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.
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
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
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.
Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth
MARK YOUR CALENDARS March 16 – 18
Teachings, Practice and Empowerment on
The Medicine Buddha by Lama Karma Drodul
Friday 3/16 7 PM Free Public talk “Healing and the Medicine Buddha Practice”
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – noon Teaching session
Saturday 4PM Medicine Buddha Empowerment *Note Refuge is required for empowerments and will be offered if requested beforehand.
Sunday 2:30 PM – 4:30 Q&A
Suggested donation $20 per session (members $15), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by Laura Roth
Albany KTC will be closed on Sunday January 28 because many of us will be attending a Long Life Empowerment by the 17th Karmapa in Queens.
Posted on November 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth
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*** Please Note *** Special Guest Teaching January 6-7: Lama Lodro Lhamo will be teaching on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text gives the most concise presentation of the bodhisattva path.
Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth
Save the date! On Saturday December 2 we will have a holiday party! Details will follow shortly.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving we will present a video of Karmapa teaching on How to apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times. Continued on December,ber 10.
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 December 3.
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.
Posted on June 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth
We are having a silent auction of Dharma objects at Albany KTC! Come and see the display of objects large and small in the Shrine room and make a bid on anything you like. Finale is at the Members meeting on July 23.
Mark your calendars:
Sunday 7/23 Members Meeting to elect officers for the next 2 years. This is open to all and will be followed by a potluck luncheon and the culmination of our silent auction fund raiser for our new shrine. Please come and support your center and walk away with something beautiful.
Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth
On the weekend of April 8-9th, we hosted Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin who gave a wonderful talk and teaching on Mind Training, translated by Tenzin Choenyi.
On Sunday, April 23rd, after a short meditation, we traveled to KTD for lunch and Earth Dayactivities. The vegan snacks were amazing!
Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth
On Sunday, March 12th, we continued our introductory series of teachings with The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend.
On Sunday, March 19th, we held a members’ meeting followed by a potluck lunch. Some items had to be deferred due to light attendance. We’ll follow-up with another members’ meeting soon.
Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth
On the weekend of Feb. 10 to 12, we enjoyed the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Karme Chakme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations. This teaching was especially pertinent and helpful for those doing Ngondro, the foundation practice.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28th we held our celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year of the Fire Bird with prayers and delicious refreshments. It was a happy and enjoyable event.
Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth
On Sunday, Jan. 8th, our new shrine was blessed by Lama Karma Drodul and Lama Zopa.
The blessing was followed by a celebratory reception.
On Saturday, Jan. 14th, we held the first long-term planning meeting to reflect on our history
and purpose as a center and to plan further ahead. This was open to all. Another meeting of this
type will be scheduled in the summer.
Posted on November 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth
January Program **SAVE THE DATE**
On Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, 2017, we will have the pleasure of hosting Lama Karma Drodul, who will give a Medicine Buddha teaching and empowerment on Saturday and a public talk, From Doubt to Faith and Devotion, on Sunday AM. On Sunday afternoon, Lama Karma will join us in a special blessing for our new shrine.
Saturday, Nov. 5th, was the last day of the powerful Long Life Thrangu Drupchod and Amitayus empowerment led by Lodro Nyima Rinpoche at KTD. The following weekend, this special teacher gave a wonderful teaching on Bodhicitta.
From Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, we enjoyed Khenpo Rinpoche’s webcast teaching, Blessings of Mani Pills.
Posted on October 7th, 2016 by Laura Roth
We have been delighted with the visit of Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche to Kagyu centers in the Northeast, including Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, where we greeted Rinpoche on Friday, September 30, and enjoyed a teaching on meditation based on the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer on Saturday October 1. Rinpoche last came 18 years ago, and a lot has changed since then, but his buoyant presence and his use of English seemed just the same.
This month Albany KTC will begin offering a series of eight introductory teachings based on Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s recent book Excellent at the Beginning; Discovering the Buddhist Way. The series will be taught by senior students. This is very important information for people new to our center and a good review for more experienced practitioners as well. The book is available for sale at the center.
The first two talks will be
Oct. 23: Connecting with the Buddhist teachings, taught by Laura Roth.
Oct. 30: The Practice of Meditation, taught by Laura Roth.
Posted on August 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth
On Saturday, August 13th, we had the honor of hosting David Karma Choephel, who gave an excellent day-long teaching on the Heart Sutra.
On Sunday August 7th, and again on Sunday August 21st, Lama Zopa gave wonderful teachings on The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma. He covered the first 2 of the thoughts and included meditations relevant to the teachings covered. This important series will continue in September with the 3rd thought, Karmic Cause and Effect.
Posted on July 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth
On Saturday, August 13 David Karma Choephel will give a one-day teaching on The Heart Sutra, an important Mayayana text. Times are 10-12 AM and 2:30-4:30 PM. This is a return visit by popular demand from a well-received talk last fall.
Posted on June 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth
On Saturday, June 4th, we exhibited at the Albany VegFest at the Polish-American Community Center. It was a great time, meeting lots of wonderful people, sharing what we have in common, and sampling some delicious food. We hope to do this again next year.
On Sunday, June 12th, Lama Zopa gave the mantra/dharani transmissions for Medicine Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha, along with a short teaching.
On Sunday, June 26th, we started a new book study, Shantideva’s classic,Way of the Bodhisattva.
Save the date: On Saturday, August 13th, translator David Karma Choephel will be back to Albany KTC to give a more detailed teaching on the Heart Sutra in 2 sessions. His first teaching was wonderful, but the time was too limited. This will be good.
Posted on May 30th, 2016 by Laura Roth
During May, Lama Zopa was interviewed by the religion editor for the Times Union, Rob Brill. who asked about how he came to be a Buddhist and our resident Lama. To view the TU article, click the link:
A guide on the path of Dharma – Albany Times Union, 5:14:2016
Saturday, May 21st was Saka Dawa, the full moon day in May when the Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana of the Buddha are celebrated. On this auspicious day there is a special ceremony at Karme Ling retreat center in Delhi, NY, during which the ashes of those who had died during the previous year are interred in the Columbarium. This is the conclusion of the annual three-day Amitabha retreat. A group from Albany KTC came to attend the ceremony on behalf of Lou Ferayorni, our dear friend and cofounder of Albany KTC. After many prayers and the burning of sheets of paper with the names of the deceased as well as others listed by the participants, a procession was formed when relatives and friends carries the urns, made of African granite, into the columbarium. Everyone present crowded in and recited the long Amitabha aspiration prayer.
Posted on April 8th, 2016 by Laura Roth
On Saturday & Sunday, March 19-20, we enjoyed two great teachings by Lama Tobden:
“8 Pieces of Brocade” Qi Gong exercises to tone the flow of chi (energy) and improve health, and a wonderful guided meditation on Chenrezig.
Lama Zopa will teach a series on The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma beginning on May 1.
At Karma Ling retreat center there will be an Amitabha retreat on May 19-21. On the afternoon of the last day, Saturday May 21, there will be an interment ceremony for the ashes of those who have died, including our dear friend and KTC founder Lou Ferayorni. Members of Albany KTC are planning to carpool for this event. Details to follow. Let Joan Atkins (872-1629) know if you are interested in going.
Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Laura Roth
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT –– PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 19 & 20 Lama Thobden
Saturday teaching on Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing system
Sunday Lama will lead us in a guided meditation on the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig
I hope you can join us for this special healing weekend.
On Saturday, January 23rd, we held our first group Ngondro (foundation) practice which began with a teaching by Lama Zopa. This group was requested by and is restricted to Ngondro practitioners who will continue to meet once a month for group practice. People interested in starting Ngondro should interview with Lama Zopa.
Lama Zopa will be away for most of the month. He is leaving on February 11th for India and will return on the 27th. We wish him a safe and fulfilling trip.
Posted on December 13th, 2015 by Nelson Kent
On November 13-15 we watched a webcast from KTD of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche teaching on The Benefits of Offering Butter Lamps. This turned out to be fascinating. Rinpoche talked about the merit we acquire through offering light to the Buddha and to enlightened beings, and some esoteric ideas of colors of containers, such as a white container that may be a turnip! At the end a group of students brought in butter lamps they had created under Lama Karuna’s guidance, including small brass and turnip lamps and one huge one.
On November 22nd, we saw and heard the first half of Mingyur Rinpoche’s wonderful teaching on meditating with sound, “Union of Sound and Emptiness”. The second half will be shown in January.