News and Events

Albany KTC news and information about upcoming special events.

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)

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.

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.

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
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



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.

Upcoming Weekend Program

Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth

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.













Coming up

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Sorry, this teaching is calcelled

*** 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.

Coming Events

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.


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.

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.
Silent Auction

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.


April Events

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!

March 2017 events

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.

February Events

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.

January Events

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.

November Programs

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.

October News

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.

August Events

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.

Save the Date!

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.

June 2016

Posted on June 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth

June Events

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.

May 2016 Events

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.

April 2016

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Last Month

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.

Next Month

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.