News and Events

Albany KTC news and information about upcoming special events.

February 2016

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Laura Roth


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.


Last Month

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.

This Month

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.


November Events

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.

October Events

Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Laura Roth

We were delighted to welcome David Karma Choephel to Albany KTC on October 13. He gave a wonderful teaching on the Heart Sutra, one of the most profound but least understood teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. A translator and a monk, David Karma Choephel brought to this teaching a depth of understanding from working with the most eminent masters of the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition.

On October 23 and 24 we enjoyed a visit from Lama Kathy Wesley, a popular teacher from Columbus KTC. She gave a public talk “Making Life a Spiritual Journey” on Friday evening, and taught on Saturday on “Aspiration and Inspiration; Deepening Dharma Practice”. She inspired us with her kindness and wisdom.

Albany KTC is located in the Doane Stuart School at 199 Washington Ave in Rensselaer. Park in the lot on Forbes Avenue to the left side of the school, and enter on that side, the last set of doors from the front.


Posted on September 16th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Last Month

On Sunday, August 2nd, we held our Annual Summer Picnic, at the Colonie Town Park, in beautiful shady spot near the Mohawk River. Many people came and we had a great time!

Special Event

From Friday through Sunday, September 25-27, Lama Losang, visiting from Florida, will give his popular teaching, The Art of Living. Hours are Friday from 7-8:30PM, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30AM to noon and from 2:30-4PM.

Posted on August 4th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Last Month:

On Saturday, July 4th, we celebrated Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 92nd birthday at KTD.

On Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, we showed the webcast of Khenpo Karthar’s teaching on Nyungne, Part 2.

Coming up:

On Tuesday, September 1st, at 7 PM, Lama Yeshe Tsultrim, visiting from Wisconsin, will give a public talk, Practical Advice for Helping Others. Save the date

Posted on July 14th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Last Month: 

On Saturday, June 6th, we enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Vassar College to see the exhibit on the art of Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara, curated and explained beautifully by Karen Lucic; as well as a trip to Tubten Choling Tibetan Center in Wappingers Falls. We met and made offerings to Lama Norlha, saw the beautiful stupa, and toured the new retreat center. All had a great time.

Upcoming Special Events:

On August 2nd we will have a picnic at Colonie Town Park.  Bring a vegetarian dish or non alcoholic beverage to share.

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by Laura Roth

***Special Event***: Lama Karma Drodul will visit Albany KTC on the weekend of May 9-10. He will lead our Green Tara practice on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 AM and will give a talk on Sunday at 10:30 AM. For more details see the May Schedule.

April Events:  The last half of April was an exciting time, as His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived at his seat at KTD and gave many wonderful teachings, including public talks at the Ulster Performing Arts Center and in the town of Woodstock, an empowerment for KTD members, teachings at KTD, and visits to Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. The Karmapa also visited Kagyu centers in Redhook and Wappingers Falls. For more information, including webcasts of the teachings and wonderful pictures, please visit KTD’s website: or visit

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.