bodhisattva” (Shantideva)

Oct. 8th: Video teaching (TBA)

Oct. 15th: Lama Zopa Teaching: “The Four Preparatory Meditations for Mahamudra”

Oct. 22nd: Book Study: “The Way of the Bodhisattva” (Shantideva), Chapter 9

Oct. 29th: (no program)

Tuesday Programs at 7 PM:

Oct. 3rd: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Oct. 10th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Oct. 17th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Oct. 24th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Oct. 31st: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Saturday, Oct 14th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. If interested in starting this, please see Lama Zopa first.

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

Week of September 25-October 1, 2017

Posted on September 26th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 9/26 7PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Sunday 10/1

  • 9 AM – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (peace) & tonglen (compassion)meditation
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching on The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva  
Wishing you a joyful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Thanks to those whose minds are full of malice
I engender patience in myself.
They therefore are the causes of my patience,
Fit for veneration, like the Dharma.
 
Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva
Week of September 18-24, 2017

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends, 

Tuesday 9/19 7PM    Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Sunday 9/24
  • 9 – 9:45    Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11-12 Lama Zopa teaching “Types and Benefits of Meditation”
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
All the joy the world contains
Has come through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
 
Shantideva The Way of the Bodhisattva
Week of September 11-17, 2017

Posted on September 12th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 9/12 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Saturday 9/16 10:00 AM Ngondro for those currently doing the practice.  If you are interested in beginning Ngondro, please speak with Lama Zopa first.
 
Sunday 9/17
  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 Shamata (tranquility) meditation, tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 noon Book Study, Shantideva’s  The Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 8, “Meditation”
 
Any brief moment, any time at all that one could use as an opportunity for dharma practice, one must use. 
16th Karmapa
September 2017

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for September:

Special Teaching: On Sunday, Sept. 10th, we will be honored to host Khenpo David Karma Choephel, back by popular demand!

9 – 9:45 am Chenrezig sadhana,

10 am – 12 and 2:30 pm – 4:30 Khenpo Choepel will teach on the Abhidharma: Buddhist Insights into Reality.

Sunday, Sept. 24th: Fifth Annual North Star Interfaith Peace Walk, 2:00-4:00 PM (meet at the Moses statue in Washington Park in Albany)

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

Sept. 10th: (see above)

Sept. 17th: Book study – Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva), Chapter 8 “Meditation”

Sept. 24th: Lama Zopa Teaching “Types and Benefits of Meditation”

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Sept. 5th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Sept. 12th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Sept. 19nd: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Sept. 26th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Saturday, Sept 16th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. If interested in starting this, please see Lama Zopa first.

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

Week of September 4-10, 2017

Posted on September 4th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 9/5/17 7 PM Chenrezig sadhana

Sunday 9/10 Special Guest Teacher:  Khenpo David Karma Choephel 

  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 12 and 2:30 – 4:30 Khenpo Choepel will teach on the Abhidharma:  Buddhist Insights into Reality

This Sunday is special for us at Albany KTC. We are fortunate to be hosting Khenpo Choephel who has the rare combination of both a brilliant intellect and deep humility. He travels extensively as a much sought after translator for eminent Kagyu Buddhist teachers such as the Gyalwang Karmapa and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. His visit to our center is a rare and precious opportunity. I sincerely hope you can join us for this special teaching.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

A meaningful life has to purposeful… If I am to live a purposeful and meaningful life, I have to live it for the benefit of others. I can find meaning and dignity in working for the benefit of others.  That is the essense and purpose of my life.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The 17th Karmapa, June 5, 2014, Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany

Week of August 28-September 7, 2017

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends, here is this week’s schedule

Tuesday 8/29/17    7 PM Short Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche 7 Line Prayer and Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 9/3

  • 9 – 10 AM   Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10- 11 Shamata (tranquility meditation) & tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11- 12 No teaching

Special Upcoming Event:

9/10    Khenpo David Karma Choephel, who is one of the Karmapa’s main translators, will be back by popular demand!  He will teach morning and afternoon on Abhidharma, Buddhist Insights into Reality. See there flyer!

 

Have a Happy Labor Day

Yours in the dharma,

Laura Roth for Mary Ann Duncan

 

Week of August 21-27

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends, here is this week’s schedule 

 

Tuesday 8/22/17    7 PM Short Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche 7 Line Prayer and Confession of Downfalls
 
Sunday 8/27
  • 9 – 10 AM    Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10- 11  Shamata (tranquility meditation) & tonglen (compassion meditation)  
  • 11- 12  Video teaching by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Finding Freedom Through Meditation

Special Upcoming Event:
9/10    Khenpo David Karma Choephel, who is one of the Karmapa’s main translators, will be back by popular demand!  He will teach morning and afternoon on Abhidharma, Buddhist Insights into Reality.
 
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Laura Roth for Mary Ann Duncan
 
Past and Future events

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Special Upcoming Event:
9/10    Khenpo David Karma Choephel, who is one of the Karmapa’s main translators, will be back by popular demand!  He will teach morning and afternoon on Abhidharma, Buddhist Insights into Reality.
Week of August 14=20. 2017

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends, here is this week’s schedule

Tuesday 8/15/17    7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Sunday 8/20/17
  • 9 AM-10 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-10:45 Shamata meditation (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12    Book study on Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 8, Meditation continued
Special Upcoming Event:
9/10    Khenpo David Karma Choephel, who is one of the Karmapa’s main translators, will be back by popular demand!  He will teach morning and afternoon on Abhidharma, Buddhist Insights into Reality.
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Laura Roth for Mary Ann Duncan
Week of August 7-13, 2017

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 8/8 7PM Lama Zopa will be giving the refuge vow.  Even if you have already taken refuge, it is always beneficial to participate in the ceremony again. 
 

Sunday 8/13 Annual Summer Picnic Colonie at Town Park

  • 9:AM-10 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 11     shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 12 noon Picnic at Colonie Town Park, Latham.  Carpooling from Doane Stuart or Guptill’s skating arena is suggested.  Town residents pay only $2 for parking, $6 for non residents. Please bring a vegetarian dish or non alcoholic beverage to share.  Note there are BBQ grills available for veggie burgers etc.  There is also an olympic size pool within the park for those who might like to take a dip. 
Directions:
 
At Latham Traffic Circle head North on Rt.9.  Continue on Rt 9 for 2.9 miles. You will pass Guptill’s Skating Arena on your right.  Continue North on Rt. 9 through Boght Corner’s.  Shortly after this intersection, take left on to Old Loudon Road and then take your first left onto Schermerhorn Road.  Follow Schermerhorn Road to Colonie Mohawk River Park.  You will need to show proof of residence. Even if you don’t live in Colonie, you can still enter but you will pay more to enter the park $6 instead of $2.  $1 for seniors.
Hope to see you at the picnic!
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

 

August 2017

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for August and beyond

On Sunday, August 6th, Clare Lowery will give a review of the 8 Brocades, Chi Gong exercises.

On Sunday, August 13th, we will hold our summer picnic at the Colonie Town Park, along the Mohawk River at noon. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Email for directions.

SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday, Sept. 10th, we will be honored to host Khenpo David Karma Choephel, back by popular demand! More information to come as details are being worked out.

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

Aug. 6th: Clare Lowery will give an overview of the 8 Brocades, toning Chi Gong exercises.

Aug. 13th: Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park, on the Mohawk River. (see above)

Aug. 20th: Book study: Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Chap. 8. or beyond.

Aug. 27th: TBA

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Aug. 1st: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Aug. 8th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Aug. 15th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Aug. 22nd: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Aug. 29th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice, etc.

Saturday, August 26th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. If interested in starting this practice, please see Lama Zopa first.

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

Week of August 1-6, 2017

Posted on August 1st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 8/1/17    Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Sunday 8/6
  • 9 – 10 AM    Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10- 11  shamata (tranquility) & tonglen (compassion meditation)  
  • 11- 12  8 Brocades, Chi Gong exercises with Clare Lowery
Special Upcoming Events:
 
Sunday 8/13    Annual picnic at Colonie Town Park enjoy the scenic Mohawk River and bring a swimsuit if you’d like to use the Town pool.  Please bring a vegetarian and/or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.
 
8/27    Lama Zopa will give an overview of Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva followed by a Q&A
 
9/10    Lama Khenpo David Karma Choephel, who is one of the Karmapa’s main translators, will be back by popular demand!  Stay tuned for more details.
 
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  
Without them, humanity cannot survive.
 
– His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama