This Month’s Schedule

What’s going on this month at Albany KTC!

September 2017

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for September:

Special Teaching: On Sunday, Sept. 10th, we will be honored to host Khenpo David Karma Choephel, back by popular demand!

9 – 9:45 am Chenrezig sadhana,

10 am – 12 and 2:30 pm – 4:30 Khenpo Choepel will teach on the Abhidharma: Buddhist Insights into Reality.

Sunday, Sept. 24th: Fifth Annual North Star Interfaith Peace Walk, 2:00-4:00 PM (meet at the Moses statue in Washington Park in Albany)

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

Sept. 10th: (see above)

Sept. 17th: Book study – Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva), Chapter 8 “Meditation”

Sept. 24th: Lama Zopa Teaching “Types and Benefits of Meditation”

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Sept. 5th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Sept. 12th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Sept. 19nd: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Sept. 26th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Saturday, Sept 16th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. If interested in starting this, please see Lama Zopa first.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

August 2017

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for August and beyond

On Sunday, August 6th, Clare Lowery will give a review of the 8 Brocades, Chi Gong exercises.

On Sunday, August 13th, we will hold our summer picnic at the Colonie Town Park, along the Mohawk River at noon. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Email for directions.

SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday, Sept. 10th, we will be honored to host Khenpo David Karma Choephel, back by popular demand! More information to come as details are being worked out.

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

Aug. 6th: Clare Lowery will give an overview of the 8 Brocades, toning Chi Gong exercises.

Aug. 13th: Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park, on the Mohawk River. (see above)

Aug. 20th: Book study: Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Chap. 8. or beyond.

Aug. 27th: TBA

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Aug. 1st: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Aug. 8th: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Aug. 15th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Aug. 22nd: Short Green Tara Practice, etc.

Aug. 29th: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice, etc.

Saturday, August 26th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting by 10AM. If interested in starting this practice, please see Lama Zopa first.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

July 2017 Schedule

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for July 2017

On Sunday, July 2nd, Lama Zopa will give a talk on The 4 Major Tibetan Dharma Lineages.

On Sunday, July 16th, Lama Zopa will give a talk on The Six Recollections.

On Sunday, July 23rd, we will have a short but important Members Meeting to elect officers for the next 2 years. This is open to all and will be followed by a potluck lunch and the culmination of our Silent Auction to raise funds to offset the cost of our new shrine. More information on that is in an email. We are offering many beautiful items and will also gratefully accept donations. Bidding for Silent Auction items ends July 23. Please come, support your center, and walk away with something beautiful.

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

July 2nd: Lama Zopa will teach on The 4 Major Tibetan Dharma Lineages.

July 9th: No teaching.

July 16th: Lama Zopa will teach on The Six Recollections.

July 23rd: Short Members Meeting/Potluck lunch and Silent Auction (see above, open to all).

July 30th: Book study, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 8, Meditation.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

July 4th: No practicet. Center closed for the holiday. Happy fireworks!

July 11th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

July 18th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

July 25th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Saturday, July 15th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting at 9:30AM. If interested in starting, please see Lama Zopa.

Highlights for May 2017

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

PLEASE NOTE: From now on, the Sunday schedule will be slightly shortened to allow us to finish by noon.

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig, etc. ends by 9:45AM

10AM Meditation, ends by 10:45AM followed by tea, etc.

11AM Teaching

 

On Tuesday, May 2nd at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. All are welcome.

On Friday-Sunday, May 5-7th, we will be showing the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, The Benefits of Chorten (Stupas). Khenpo Rinpoche will teach about their value, meaning, and how to practice with the: Fri. 7-8:30PM, Sat. 10:30AM-noon & 3:30-5PM,Sun. 10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

On Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14th, we will be participating in the Tulip Fest, in Washington Park, Albany, from 11AM-6PM. Albany KTC will be open for Chenrezig and meditation, but there will be no teaching at 11. Come see us at the Tulip Fest instead! Bring your Mom.

On Sunday, May 21st, Lama Zopa will teach, Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig.

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

May 7th: Continuation of webcast teaching at KTD, The Benefits of Chorten. See times above.

May 14th: No teaching at KTC. Come see us at the Tulip Fest!

May 21st: Lama Zopa will teach, Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig.

May 28th: Book study, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 8, Meditation.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

May 2nd: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings tsok. Preparation time is 6:30PM. See above.

May 9th: Short Green Tara practice, etc. .

May 16th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

May 23rd: Short Green Tara practice, etc

May 30th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

Saturday, May 20th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting at 9:30AM.

Please Note: a donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Month of April 2017

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for April 2017- Lots of great teachings, a very full month!

On Tuesday, April 4th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. Prep time is 6:30PM.

On Saturday & Sunday, April 8th-9th, we will host Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, who will give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism. He will follow with a 3-part teaching related to Mind Training, The Eight Stanzas of  Thought Transformation. Times for both days will be 10:30AM to noon and 2-4PM.

On Saturday, April 15th at 9:30AM, we will hold a group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday, April 23rd, meditation will end early, at 10:30AM, to allow time to travel to KTD for lunch and a field trip to the Earth Day weekend activities there. If you plan on attending, please notify the KTD office, in advance, regarding lunch.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

April 2nd: Lama Zopa will teach, The Four Applications of Mindfulness (last introductory talk)

April 8&9: Khenpo Ugyen, The Eight Stanzas of Thought Transformation, (Please see above).

April 16th: Book study, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chap. 7, Heroic Perseverance.

April 23rd: Field trip to KTD for Earth Day weekend. Leaving at 10:30AM. (see above).

April 30th: Lama Zopa will teach, The Five Buddha Families.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

April 4th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings tsok.

April 11th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

April 18th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

April 25th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Saturday, April 15th at 9:30AM: Group Ngondro practice

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

March 2017

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for March 2017 and Beyond

On Tuesday March 7th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share.

On Sunday, March 12th we will continue the introductory series of teachings with The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend. This is important information for all experience levels.

On Saturday March 18th at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday March 19th we will hold a Members Meeting followed by a potluck lunch. The more, the merrier! Please come and support your sangha.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday and Sunday, April 8th & 9th, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and will give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism. Stay tuned!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

March 5th: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 6 continued.

March 12th: Introductory teaching on The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend.

March 19th: Semi-annual Members Meeting followed by a potluck lunch.

March 26th: Lama Zopa will teach, probably on The Four Seals of the View.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

March 7th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok (see above). Prep time is at 6:30PM.

March 14th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

March 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

March 28th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Saturday, March 18th at 9:30AM: Group Ngondro practice

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated

February 2017

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for February 2017

On Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. 6:30PM preparation time.

On weekend of Feb. 10-12, Fri. to Sun., we will show a webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Karma Chagme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations. Prostrations are the first foundation of preliminary practice. Khenpo Rinpoche will teach the meaning and benefits of prostration practice and the story behind Karma Chagme’s prayer.  Fri. 7-9PM, Sat. 10:30AM-noon & 3:30-5PM, and on Sun. 10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 7PM, we will celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year of Female Fire Bird, with special prayers followed by refreshments.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Feb. 5th: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Chap. 6 on Patience.

Feb. 10-12th: Webcast of Khenpo Rinpoche’s KTD teaching, Prayer for Offering Prostrations.

Feb. 19th: Introductory teaching, The 6 Perfections, from Khenpo Rinpoche’s book Excellent at the Beginning.

Feb. 26th: No teaching but we will be cleaning the shrine room in preparation for Losar. Many hands would be appreciated!

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Feb. 7th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, lead by Laura Roth. (see above)

Feb. 14th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Feb. 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Feb. 28th: Losar celebration

Saturday, Feb. 25th: Ngondro group practice starting at 9:30AM for those qualified.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by nonmembers for Sunday teachings is appreciated

January 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for January 2017

Albany KTC will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd, for Chenrezig. This is the first day of school for students at Doane Stuart. Everyone is encouraged to attend First Light at KTD on January 1st.

Weekend of Jan. 7 & 8th. Unfortunately, Lama Karma Drodul has had to cancel our planned weekend teaching so that he could be available for Khenpo Rinpoche. However, Lama Karma will be able to participate in the Blessing for our new shrine, on Sunday, Jan. 8th, at 2:30PM, to be followed by a reception. In addition, we are able to schedule a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok on Saturday, January 7th, which is Guru Rinpoche Day. The Tsok will begin at 10AM. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alchoholic drink to share.

On Saturday, Jan. 14th, at 10AM, we will have a long-term planning meeting at Albany KTC. This meeting is open to all who are interested.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

Jan. 8th: Book study on The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 6.

Jan. 15th: Lama Zopa will teach on The Four Immeasurables, continuing the introductory talks.

Jan. 22nd: Lama Zopa will teach on Bodhicitta and the 7-Branch Prayer.

Jan. 29th: Book study on The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Continuation.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

Jan. 3rd: Chenrezig/Amitabha (Plus: cleaning the shrine room, starting at 5PM)

Jan. 10th: Short Green Tara, etc.    Jan. 24th: Short Green Tara, etc.

Jan. 17th: Chenrezig/Amitabha      Jan. 31st: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Saturday Events

Jan. 7th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, 10AM

Jan. 14th: Long-term Planning meeting at 10AM. Please come and have a voice!

Jan. 21st: Ngondro Group practice for those qualified. Starts at 9:30AM.

Please Note: a donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

December 2016

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights for December 2016

On Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at 9:30 AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday, Dec. 4th, Laura will continue the introductory series by teaching the 4th talk, Sending and Receiving Meditation.

On Sunday, Dec. 11th, Lama Zopa will continue the introductory series by teaching on The Refuge Vow.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Doane Stuart will be closed for break from Dec. 16th and will open on Jan. 2nd for school. We will not be opening KTC until January. However, we will be having our Holiday Party on Dec. 17th at Marilyn McKee’s home, 4 – 7PM. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Call or email Joan ((518) 872-1629 etc, director@albanyktc.org) for directions to Marilyn’s. Hope to see you there!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

Dec. 4: 4th Introductory talk, Sending and Receiving Meditation, taught by Laura Roth.

Dec. 11: 5th Introductory talk, The Refuge Vow, taught by Lama Zopa.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM 

Dec. 6: Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Dec. 13: Short Green Tara, etc.

Saturday Programs

Dec. 3, 9:30AM:Group Ngondro Practice for those qualified

Please Note: A donation of $5 by nonmembers for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Highlights for November 2016

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Laura Roth

Saturday, Nov. 5th, is the last day of the long-life Drupchod retreat at KTD. Everyone isencouraged to attend, even a part of this. See Lama Zopa’s email of 10/29. Times are 8AM-12 & 2-5:30PM each day from 10/30/16 to 11/5/16. Afternoon of Sat. 11/5 will be an empowerment.

On Sun., Nov. 6th Lama Zopa will teach the 3rd in the series of introductory teachings, Ethical Foundations of Buddhist Practice, from Khenpo Rinpoche’s book, Excellent at the Beginning.

Tues. Nov. 8th is Election day. We will not be open. However, on Wed. Nov. 9th, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice, or bottled tea.

Fri. through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, we will show a webcast of Khenpo Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Blessings of Mani Pills. Fri. 7-8:30PM, Sat. 10:30-12 & 3:30-5, Sun. 10:30-12 & 2:30-4.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Nov. 6: Lama Zopa will teach, Ethical Foundations of Buddhist Practice. (See above)

Nov. 13: No KTC teaching, but will be open for Chenrezig practice and meditation. People are encouraged to attend Lodro Nyima Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD: The Mind of Bodhicitta.

Nov. 18-20: Webcast of KTD teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. (See above)

Nov. 27: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 6.

Mid-week Programs at 7PM:

Tues., Nov. 1: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Tues., Nov. 8: Election day, no program

Wed., Nov. 9: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

Tues., Nov. 15: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Tues., Nov. 22: Short Green Tara, etc.

Tues., Nov. 29: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

October 2016

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday at 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second & Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Highlights for October 2016

On Tuesday, Oct. 4th, we will dedicate our Chenrezig/Amitabha practice to the memory of Lou Ferayorni, who died last year on October 5th. Hard to believe it’s been a year already.

On Saturday, Oct. 8th, at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday, Oct. 9th, Lama Zopa will complete his important teaching series on The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma, by teaching the 4th thought, Defects of Samsara.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11th, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice or bottled tea.

On Sundays, Oct. 23rd & 30th, we will begin offering a series of introductory teachings based on Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book Excellent at the Beginning, which is available at our bookstore. This series will be taught by senior students, beginning with Laura Roth. This is very important information for people new to our center and a good review for more experienced practitioners as well.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM

Oct. 2: Lama Zopa will answer questions from the book study on The Way of the Bodhisattva.

Oct. 9: Lama Zopa will teach on the 4th of the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma.

Oct. 16: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 5.

Oct. 23: 1st talk of the introductory series, Connecting with the Buddhist teachings. (see above)

Oct. 30: 2nd talk of the introductory series, The Practice of Meditation

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

Oct. 4: Chenrezig/Amitabha (dedicated to Lou Ferayorni)

Oct. 11: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Oct. 18: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Oct. 25: Short Green Tara, etc.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Highlights for September 2016

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth

On Saturday, Sept. 3rd, Khenpo Rinpoche’s Birthday party will be celebrated at noon in the dining hall at KTD. All are welcome.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13th, at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice or bottled tea.

On Sunday, Sept. 18th, we will hold a Members’ Meeting. Please come. Your presence is vital.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday, Sept. 25th, Lama Zopa will continue his series of teachings on the Four Thoughts, covering the third thought, Karmic Cause and Effect

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

Sept. 4: DVD: Sacred Tibet, the Path to Mt. Kailash, with Paul Horn.

Sept. 11: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 4.

Sept. 18: Members’ Meeting (short and sweet)

Sept. 25: Lama Zopa will teach on the 3rd of the Four Thoughts: Karmic Cause and Effect.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

Sept. 6: Chenrezig/Amitabha and phowa

Sept. 13: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Sept. 20: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Sept. 27: Short Green Tara

Highlights for July, 2016

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Please note: Lama Zopa will not be teaching in July as he will be away and on retreat for most of the month. Our schedule of offerings will be lighter this summer. Long Green Tara Practice and Guru Rinpoche tsoks (feast offerings) will resume in September.

On Saturday, July 16th, at 9:30AM, group Ngondro for those qualified.

On Sunday, July 31st, at noon, instead of a teaching, we will hold our Annual Summer Picnic at the Colonie Town Park, near the Mohawk River. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

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.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

July 3rd: No special program after the 10AM sitting, due to the holiday weekend.

July 10th: Question & Answer session, led by Joan. This weekend is the North American Kagyu Monlam, being held at Karma Thubten Choling, in Wappingers Falls. Many of our members will be attending the monlam.

July 17th: Video of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa teaching: Meditation, Source of Inner Peace.

July 24th: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva, Chapter 2.

July 31st: Annual Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park, scheduled at noon. Please bring a vegetarian dish or drinks to share.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

July 5th: Chenrezig/Amitabha

July 12th: Green Tara

July 19th: Chenrezig/Amitabha

July 26th: Green Tara

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. 

Schedule for June 2016

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights for June 2016

On Saturday, June 4th, we will be exhibiting at the VegFest, sponsored by the Albany Vegan Network at the Polish Community Center on Washington Ave. Extension from 10AM to 5PM. Please enjoy and stop by to show your support.

On Sunday, June 5th, Lama Zopa will complete his teaching on the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma. This is an important teaching for those who wish to progress along the path.

On Saturday, June 11th, we will hold Long Green Tara practice, starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat or eggs before the practice.

On Sunday, June 12th, Lama Zopa will teach about the Medicine Buddha and will give the mantra/dharani transmissions for both the Medicine Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha.

On Tuesday, June 14th, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, nuts, fruit, cookies, chips, juice, or bottled tea.

On Saturday, June 18th, starting at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro for those qualified.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

June 5th: Lama Zopa will teach on the last 2 of the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma: Karma and Shortcomings of Samsara.

June 12th: Lama Zopa will give transmissions of the mantra/dharani for Medicine Buddha and for Shakyamuni Buddha.

June 19th: Video about the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Recalling a Buddha.

June 26th: Book study; introduction to Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

June 7th: Chenrezig/Amitabha followed by Phowa practice for advanced students.

June 14th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok.

June 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha

June 28th: Short Green Tara

Thursdays: The last Dakpo Targyen class before summer break will be on June 2nd, at 6:30PM.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated

Schedule for May 2016

Posted on April 26th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights for May 2016

On Sunday, May 1st, Lama Zopa will begin a 2-part teaching on The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma. He will cover the first two: Precious human life and Impermanence.

On Saturday, May 7th, at 9:30AM, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice. Please do not eat meat or eggs before the practice.

On Saturday, May 14th, at 9:30AM, we will hold a group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Tuesday, May 17th, at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice or bottled tea.

On Saturday, May 21st there will be a field trip to Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi to participate in Amitabha retreat prayers and interment of ashes in the Columbarium for dear ones who have passed, including Lou Ferayorni.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

May 1: Lama Zopa will teach on the first two of The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma.

May 8: Lama Zopa will give an introduction to the Mani mantra, followed by short Chenrezig sadhana and chanting of Mani’s for accumulation for the Million Mani Retreat at KTD.

May 15: We will clean the shrine for Saka Dawa and hold a group meeting to plan for our participation in the VegFest on June 4 at the Polish Community Center. More to follow.

May 22: We will celebrate Saka Dawa, anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment and parinirvana, with special prayers after a brief introduction by Lama Zopa.

May 29: Book study: Into the Heart of Life, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Chapter 9.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

May 3: Chenrezig/Amitabha and phowa         May 17: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

May 10: Short Green Tara, etc.                        May 24: Short Green Tara, etc.

May 31: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Thursdays: Dakpo Targyen class on May 5 and May 26 only.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Schedule for April 2016

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights for April 2016

On the 1st weekend, April 1-3, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching The Teacher and Student Relationship will be webcasted from KTD. This is an important teaching for those who want to progress with their practice. Friday, 7-9PM, Sat. 10:30AM-noon & 3:30-5, Sun. PM 1 hr. earlier.

On Saturday, April 9th at 9:30AM, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice. Please do not eat meat or eggs before the practice.

On Sunday, April 10th at 11:15AM, there will be a Members’ meeting. We need you. Your attendance and participation are vital.

On Saturday, April 16th at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice. This is restricted to Ngondro practitioners. Those who want to start Ngondro should interview with Lama Zopa.

On Tuesday, April 19th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice or bottled tea.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

April 3: Continuation of webcast of Khenpo Rinpoche’s The Teacher and Student Relationship.

April 10: Semi-annual Members’ Meeting. All are welcome. Agenda to be emailed.

April 17: Book study: Into the Heart of Life, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Chapter 8

April 24: Lama Zopa will lead a shortened meditation, ending at 10:30AM, so that people can make it to KTD in time for lunch and afternoon activities for Earth Day weekend.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

April 5: Chenrezig/Amitabha/Phowa             April 19: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

April 12: Short Green Tara, etc.                     April 26: Short Green Tara, etc.

Thursdays at 6:30PM: Dakpo Targyen class will meet April 7, 14, 21, and 28

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Schedule for March 2016

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights 

On Saturday, March 5th, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat or eggs prior to the practice.

On Tuesday, March 15th, at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche, Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice, or bottled tea.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20th, Lama Tobden, also known as Wufang, will be visiting our center. Lama Tobden will be giving a one-day teaching on Qi Gong on Saturday, from 10AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4:30PM. He will also lead us in a guided meditation on Chenrezig on Sunday, at 11:15AM.

On Saturday, March 26th, we will hold group Ngondro (foundation) practice, from 9:30AM to noon. This group was requested by and is restricted to Ngondro practitioners. Those who are interested in starting Ngondro practice should interview with Lama Zopa.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

March 6: Teaching by Lama Zopa, topic TBD.

March 13: Book study: Into the Heart of Life, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Chap. 7 continued.

March 20: Guided meditation on Chenrezig, led by Lama Tobden (see above).

March 27: Teaching video (topic TBD)

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

March 1: Chenrezig/Amitabha/Phowa March 22: Green Tara

March 8: Green Tara March 29: Chenrezig/Amitabha

March 15: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Schedule for February 2016

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Laura Roth

Highlights for February:

On Saturday, February 6th, we will be doing a cleaning day to ready the shrine for Losar, from 10AM to noon. Volunteers are welcome and needed.

On Tuesday, February 9th, at 6:30PM, we will celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with a vegetarian potluck preceded by the 21 Praises to Tara and the 12 Deeds of the Buddha.

On Saturday, February 13th, we will hold Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat or eggs prior to the practice.

On Tuesday, February 16th, at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche, Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as crackers, cheese, cookies, nuts, fruit, chips, juice, or tea.

On Saturday, February 20th, we will hold group Ngondro practice, from 9:30AM to noon.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Feb. 7: Second half of Mingyur Rinpoche video Sound and Emptiness will be re-shown.

Feb. 14: Marilyn McKee will give a teaching on Tonglen.

Feb. 21: Book study: Into the Heart of Life, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Chap. 7 continued.

Feb. 28: Laura Roth will teach, Introduction to Tibetan Language.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Feb. 2: Chenrezig/Amitabha/Phowa  Feb. 16: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

Feb. 9: Losar Celebration at 6:30PM (see above)  Feb. 23: Short Green Tara

Dakpo Targyen: There will be no Dakpo Targyen classes as Lama Zopa will be in India.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Highlights for December 2015

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

      10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

      11:15AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday, 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice   

Second and Fourth Tuesdays Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Highlights for December 2015

Note: The Doane Stuart School building will be closed during vacation from December 19th to January 3rd. Therefore, our regular Sunday programs will not be held on December 20th and 27th and there will be no Tuesday practice on Dec 22nd and 29th. Regular programs will resume in early January, probably on Sunday, January 3rd. We wish everyone peace and happiness for the holiday season and the New Year.

During the break, there will be several programs of interest at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra: Lama Karma Drodhul teaching on “Transforming Difficulties Through the Six Perfections”, on Dec. 18-20, the Amitabha Retreat on Dec. 27-31, and First Light on Jan. 1, 2016. We encourage KTC members to take advantage of these programs.

Special Events:

On Sunday, December 6 we will have a Members’ Meeting. Your participation is very important. We will keep the agenda and the meeting short, but we need your input. An agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.

On Saturday, December 12 we will hold a Holiday party from 4 to 7 pm at Marilyn’s. Call or email KTC for directions. Please try to bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic drink to share.

On Tuesday, December 15th at 7PM, we will have a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM and all are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as crackers, cookies, cheese, fruit, nuts, chips, candy, juice, or tea.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:

Dec. 6: Members’ Meeting

Dec. 13: Lama Zopa will teach about The Four Seals.

Dec. 20 and Dec. 27Center Closed

Tuesday Programs at 7PM: Dec. 1: Chenrezig and Amitabha, Dec. 8: Green Tara, Dec. 15: Guru Rinpoche Tsok

Note: Lama Zopa will restart the Dakpo Targyen class on Thursdays, December 10th and 17th.

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 the website: www.albanyktc.org

Albany KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center, meeting at Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, NY 12144   (518) 872-1629 ktc.info@albanyktc.org

 

 

Highlights for November 2015

Posted on October 31st, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule

Sunday:   9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM Teaching or Other Program

Tuesday at 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second & Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Highlights for November 2015

On Saturday, November 7th, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30 AM.  Please do not eat meat or eggs before the practice.

On the weekend of November 13-15, we will show the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Benefits of Offering Butterlamps. Hours are Friday 7-9PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 12noon and 3:30-5PM, Sunday 10:30AM to 12noon and 2:30-4PM.

On Sunday, November 22nd, we will show an unusual but delightful video of Yongey Mingyur  Rinpoche teaching on mindful listening to music.

On Tuesday, November 24th, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in  which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as cheese, crackers, nuts, cookies, fruit, chips, juice, tea, or soda.

 

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Nov. 1st: Book Study: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo, continuing Chapter 6.

Nov. 8th: Lama Zopa will teach, Meditation Instruction by Milarepa, Lord of Yogis

Nov. 15th: Continuation of webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s weekend teaching at KTD: Benefits of Offering Butterlamps. See above for times.

Nov. 22nd: Video teaching by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on mindful listening to music.

Nov. 29th: Book Study: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo, chapter TBD.

 

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Nov. 3rd: Chenrezig and Amitabha.       Nov. 10th: Short Green Tara/Confession of Downfalls

Nov. 17th: Chenrezig and Amitabha     Nov. 24th: Guru Rinpoche Tsok (see above)

 

Please Note: Lama Zopa is available on a limited basis for scheduled interviews to answer questions and to give advice on personal practice. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins (872-1629).

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. 

 

Highlights for October 2015

Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule:

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

     10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

     11:15AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7:00PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

     Second and Fourth Tuesdays Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice,     and Confession of Downfalls

Special Events:

On Saturday, October 3rd, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice, starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Tuesday, October 13th, at 7PM, we will welcome Karma Choephel, translator for the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, to give a talk on The Heart Sutra.

On Tuesday, October 20th, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice. This is an offering of the five sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Preparation is at 6:30PM. All are welcome. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or drink, such as cheese, crackers, nuts, cookies, fruit, chips, juice, tea, or soda.

On Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, we will welcome Lama Kathy Wesley back. She will give a public talk at 7PM on Friday, Making Life a Spiritual Journey. On Saturday, Lama Kathy will give a one-day teaching, Aspiration and Inspiration: Deepening Dharma Practice, from 10:30AM to noon and from 2:30 to 4PM.

Sunday Programs at 11:15 AM:

Oct. 4th: Lama Zopa will teach: Chenrezig: Cultivating the Heart of Compassion.

Oct. 11th: Lama Zopa will teach: Four Immeasurables and Tonglen.

Oct. 18th: Book discussion: Into the Heart of Life by Tenzin Palmo. Chap. 6: Six Perfections.

Oct. 25th: Video of 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, teaching in Germany on Chenrezig.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Oct. 6th: Chenrezig and Amitabha

Oct. 13th: Karma Choephel teaching on Heart Sutra.

Oct. 20th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok practice.

Oct. 27th: Short Green Tara, Confession of Downfalls, 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche.

Please Note: a $5 donation by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Highlights for September 2015

Posted on September 15th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule

Sunday:

9 AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10 AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15 AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7:00 PM:

First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second, Fourth Tuesdays 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Special Programs

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

On Thursday, September 10th, at 7PM, we will host a Story Circle with the theme of Buddhist stories. At 6:30PM, we will offer a tour of our shrine room for Story Circle participants.

On Saturday, September 19th, at 9:30AM, we will hold a Long Green Tara Practice. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Tuesday, September 22nd, at 7PM, we will have a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Practice. This is a feast offering to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. All are welcome. Preparation is at 6:30PM. Try to bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink such as cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, fruit, candy, nuts, juice, tea, or soda.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, at 6PM, Lama Zopa will be giving an introductory talk at the Honest Weight Food Coop. The title is Practical Buddhist Meditation for Daily Life.

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 2-4:30 PM.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Sept. 6: Lama Zopa will continue his teaching series on the Kagyu Lineage.

Sept. 13: Video of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s teaching in Kingston, NY on Taking Refuge.

Sept. 20: Book study, Into the Heart of Life, by Tenzin Palmo. Continuation of Chap. 6. The Six Perfections.

Sept. 27: Continuation of Lama Losang’s teaching, The Art of Living. See description above.

Please Note: Lama Zopa is available for scheduled interviews to answer questions and give advice regarding personal practice. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins (872-1629).

Also Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Highlights for August 2015

Posted on August 4th, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule:

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

     10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

     11:15AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

     Second, Fourth Tuesdays 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Special Events:

On Sunday, August 2nd, at noon, instead of a teaching, we will hold our Annual Summer Picnic at the Colonie Town Park, near the Mohawk River. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Carpooling is encouraged. For directions, please refer to a separate email regarding the picnic.

On Saturday, August 8th, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice. Many Thanks to Lama Lodro Lhamo, who has gifted us with a beautiful Green Tara torma (offering) from her Green Tara retreat recently given at KTD.

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!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

August 2nd: KTC Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park on the Mohawk River at noon.

August 9th: Continuation of the book study, Into the Heart of Life, by Tenzin Palmo, chapter 5, Renunciation. Session facilitator, TBA.

August 16th: Video of a teaching by His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at Tergar in Madison, Wisconsin, during his visit to the USA this spring. The teaching is entitled, The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer.

August 23rd: Lama Zopa will continue his teaching series on the founders and masters of the Kagyu lineage, focusing this week on the life of Gampopa.

August 30th: Continuation of the book study, Into the Heart of Life, by Tenzin Palmo, chapter 6, The Six Perfections. Session facilitator, TBA.

Please Note: Lama Zopa is available on a limited basis this month for scheduled interviews to answer questions and give advice regarding personal practice. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins at (518) 872-1629.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated. 

Highlights for July 2015

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by Laura Roth

Regular Schedule

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

10AM Meditation Practice (Instruction Available)

11:15AM Teaching or other program

Tuesday 7PM: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesdays Chenrezig/Amitabha Practice

Second, Fourth Tuesdays 7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Short Green Tara Practice, and Confession of Downfalls

Special Events:

On Saturday, July 4th, at noon, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 92nd Birthday will be celebrated at KTD with a party feast, birthday cake, and sangha offerings. All are welcome. For meal planning purposes, please let the monastery know if you plan on coming (845-679-5906 x3).

On Saturday, July 11th, we will hold a Long Green Tara practice starting at 9:30AM. Please do not eat meat before the practice.

On Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, we will show the webcast of Khenpo Karthar’s teaching on Nyungne, Part 2. Friday, 7 to 8:30pm and Saturday, 10:30am to noon and 3:30 to 5pm.

On the weekend of July 24 – 26, Lama Lodro Lhamo will begin her Green Tara teaching/retreat at KTD. She will be focusing on the text, ritual, chanting, music, and tormas over the weekend. This is a great opportunity for those who have expressed an interest in learning these areas. For the remainder of the retreat, from Monday, the 27th, to Wednesday, the 29th, Lama Lodro Lhamo will lead Green Tara practice sessions.

On Sunday, August 2nd, instead of a teaching, we will hold our Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park. Save the date!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

July 5th: We will show a video teaching by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

July 12th: Member’s Meeting will be held instead of a teaching. All are encouraged to attend.

July 19th: Lama Zopa will continue his teaching on the Karma Kagyu lineage masters.

July 26th: Continuation of the book study, Into the Heart of Life, by Tenzin Palmo, chap. 4. Session facilitator TBA.

August 2nd: KTC Summer Picnic at Colonie Town Park.

Please note: Lama Zopa is available for scheduled interviews to answer questions and give advice regarding personal practice. He will be available from July 6 to July 20th and from July 28 to the end of the month. To schedule an interview, please call Joan Atkins at 872-1629.

Also Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.