News and Events

Albany KTC news and information about upcoming special events.

March event

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Laura Roth

On the weekend of March 13-15, 2015, we presented a live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD on Why Buddhists Are Giving Up Meat.

Last Month

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Laura Roth

On Thursday, February 19, we had a wonderful Losar, Tibetan New Year celebration for the Wood Sheep Year. Khenpo Tenkyong came for his first visit to our center along with a number of people from our KTD family.

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by Laura Roth

On Saturday, January 10, Lama Lodro Lhamo inspired us with a one-day teaching and practice of the female buddha Green Tara. This is the long form of the Green Tara Sadhana—The Profound Essence of Tara—that is done daily at KTD. We now plan to do the Green Tara practice once a month on a Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. Participants should refrain from eating meat before the puja.

Lama Zopa brought back a beautiful Mandala from Nepal, which is now set up in front of our shrine. People are welcome to decorate it with semiprecious stones and coins.

Lama Losang Retreat

Posted on December 7th, 2014 by Laura Roth

On Friday Evening and Saturday, December 5 and 6 we had a wonderful teaching by Lama Losang. He gave us an rigorous introduction to Chinese healing methods, outlining meridians connected with our various organs, and showing us some key acupressure/acupuncture points for healing a variety of ills. We also had a brief introduction to Chi Kung. Lama Losang promised to return in the future for further teachings on this fascinating subject.

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Laura Roth

Coming Up:The final class for the Intro Course will be Compassion Meditation on December 7

On December 5-6, Lama Losang will visit Albany KTC and lead a retreat on The Art of Living, exploring effective methods for enhancing health and happiness, based on traditional Asian healing principles.

Here is the announcement:

Dr. David Bole (Lama Losang) will present a public talk on “The Art of Living,” exploring traditional Oriental healing methods, such as acupressure and Chi Kung, for enhancing health and happiness, on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7 PM at Karma Thegsum Chöling Buddhist Center, located in the Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Avenue in Renssaeleer, NY. Dr. Bole has a PhD in Psychology and is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, and as well has completed a three-year meditation retreat in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This program will continue with a one-day retreat including meditation, Tai Chi, and Asian healing methods on Saturday December 6. A donation of $15 is suggested for the public talk and $40 for the retreat. For more information contact Albany KTC at or 434-7420 or visit


June Events

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by Laura Roth

On the Weekend of June 7-8 we enjoyed a visit from Lama Karma Drodul. He gave a public talk on Transforming Difficulties and Problems into Good Fortune, and continued with a teaching on The 8 Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Tangpa. The practice of Lojong or Mind Training is training the mind to cultivate bodhichitta, the awakening mind of compassion and wisdom. On Sunday afternoon Lama Karma gave refuge to two people and inspired us with an Amitayus empowerment.


Posted on June 8th, 2014 by Laura Roth

May Events

On Tuesday, May 27, at 7 PM Lama Tsultrim Yeshe from Hay River KTC visited Albany KTC and inspired us with a teaching on Cultivating Loving-kindness and Compassion.


Posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Laura Roth

April Events

On Sunday April 20 we had a visit from Lama Lodro Lhamo, who taught on The History and Importance of Tara, the Female Buddha. Lama Lodro gave us a description of how to visualize all 21 Taras.

On Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, we were inspired by the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD: Dharma & Everyday Life: 100 Verses of Advice by Padampa Sangye. Unfortunately on Sunday morning the Webcast didn’t work, so we had a general Dharma discussion.

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by Laura Roth

March Events: On March 7-9, Lama Tashi Dondrup from Toronto visited Albany KTC. He inspired us with teachings on the practice of Amitabha Buddha and as well gave refuge and an Amitabha empowerment. Four people took refuge in the Buddhist Path.

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Laura Roth

Jan-Feb Events:

Losar Celebration: Losar, The Year of the Wood Horse, was Friday, January 31, and several of us were able to attend the service at KTD Monastery. The traditional Green Tara Puja was held at 8 AM instead of 6 AM, the previously announced hour. Had we known, more folks could have gone down from KTC. Maybe next year!

KTC celebrated Losar On Sunday, February 2, with special prayers and a delicious vegetarian pot luck lunch.

December Programs

Posted on December 31st, 2013 by Laura Roth

On December 1, we had our first You Tube teaching, on Lam Rim, or The Gradual Path by the Gyalwang Karmapa! We were only able to see the first part of it, but what we saw was most inspiring.

On December 21, our pot luck at the Atkin’s house was most enjoyable, including the video of The Life of Milarapa, Part 1.

Otherwise December was pretty quiet, what with bad weather and the school closing. We reconvened on January 5, 2014.

October Events

Posted on October 31st, 2013 by Laura Roth

The live webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD on October 4-6, Applying The Buddha’s Teaching to Everyday Life, went off well, thanks to our great internet team, and most of the questions we submitted were answered.

We had a great turnout for Lama Samten’s talk on Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha on October 22.


September events

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by Laura Roth

We had a wonderful visit from Lodro Nyima Rinpoche on September 10. His talk on Buddha Nature was well attended and very inspiring and deep. Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Thrangu Monastery in Tibet. He came to the U.S. in August to participate in the 90th birthday celebration of his uncle, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, at KTD Monastery in Woodstock. He also undertook a week-long White Tara retreat at Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi for Khenpo Rinpoche’s long life. The Albany KTC event was the only public talk Lodro Nyima Rinpoche gave in this country during his visit.

August Events

Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by Laura Roth

From August 23 to September 1 of 3013, our parent monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock held the annual Ten Day Teaching by our beloved master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche which included a celebration of Rinpoche’s 90th Birthday. This year Rinpoche taught on Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s The Torch of Certainty, which describes the preliminary practices of Ngöndro. The teaching went on through Thursday August 29, and then Friday through Sunday morning there was a special long life practice or puja of White Tara for Rinpoche’s longevity. During the White Tara puja, many Kagyu centers and groups presented offerings to Rinpoche, including mandalas and symbolic representations of body, speech, and mind as well as monetary and physical offerings. Albany KTC participated eagerly in this parade of offerings. Also many individuals made offerings to all the monks, nuns and lamas present.

The week included a Chenrezig empowerment by Lodro Nyima Rinpoche, a White Tara Empowerment by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a silent auction and raffle for benefit of the monastery, an elaborate birthday party, and finally distribution of 155 White Tara statues that were sponsored by individuals and centers including Albany KTC.

July events

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by Laura Roth

We had a great visit from Khenpo Ugyen on July 9-10. His Introduction to Buddhism was well attended and well received, while Wednesday’s Q&A was helpful to all of us. On Wednesday we had an enjoyable time taking Khenpo Ugyen to Lake George for a boat trip on the Minne-Ha-Ha. The rain held off for the boat trip and it didn’t really pour until we got to a restaurant.

On July 14 we had fine though hot weather for our picnic at the beautiful Colonie Town Park on the shore of the Hudson River. There was delicious food and good company.

May Events

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by Laura Roth

In May we had our Spring Picnic in the cafeteria at Doane Stuart, with microwaved veggie burgers and veggie italian sausages, together with other delicious contributions from everyone. We were grateful for not being rained on or frozen. but if summer ever comes we hope to have a real picnic in July.


A new website!

Posted on May 12th, 2013 by jalbanyk

We would like to welcome you to the new version of the Albany KTC website.

Our old site was a bit difficult to update and could be a bit confusing to navigate, so we’ve done an almost complete rewrite of the site that will allow for more timely updates while making it easier to find things.

A few of the features from the old site, such as our dowloadable teachings, haven’t made it over to the new site yet, but they will be here soon.

If you should have any problems with the new site, find something missing, would like to see something added (or whatever!) please drop us a note –

Spring, 2013 Teachings – and a new piece of equipment!

Posted on May 12th, 2013 by jalbanyk

This spring we had some wonderful programs.
Karen Lucic’s fascinating slide show on March 24 of her pilgrimage to India and Nepal was enhanced by showing it on a flat screen TV, and that inspired us to purchase a large flat screen TV with the welcomed help of Karen Roth.

This greatly enhanced our viewing of the webcast from KTD Monastery of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s inspiring teachings on April 5-7.

Meanwhile Lama Pema Tsewang from Vancouver gave an evening teaching on The Four Dharmas of Gampopa on March 26th, and Lama Tashi Dondrup from Toronto gave an evening teaching on The Three Principle Aspects of the Path on April 3. We are truly blessed.