Author Archives: Laura Roth

December 2018

Posted on December 2nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

**Please Note: We will be closed from December 19 through January 7.**

Holiday Party​​: ​​Dec. 15, 4-7 pm.​​ Please bring a vegetarian dish to share or snacks. Location: Marilyn’s house (for directions, email nelskent@gmail.com)

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

December 2nd: Medicine Buddha

   December 9th: Chenrezig

December 16th:  Medicine Buddha

Every Sunday at 10am:​​ ​​(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 11am:​​ (1 hour. Please arrive early…program begins promptly.)

December 2nd: Qi Gong (taught by Clare Lowery).

December 9th: Video teaching: Karmapa: “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” (1 of 5).

December 16th:  Lama Zopa teaching: “Why Do We Dedicate Merit?”

Tuesday Programs at 7pm:

 December 4th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

   December 11th: Green Tara Practice

December 18th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (​bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm)​

Thursday, December 6th at 7pm:​​ ​​Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday Programs:

December 15th: Dakpo Targyen class: 10am – noon. ​(continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, please contact ​ktc.director@albanyktc.org​)

December 15th: Holiday Party 4-7 pm (see above).

Sunday, December 16th at 2pm: Dakpo Targyen class: 2 – 4 pm. ​(continuing series in progress for those already registered.)

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

Our website:​ ​​http://albanyktc.org/ ​Questions & membership: ktc.director@albanyktc.org

Albany KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center, meeting at Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, NY 12144

Posted on December 2nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 12/4 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha practice
 
Sunday 12/9
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11- noon video Karmapa teaching “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva”, (Part 1 of 5)
 
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Mark your calendars!!
Holiday Party: 
Dec. 15, 4-7 pm. 
Location: Marilyn’s house 
(for directions, email nelskent@gmail.com)
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share or snacks.
 
 
All suffering comes from wanting happiness for ourselves; Perfect buddhas arise from the intention to benefit others.  Therefore, to truly exchange our happiness for the suffering of others is the pratice of a bodhisattva.
 
Ngulchu Thogme Zanpo, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
Week of November 26-December 2, 2018

Posted on November 26th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 11/27 7 – 8 PM Green Tara sadhana
(Opener Clare)
 
Saturday 12/1 10 AM – 11 Ngondro practice (for those currently doing the practice)
(Opener Fee Li)
 
Sunday 12/2 (Opener Clare)
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Qi Gong exercise (taught by Clare Lowery)
Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious week.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Societies take the distinction between masculine and feminine qualities very seriously indeed. Whole industries reinforce gender ideals, such as for example, boys should be brave and girls should be sensitive.  Society promotes the idea that people with Y chromosomes should exhibit only “masculine qualities”, and people with X chromosomes should exhibit “feminine qualities”.  This holds us back, limiting men and women to socially constructed boxes and causing a great deal of suffering for everyone…What matters to me is being able to connect with others heart to heart, with real feeling. What I value is the ability to speak from my heart, and to be tender and caring.  Certainly these are the qualities I aspire to have.  It does not strike me as at all relevant whether they are categorized as feminine or masculine.
 
– the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, from “The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out”
Week of November 19-25, 2018

Posted on November 19th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 11/20 7 – 8 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas (Opener Gena)
 
Saturday 11/24 10 AM – noon and 2PM – 4 
Dakpo Targyen class, Chapter 17 (qualified students) (Opener Nelson)
 
Sunday 11/25 (Opener Mary Ann)
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11- 12 Lama Zopa teaching “Why Do We Request Teachings?”
  • 2:00 Phowa teaching by Lama Zopa (qualified students only)
Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.
 
May all beings be free and happy, including turkeys!
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan

We have complete freedom to eat meat or not….The reasons to be vegetarian are realistic and sensible, and based on long-term thinking. When we think seriously about the impact that our food practices have on our body, on the environment and on the animals themselves, it is clear that logic supports abstaining from eating meat.

If you decide you want to try to stop eating meat, you can fortify yourself in this way with reason. Empower your mind, and take responsibility for your body. Exercise your wisdom, strengthen your resolve and let your mind take good care of your body.


17th Karmapa

Week of November 12-18, 2018

Posted on November 13th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 11/13 6:45 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok   A tsok is a powerful purification practice where we chant and make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other wisdom deities.  After making the offerings we too partake in the feast.  If you would like to participate, kindly bring a vegetarian snack or non alcoholic beverage to share.     

 
Sunday 11/18 
  • 9 AM – Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Book Study “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society” by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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 this world may seem,
We must strive for goodness.
 
17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Week of

Posted on November 6th, 2018 by Laura Roth

**Tuesday 11/6 Election Day.  Please vote!**

7PM: Green Tara Practice (Gena Opening)
 
Thursday 11/8 7 PM Phowa – qualified students only
(Joan Opening)
 
Friday 11/9 7PM – 8:30 Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on Devi Mahashri Palchen, a peaceful form of a dharma protector. Rinpoche will teach about her story and her retinue and outline the benefits of this practice.  (FeeLi Opening)
 
Saturday 11/10 Webcast teaching continued 
(Nelson Opening)
  • 10:30 AM – noon
  • 3:30 PM – 5
Sunday 11/11 (Nelson Opening)
  • 9 AM – Chenrezig practice
  • 10:30 – noon Webcast teaching continued
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 Webcast teaching continued
Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
November Programs

Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Teaching November 9-11:   Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen.   5 sessions: Friday 7pm, Sat. 10:30am & 3:30pm, Sun. 10:30am & 2:30pm. Webcasting exclusively to KTC centers. More details at KTD calendar.

November 13th:     Guru Rinpoche Tsok (bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm)

November 2018

Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Teaching November 9-11:   Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen.   5 sessions: Friday 7pm, Sat. 10:30am & 3:30pm, Sun. 10:30am & 2:30pm. Webcasting exclusively to KTC centers. More details at KTD calendar.

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

November 4th:      Medicine Buddha

November 11th:      Chenrezig

November 18th:      Medicine Buddha

November 25th:      Chenrezig

Every Sunday at 10am:  (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 11am:  (1 hour. Please arrive early…program begins promptly.)

November 4th:   Teaching: “The Life of the Buddha” Part 2, by Joan Atkins.

November 11th:   Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen (part of a 5 session weekend program – see above for details)

November 18th:   Book Study: “Interconnected”, by Karmapa. Chapter TBA

November 25th:   Lama Zopa teaching: “Why Do We Request Teachings?”

Sunday, November 25th at 2pm:         Lama Zopa teaching on Phowa practice (qualified students only).

Tuesday Programs at 7pm:

November 6th:         Green Tara Practice

November 13th:     Guru Rinpoche Tsok (bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm)

November 20th:     Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

November 27th:         Green Tara Practice

Thursday, November 8th at 7pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday Programs:

November 10th:     10:30am & 3:30pm: Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (part of a 5 session weekend program – see above for details)

November 17th:         10am: Ngondro practice (qualified students only)

November 24th:     Dakpo Targyen class: 10am and 2pm (continuing series in progress for those already registered. For more info, please 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 (including cancellations), please see (and subscribe to) our Google calendar here.        Questions & membership: ktc.director@albanyktc.org or  (518) 966-7736

 

Week of October 29-November 4, 2018

Posted on October 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

 
Tuesday 10/30 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas
 
Sunday 11/4
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Get Fit with Qi Gong led by Clare Lowery
Wishing you a blessed week ahead.  
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
True compassion is not just an emotional response 
but a firm commitment founded on reason. 
Therefore, our compassion for others does not change
 even if they behave negatively. 
Our feelings of responsibility for others 
gives rise to a wish to help them actively overcome their problems.
HH The Dalai Lama, September 2014, Facebook
Week of October 21-28, 2018

Posted on October 22nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 10/23 7 PM Green Tara sadhana 
 
Sunday 10/28
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 “The Life of the Buddha” taught by Joan Atkins
  • SPECIAL EVENT
    Sand Mandala 
    10/22 – 26   
     
     
    WHERE: College of St. Rose, Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave, Albany, NY
    WHEN: Opening Ceremony Monday 10/22 9 AM
    Daily hours 10 AM – 9 PM
     
    Come meet the artist, Lama Chopal, and help create the mandala, no experience necessary.
Week of October 15-21, 2018

Posted on October 16th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 10/16 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok with Lama Zopa  presiding.  A tsok is a powerful purification practice where we pray, chant, recite mantras and make food offerings.   Kindly bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share.  Note in order for us to begin on time, set up begins at 6:30.  

 
Saturday 10/20 Dakpo Targyen class for those who are currently enrolled.  
  • Morning session 10 AM – 12 noon
  • Afternoon session 2 PM – 4:00
Sunday 10/21 
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation.  Free meditation instruction is available as needed
  • 11:15 Lama Zopa teaching “Why do we Confess Misdeeds
Kindly arrive early to sessions…practice begins promptly
 
Upcoming Special Event, 10/22 – 10/26:  Sand Mandala at College of St. Rose, Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary – 959 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
  • Opening Ceremony 10/22 9 AM
  • Open daily 10 AM – 9 PM
Come and help create the mandala with artist Lama Karma Chopal
 
I hope you can come to one or all of our programs!
 
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.  We meditate on impermanence in order to see that the change that takes place moment to moment represents moment after moment of opportunity. The opportunities that are available to us are inexhaustible and limitless, and are arising continuously.  We meditate on impermanence so that we can make full use of these opportunities and make good choices.
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 
Nurturing Compassion: Teachings from the 1st Visit yo Europe
 
Week of October 8-14, 2018

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 10/9/ 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana
 
Thursday 10/11 7 PM Powa practice and Confession of Downfalls.  (Please note this is for qualified students only)
 
Saturday 10/13 10 AM Ngondro practice (for those who have had instruction)
 
Sunday 10/14
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Book study “Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society” by the 17th Karmapa, Chapter 5, page 110
We have many positive qualities within us – qualities like empathy, courage and wisdom.  We might call these values of interdependence….Actively cultivating these qualities helps us go beyond a theoretical understanding of interdependence, to begin actually feeling ourselves to be profoundly interconnected.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, “Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society” 
October Event

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Event October 22-26: 

Sand Mandala at College of St. Rose Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary – 959 Madison Ave, Albany, NYOpen to all 10 am to 9 pm daily, all week – Opening Ceremony 10/22 at 9:00 am. Artist: Lama Karma Chopal. Come visit and help to create the Mandala.   More details to follow.

October 2018

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

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

October 7th:      Medicine Buddha

October 14th:      Chenrezig

October 21st:      Medicine Buddha

October 28th:      Chenrezig

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.)

October 7th:      Video teaching: Karmapa: “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path”
(4 of 4) from Kagyu Monlam, June 2018.

October 14th:   Book Study:  Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa (Chapter 5, starting on page 110)

October 21st:   Lama Zopa teaching: “Why Do We Confess Misdeeds?”

October 28th:   Teaching: “The Life of the Buddha” by Joan Atkins

Sunday, October 21st at 2 pm:       Lama Zopa teaching on Medicine Buddha practice (all are invited).

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

October 2nd:         Green Tara Practice

October 9th:     Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

October 16th:     Guru Rinpoche Tsok (bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm)

October 23rd:         Green Tara Practice

October 30th:     Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Thursday, October 11th at 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Saturday Programs at 10 am:

October 13th:         Ngondro practice (need permission)

October 20th:         Dakpo Targyen class: 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm (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

Week of October 1-6, 2018

Posted on October 2nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 10/2 7 PM Green Tara sadhana, Confession of Downfalls 
 
Sunday 10/7 
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Video teaching by the 17th Karmapa “3 Principle Aspects of the Path” June 2018, Kagyu Monlam

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Upcoming Special Event: 
Sand Mandala
at the College of St. Rose
October 22 – 26
 
 Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany
Artist Lama Karma Chopal
 
Opening Ceremony 10/22 9 AM,  Open daily 10 AM – 9 PM
Come and help create the mandala under the direction of Lama Karma Chopal 
 

 

I have noticed that some people are uncomfortable when they are told that change is a fundamental part of life, or that nothing lasts forever.  Yet impermanence is just a basic fact of our existence – it is neither good or bad in itself.  When we face impermanence wisely, we have an opportunity to cultivate a more constructive way of relating to that reality.  If we do so, we can actually learn to feel at ease in the face of unexpected change, and work comfortably with whatever new situations might occur.

The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out by The 17th Karmapa

Week of Sept 10-6, 2018

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 9/11 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Sunday 9/16
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Video teaching by the Karmapa “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path”

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 
 
Khenpo David Choephel teaching 
“Treasury of Abhidharma”
 
Friday 9/21 7 PM
Saturday 9/22 10 AM
 
I hope you can join us for this week’s programs and Khenpo Choephel’s teaching.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
September Events

Posted on August 31st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Guest Teaching September 21-22:  Treasury of Abhidharma with Khenpo Karma Choephel: Friday Sept. 21 at 7 pm and Saturday 10am – 12 and 2pm – 4pm.  Suggested donation $20 per session (members $15), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. More details will follow.

September 2018

Posted on August 31st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Special Guest Teaching September 21-22:  Treasury of Abhidharma with Khenpo Karma Choephel: Friday Sept. 21 at 7 pm and Saturday 10am – 12 and 2pm – 4pm.  Suggested donation $20 per session (members $15), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. More details will follow.

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

September 2nd      Chenrezig

September 9th:      Medicine Buddha

September 16th:   Chenrezig

September 23rd:   Medicine Buddha

September 30th:   Chenrezig

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.)

September 2nd:   No Program

September 9th:   Lama Zopa teaching: “Why Do We Confess Misdeeds?”

September 16th:   Video teaching: Karmapa: “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path”
(3 of 3) from Kagyu Monlam, June 2018.

September 23rd:   Book Study: Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa (Chapter TBA)

September 30th:   Lama Zopa teaching: “The 11 Virtuous Mental Factors”

Tuesday Programs at 7 pm:

September 4th:         Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

September 11th:     Green Tara Practice

September 18th:     Guru Rinpoche Tsok (bring a snack food offering – setup starts at 6:30 pm)

September 25th:         Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Thursday, September 6th at 7 pm: Phowa practice (qualified students only)

Friday, September 21st at 7 pm:  Khenpo Choephel teaching:Treasury of Abhidharma

Saturday Programs at 10 am:

September 8th:         Ngondro practice (need permission)

September 22nd:         Khenpo Choephel teaching: Treasury of Abhidharma (starts Friday evening)

September 29th:         Dakpo Targyen class: 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm (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

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