Author Archives: Laura Roth

August 2018

Posted on July 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Sunday Practices at 9 am:  (45 minutes. Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.)

     August 5th:   Chenrezik

     August 12th:   Medicine Buddha

     August 19th:   Chenrezik

     August 26th:   Medicine Buddha

Every Sunday at 10 am:  (45 minutes, followed by tea break):

     Meditation: Shamatha (calm abiding), walking meditation, tonglen. (Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.)   Free meditation instruction is available.

Sunday Programs at 11 am:  (1 hour. Please arrive early…program begins promptly.)

     August 5th:     Book Study: “Interconnected”, by Karmapa. Chapter 6: “Opening Heart and Mind”

     August 12th:     Lama Zopa teaching: “Why Do We Make Offerings?”

     August 19th:     Video teaching: Karmapa: “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path” (2 of 3) from Kagyu Monlam, June 2018.

     August 26th:     Qi Gong (taught by Clare Lowery)

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

     August 7th:         Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

     August 14th:     Green Tara Practice

     August 21st:     Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

     August 28th:         Green Tara Practice

         (Tsoks will resume in September)

Thursday, August 23rd:         7 pm:  Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.  This schedule is subject to change.   For the latest information, please check (and subscribe to) our Google calendar here.            Questions:  ktc.director@albanyktc.org  or  (518) 966-7736

Week of July23-29, 2018

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends, 

Tuesday 7/24/18 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 7/26 at 7PM Powa practice for those who have had the training.  
Sunday 7/29/18
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10 AM shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 12 noon Annual picnic at the beautiful Colonie Town Park overlooking the Mohawk River.  Please bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share. For those who like to swim, there are two pools and diving boards at the entrance to the park.  Please be aware that there is a car fee to enter the park, so if possible, ride share.  Pool fee is separate.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
May all beings be happy!😇
Week of July 16-22, 2018

Posted on July 16th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Monday, 7/16 Chokhor Duchen is one of the four main Buddhist holy days and commemorates the day Skakyamuni Buddha gave his first teaching.  It is considered a “multiplier” day meaning our thoughts, words and deeds are 100,000 times more powerful on this day.  Although our center isn’t open today, if possible, do extra practice at home and please be extra vigilant in your thoughts speech and actions.  
 
Tuesday 7/17 7PM – 8 Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
 
Sunday 7/22
9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
10  shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
11 Book study Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society, Chapter 6
by The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
 
In order to start promptly we kindly ask that you arrive a few minutes before the session begins.
 
 
Upcoming Event:
 
Sunday 7/29 noon Annual Picnic at the Colonie Town Park.  Kindly bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share.
 
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
 
It is a common experience when watching the news on the TV or computer screen to feel that all the suffering we see is being transmitted to us, making us suffer ourselves.  Our response is often to shut down. …The damage is not done by the news of suffering.  The real damage is done by our own hardening of heart to that suffering.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society, page 119
July Events

Posted on July 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Upcoming Special Event
Mark Your Calendar 
7/29 noon Annual Albany KTC picnic at the Colonie Town Park.  Kindly bring a vegetarian dish, snack or non alcoholic beverage to share
Week of July 9-15, 2018

Posted on July 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday, 7/10  7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 7/14 10 AM & 2 PM Dakpo Targyen class, Chapter 17 (for those already enrolled)
 
Sunday 7/15
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10 Shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 “Turning the Wheel of Dharma” teaching by Lama Zopa
Kindly come a few minutes before the session so that we can begin promptly.  Your consideration is appreciated
 
May all sentient beings be happy!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

Do not follow after the past;  do not go forward to meet the future.  Just rest your mind naturally in the present awareness.

 
 Gampopa
July 2018

Posted on July 3rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Sunday Practices at 9 am: (45 minutes. Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.)

July 1rd: Medicine Buddha

July 8th: Chenrezik

July 15th: Medicine Buddha

July 22th: Chenrezik

July 29th: Medicine Buddha

Every Sunday at 10 am: (45 minutes, followed by tea break):

Meditation: Shamatha (calm abiding), walking meditation, tonglen. ( Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.) Free meditation instruction is available.

Sunday Programs at 11 am: (1 hour. Please arrive early…program begins promptly.)

July 1st: Lama Zopa teaching: “Why do we do Prostrations?”

July 8th: Video teaching: Karmapa: The Three Principal Aspects of the Path (1 of 3). Kagyu Monlam June 2018.

July 15th: Lama Zopa teaching: “Chokhor Duchen (Turning of Wheel of Dharma)”

July 22th: Book Study: “Interconnected”, by Karmapa. Chapter 6: “Opening Heart and Mind”

July 29th: No 11 am program, but at Noon: Picnic at Town of Colonie Mohawk River Park, 71 Schermerhorn Rd, Cohoes, NY. Bring vegetarian food to share if you wish.

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

July 3rd: Green Tara Practice

July 10th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

July 17th: Green Tara Practice

July 24nd: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

July 31th: Green Tara Practice

Thursday, July 26th: 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday, July 7th: 10 am: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified . (If interested in starting this, please see Lama Zopa or email ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

Saturday, July 14th: 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm : Dakpo Targyen class. Chapter 18.(continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, please see Lama Zopa or contact ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. This schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, please check (and subscribe to) our Google calendar here. Questions: ktc.director@albanyktc.org or (518) 966-7736

 

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends

Tuesday 6/26 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual where we chant and make offerings. Kindly consider bringing a vegetarian snack such as cookies, chips, fruit, nuts or non-alcoholic beverage to share.  
 
Saturday 6/30 10 AM Ngondro (Note this practice requires permission) 
 
Sunday 7/1  
  • 9 AM – Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10 AM shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – noon Lama Zopa teaching “Why Do We Do Prostrations?
Please come a few minutes before the hour so that we can start our sessions promptly.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
Wishing you a blessed and joyous week ahead.  May all beings be happy!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
There is no significant division between us and other people, because our basic natures are the same.  If we wish to ensure everyone’s peace and happiness we need to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity our  peoples and cultures, founded on an understanding of this fundamental sameness of all human beings.
 
HH the 14th Dalai Lama, from the book “In My Own Words: An Introduction to my Teachings and Philosophy”
Week of June 18-24, 2018

Posted on June 18th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 6/19/18 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Impermanence in Action:
 
Lama Tobden’s previously scheduled visit to Albany KTC this weekend has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please stay tuned for new date.  
 
Sunday 6/24 No program at Albany KTC
 
Karmapa birthday celebration at KTD.  Contact KTD for details
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Why do we need to contemplate impermanence?  The fact that things change does not mean we lose something.  Rather, it is a sign that we have new opportunities and new options….The opportunities available to us are inexhaustible and limitless, and are arising continuously.  We meditate on impermanance so that we can make full use of these opportunities and make good choices.
 
17th Karmapa,  Nurturing Compassion: Teaching from the First Visit to Europe
Week of June 11-17, 2018

Posted on June 12th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 6/12 7-8 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Thursday 6/14 7-8 PM Powa practice for qualified students
 
Sunday 6/17  Happy Father’s Day
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 No program 
Every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely acts for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position, or recognition, expresses the activity of Chenrezig.
 
Bokar Rinpoche, Chenrezig: Lord of Love
June 2018

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Guest Teaching June 23-24: Lama Wufang : Sorry, This teaching postponed!

Saturday 10 am-12. History & Importance of Amitabha & Chenrezik

Saturday 2-4 pm. Qi Gong

Sunday 10-11 am.Guided meditation on Chenrezik

Suggested donation $20 per session (members $15), but no one willbe turned away for lack of funds. More details will follow.

Sunday Practices at 9 am: (45 minutes. Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.)

June 3rd: Medicine Buddha

June 10th: Chenrezik

June 17th: Chenrezik

June 24th: Chenrezik

Every Sunday at 10 am: (45 minutes, followed by tea break) :Meditation: Shamatha (calm abiding), walking meditation, tonglen. ( Please arrive early…practice begins promptly.) Free meditation instruction is available.

Sunday Programs at 11 am: (1 hour. Please arrive early…program begins promptly.)

June 3rd: Lama Zopa teaching: 7 Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche

June 10th: Book Study: Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa, Chapter 6: “Opening Heart and Mind”

June 17th: (No Program)

June 24th: (No Program).  There will be a birthday celebration for HH Karmapa at KTD (Woodstock) at noon. See https://kagyu.org

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

June 5th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

June 12th: Short Green Tara Practice

June 19th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

June 26nd: Guru Rinpoche Tsok ( bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm )

Thursday, June 14th at 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday, June 9 (1-6 pm) : Albany KTC will have a table at “Change Your Mind Day” at the  Unitarian Church, Albany. See http://www.organizingmindfulness.org/

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

Questions: ktc.director@albanyktc.org or (518) 966-7736

 

Week of June 4-10, 2018

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 6/5 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana 

Sunday 6/10
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 Book Study: Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa, Chapter 6 “Opening Heart and Mind”
(Please arrive a few minutes before the session so we can begin promptly)
Mark your calendars
6/23 – 24 Special Guest Teaching by Lama Wufang 
  • Saturday 10 AM – 12 ” The History and Importance of Amitabha and Chenrezig”
  • Saturday 2 PM – 4 Lama Wufang will lead us in Qi Gong exercises
  • Sunday 10 AM – 11 Guided meditation on Chenrezig
Wishing you a harmonious and peace filled week .
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Albany KTC Public Events in June

Posted on May 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Albany KTC will have a booth at the Vegfest, held on Saturday June 2 from 10AM to 5PM at the Polish Community Center on Washington Ave extension. Check it out!

On June 9 there will be a Change Your Mind Day program where various Buddhist, mindfulness, and contemplative groups will present teachings and workshops. This will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, fro 1-6 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany at 405 Washington Aveny in Albany. See attached poster.
Joan Atkins, a senior student at Albany KTC, will present a teaching on “Heart of Buddhism: the Four Immeasurable Contemplations” Albany KTC will also have a table at the event.
I hope you can attend!
The visit of Lama Wufang on June 23-24 has been postponed

 

 

Week of May 28-June 3, 2018

Posted on May 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 5/29 7 PM Saka Dawa.  Please join us on this most sacred Buddhist holiday where we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that the merit of any good deeds performed during this month are multiplied many times over so this is an excellent time to practice doing positive deeds.
 
Sunday 6/3
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana.
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Lama Zopa teaching 7 Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche
Wishing you a blessed week.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
The mantra of the perfection of wisdom, therefore, is a mantra of great knowledge, a mantra unsurpassable, a mantra comparable to the incomparable, a mantra pacifying all suffering. Know it to be true:
 
Tayatha gate gate paragate parasamgate bodi soha. 
 
From the Heart Sutra
Week of May 21, 2018

Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 5/22 7PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok set up begins at 6:30.  A tsok is a feast gathering and a powerful purification practice where we chant and make food offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.

 
Sunday 5/27
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 video teaching on the “Four Dharmas of Gampopa”, by HH the 17th Karmapa
Wishing you a safe and auspicious Memorial Day Weekend.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
“The 17th Karmapa is not an emanation of Guru Rinpoche.  He is Guru Rinpoche.”
 
-Tai Situ Rinpoche-
Schedule for May 2018

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Sunday Practices at 9 am: (45 minutes)

May 6th: Medicine Buddha

May 13th: Chenrezik

May 20th: Medicine Buddha

May 27th: Chenrezik

Every Sunday at 10 am: (45 minutes, followed by tea break) :

Shamatha (calm abiding) meditation, walking meditation, tonglen.

Free meditation instruction is available.

Sunday Programs at 11 am: (1 hour)

May 6th: Lama Zopa teaching: Short Medicine Buddha practice

May 13th: Book Study: Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa, Chapter 4

May 20th: Lama Zopa teaching: 8 Auspicious Symbols

May 27th: Video teaching: 17th Karmapa on “The 4 Dharmas of Gampopa” (KTD 2015) Part 4

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

May 1st: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

May 8th: Short Green Tara Practice

May 15th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

May 22nd: Guru Rinpoche Tsok ( bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm )

May 29th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

Thursday, May 17th at 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday, May 5th: 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm : Dakpo Targyen class with EXAM. (continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, please see Lama Zopa or contact ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday May 13 , Albany KTC will have a table at the Tulip Fest in Washington Park, Albany. All are welcome to stop by. We could use somemore help staffing the table , so if you haven’t already signed up for that, please email below. You can see the available time slots on the calendar link below.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. This schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, please check (and subscribe to) our Google calendar here .

 Questions: ktc.director@albanyktc.org or (518) 966-7736

Week of May 14-20, 2018

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 5/15 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 5/17 7 PM Powa practice for those who have the training
 
Sunday 5/20
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15  Lama Zopa will teach on “The 8 Auspicious Symbols” 
Please note in order to begin our sessions promptly, we ask that you kindly arrive a few minutes beforehand.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
A sense of well-being, regardless of the fluctuation of outer and inner experiences, is one of the clearest ways to understand what Buddhists mean by happiness.
 
Mingyur Rinpoche,
Week of May 7-13, 2018

Posted on May 7th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Tues 5/8 7 PM Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 5/12 & Sunday 5/13 
 
🌷🌷Tulip Fest🌷🌷Washington Park, Albany 
we will have a booth (#318) at the fest.  Please stop by to enjoy the beautiful tulips and say hi!
 
Sunday 5/13 Happy Mother’s Day!
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-noon Book study Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society, Chapter 5 “From Empathy to Courageous Compassion”.
Please note we like to begin our programs promptly on the hour so please try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes beforehand to get situated.  
 
Wishing all sentient beings who have been our Mothers to have a blessed Mother’s Day!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.
 
The Buddha, from the Karaniya Metta Sutta
Week of April 30 – May 6, 2018

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 5/1 7PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 5/5 10 AM – 12 and 2 PM – 4  Dakpo Targyen class for those who are enrolled
 
Sunday 5/6
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12  Lama Zopa teaching on the Short Medicine Buddha practice

May this first week of May be simply lovely, filled with sunshine, gentle breezes and budding flowers.

 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Empathy enables us to reach across differences and connect as equals.  It does so by cutting straight through the walls that we build up around us and allowing us to touch the core of our equality:  the ability to experience pain and joy.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
Week of April 23-29, 2018

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 4/24 7:00 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok. A tsok is a powerful purification practice where we chant and make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Kindly bring a snack such as cookies, crackers chips, fruit or nuts or a non-alcoholibeverage  to share.  Please note set up begins at 6:30.
 
Friday 4/27 – Sunday 4/29 . Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is giving a weekend long webcast teaching on “Aspiration Prayer of Sukavati” which we will show on our big screen TV at our center.  
  • Friday 7 PM – 8:30
  • Saturday 10:30 AM – noon and 3:30 – 5 PM
  • Sunday 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig practice
  • 10:30 – noon and 2:30 – 4 PM  Webcast teaching continues

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan 

Just as equality must ultimately be applied universally, so must our compassion, love and sense of responsibility.  They must continue to expand until we willingly and enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to benefit any being with whom we come into contact. 

17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje from the book Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society

Week of April 14-20, 2018

Posted on April 15th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 4/17 7 – 8 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 4/19 7 – 8 PM Powa practice for those who received instruction 
 
Sunday 4/22
  • 9AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10 AM shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching on “Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Essence of the Earth”
Wishing all sentient beings health, happiness, peace and prosperity.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Future events at KTC

Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

On the weekend of April 27-30 Albany KTC will air a live webcast from KTD in which Khenpo Karthar Rinoche will teach on the Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati. The schedule is: Friday 4/27 at 7:00 pm, Saturday 4/28 at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, Sunday 4/29 at 10:30 & 2:30 pm. It will be shown on our big screen TV. Questions for Rinpoche can be submitted via email. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive teachings from our beloved master without leaving Albany!

On the weekend of May 12-13, Albany KTC will have a booth at the Tulip Fest in Washington Park.

Week of April 2018

Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
4/10 10 AM There will be a special practice at KTD, which all KTC members are encouraged to attend.  We will not, therefore, have our usual Tuesday evening sadhana.
 
Sunday 4/15 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-12 Book study, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
The best signs of success are a decreasing of self-centerdness and
 the easing of mental afflictions.
 
Gampopa, The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
Week of April 2-8, 2018

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

We are happy to announce that Albany KTC is now offering the Medicine Buddha practice at 9AM on alternating Sundays, starting this week.  
Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 4/3 7PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 4/7 10 AM – 12 and 2 PM – 4 Dakpo Targyen class for those enrolled
 
Sunday 4/8
  • 9AM  Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) & tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00  Member’s meeting – all members are encourage to attend; non-members are also welcomed.  Bagels, cream cheese and tea will be provided.
Wishing you a glorious week ahead.  
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan


In a very real sense our kleshas, our mental afflictions, our delusions are a form of sickness.  The recognition that they are a sickness and problem, and the application of the appropriate remedies to them is the primary intention of the Medicine Buddha practice.  Its point is not to simply heal physical ailments but to heal the subtle habits and the fundamental sickness within our mental continuum…The main point is to recognize our kleshas as sickness, the Dharma as the medicine which can cure that sickness and our teachers, our spiritual friends, as physicians.  
 
 from a teaching by the 17th Karmapa on the Medicine Buddha,  April 26, 2015 Wappingers Falls, NY,  
Schedule for April 2018

Posted on March 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Program: Webcast live from KTD: Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Friday 4/27 at 7:00 pm, Saturday 4/28 at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, Sunday 4/29 at 10:30 & 2:30 pm. Shown on our big screen TV. Questions for Rinpoche can be submitted via email.

Sunday Practices at 9 am: (45 minutes)

     April 1st: Chenrezik

     April 8th: Medicine Buddha

     April 15th: Chenrezik

     April 22nd: Medicine Buddha

     April 29th: Chenrezik

Every Sunday at 10 am: (45 minutes, followed by tea break) Shamatha (calm abiding) meditation, walking meditation, tonglen. Free meditation instruction is    available.

Sunday Programs at 11 am: (1 hour)

     April 1st: Video teaching: 17th Karmapa on “The 4 Dharmas of Gampopa” Part 3 (KTD 2015)

     April 8th: Members meeting (Non-members also welcome. Bagels & tea will be provided)

     April 15th: Book Study: Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa, Chapter 4, “Equality and Diversity”

     April 22nd: Lama Zopa teaching: Ksitigarbha – “Bodhisattva, Essence of the Earth”

     April 29th: Webcast from KTD at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm ( see details at top of page )

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

     April 3rd: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

     April 10th: Short Green Tara Practice

     April 17th: Chenrezik/Amitabha Practice

     April 24th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok ( bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm )

Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday, April 7th: 10 am to 12:00 pm and 2 to 4 pm : Dakpo Targyen class (continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, please see Lama Zopa or contact ktc.director@albanyktc.org)

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. This schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, please check (and subscribe to) our Google calendar here Questions: ktc.director@albanyktc.org or (518) 966-7736