This Week’s Schedule

What’s going on this week at Albany KTC!

Week of May 21, 2018

Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 5/22 7PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok set up begins at 6:30.  A tsok is a feast gathering and a powerful purification practice where we chant and make food offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.

 
Sunday 5/27
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 video teaching on the “Four Dharmas of Gampopa”, by HH the 17th Karmapa
Wishing you a safe and auspicious Memorial Day Weekend.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
“The 17th Karmapa is not an emanation of Guru Rinpoche.  He is Guru Rinpoche.”
 
-Tai Situ Rinpoche-
Week of May 14-20, 2018

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 5/15 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 5/17 7 PM Powa practice for those who have the training
 
Sunday 5/20
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15  Lama Zopa will teach on “The 8 Auspicious Symbols” 
Please note in order to begin our sessions promptly, we ask that you kindly arrive a few minutes beforehand.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
A sense of well-being, regardless of the fluctuation of outer and inner experiences, is one of the clearest ways to understand what Buddhists mean by happiness.
 
Mingyur Rinpoche,
Week of May 7-13, 2018

Posted on May 7th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Tues 5/8 7 PM Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 5/12 & Sunday 5/13 
 
🌷🌷Tulip Fest🌷🌷Washington Park, Albany 
we will have a booth (#318) at the fest.  Please stop by to enjoy the beautiful tulips and say hi!
 
Sunday 5/13 Happy Mother’s Day!
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-noon Book study Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society, Chapter 5 “From Empathy to Courageous Compassion”.
Please note we like to begin our programs promptly on the hour so please try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes beforehand to get situated.  
 
Wishing all sentient beings who have been our Mothers to have a blessed Mother’s Day!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.
 
The Buddha, from the Karaniya Metta Sutta
Week of April 30 – May 6, 2018

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 5/1 7PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 5/5 10 AM – 12 and 2 PM – 4  Dakpo Targyen class for those who are enrolled
 
Sunday 5/6
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12  Lama Zopa teaching on the Short Medicine Buddha practice

May this first week of May be simply lovely, filled with sunshine, gentle breezes and budding flowers.

 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Empathy enables us to reach across differences and connect as equals.  It does so by cutting straight through the walls that we build up around us and allowing us to touch the core of our equality:  the ability to experience pain and joy.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
Week of April 23-29, 2018

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 4/24 7:00 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok. A tsok is a powerful purification practice where we chant and make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Kindly bring a snack such as cookies, crackers chips, fruit or nuts or a non-alcoholibeverage  to share.  Please note set up begins at 6:30.
 
Friday 4/27 – Sunday 4/29 . Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is giving a weekend long webcast teaching on “Aspiration Prayer of Sukavati” which we will show on our big screen TV at our center.  
  • Friday 7 PM – 8:30
  • Saturday 10:30 AM – noon and 3:30 – 5 PM
  • Sunday 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig practice
  • 10:30 – noon and 2:30 – 4 PM  Webcast teaching continues

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan 

Just as equality must ultimately be applied universally, so must our compassion, love and sense of responsibility.  They must continue to expand until we willingly and enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to benefit any being with whom we come into contact. 

17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje from the book Interconnected:  Embracing Life in Our Global Society

Week of April 14-20, 2018

Posted on April 15th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 4/17 7 – 8 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 4/19 7 – 8 PM Powa practice for those who received instruction 
 
Sunday 4/22
  • 9AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10 AM shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching on “Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Essence of the Earth”
Wishing all sentient beings health, happiness, peace and prosperity.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of April 2018

Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
4/10 10 AM There will be a special practice at KTD, which all KTC members are encouraged to attend.  We will not, therefore, have our usual Tuesday evening sadhana.
 
Sunday 4/15 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-12 Book study, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
The best signs of success are a decreasing of self-centerdness and
 the easing of mental afflictions.
 
Gampopa, The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
Week of April 2-8, 2018

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by Laura Roth

We are happy to announce that Albany KTC is now offering the Medicine Buddha practice at 9AM on alternating Sundays, starting this week.  
Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 4/3 7PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 4/7 10 AM – 12 and 2 PM – 4 Dakpo Targyen class for those enrolled
 
Sunday 4/8
  • 9AM  Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) & tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00  Member’s meeting – all members are encourage to attend; non-members are also welcomed.  Bagels, cream cheese and tea will be provided.
Wishing you a glorious week ahead.  
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan


In a very real sense our kleshas, our mental afflictions, our delusions are a form of sickness.  The recognition that they are a sickness and problem, and the application of the appropriate remedies to them is the primary intention of the Medicine Buddha practice.  Its point is not to simply heal physical ailments but to heal the subtle habits and the fundamental sickness within our mental continuum…The main point is to recognize our kleshas as sickness, the Dharma as the medicine which can cure that sickness and our teachers, our spiritual friends, as physicians.  
 
 from a teaching by the 17th Karmapa on the Medicine Buddha,  April 26, 2015 Wappingers Falls, NY,  
Week of March 26-April1, 2018

Posted on March 25th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 3/27 7 PM set up at 6:30Guru Rinpoche Tsok which is a feast gathering of fortunate individuals and deities.  It is also a powerful purification practice where we chant and make offerings.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack to share such as fruit, crackers, candy, nuts, cookies or a non-alcholic beverage.  
 
Sunday 4/1 Easter Sunday 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation & tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 video teaching:  Karmapa at KTD part 3
Wishing you and all sentient beings peace, prosperity, good health and happiness.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
In this dark age, the dregs of time, when beings are immersed in constant suffering from the three poisons of ignorance, aggression and attachment, when the five negative emotions are more turbulent than ever before, and when there is terrible sufferings from illness, poverty, famine, hunger, and the threat of war, the blessings of Guru Rinpoche are even quicker to act.  He himself has pledged that in such and age, whenever a person prays to him, he will respond immediately with his blessings.  And these are not just sweet words meant to please, but the true, undeceiving words of Guru Rinpoche.
 
Guru Yoga by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Week of March19-25, 2018

Posted on March 19th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 3/20 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Thursday 3/22 7 PM Powa practice for qualified students  
 
Sunday 3/25
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching “Introduction to Prajnaparamita”
May all sentient beings be happy and well!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Emptiness does not mean that the mind goes blank, rather the mind is in a very lucid and very clear state; it is emptiness with lucidity and clarity.
 Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Week of March 12-18, 2018

Posted on March 11th, 2018 by Laura Roth

**** CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW **** : Tuesday 3/13, 7 PM (Short Green Tara Practice and Confession of Downfalls)
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Medicine Buddha Teaching and Empowerment 
with Lama Karma Drodul
Friday 3/16 – Sunday 3/18
 
Friday 3/16 7 PM – 9 Free Public  Talk “Healing and The Medicine Buddha Practice”
 
Saturday 3/17 
  • 10 AM – 12 noon Teaching Session on the Medicine Buddha
  • 4 PM Medicine Buddha Empowerment.  Please note Buddhist Refuge is required for the empowerment and will be offered if requested
Sunday 3/18
  • 10 AM – 12 noon Teaching Session 
  • 2:30 – 4:30 Q & A 
I sincerely hope you can join us for this very special weekend teaching.
 
Wishing you health and well being always.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of March 5-11, 2018

Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
I hope you can join us for one or more of the following programs:
 
Tuesday 3/6 7PM  Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhanas 
 
Saturday 3/10 10 AM  Ngondro practice for those qualified.  If interested in starting Ngondro, please speak with Lama Zopa or email ktc.director@albanyktc.org
 
Sunday 3/11
  • 9 AM   Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00   shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00   Lama Zopa, stories from India or Book Study, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society, by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Chapter 4, “Equality and Diversity”.
Wishing you a joyful week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
By virtue of having a mind or awareness all sentient beings are equal in terms of our capacity to experience pain and joy, in our pervasive longing to avoid suffering and to be happy. This deeply held wish is the basis for our equality and is far more fundamental than our differences. It lies at the heart of all our aspirations and actions.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society
Week of February 26-March 4

Posted on February 27th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/27 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification practice and feast gathering where we invoke and make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Kindly bring a snack such as crackers, cookies, fruit, nuts or a nonalcholic beverage to share. Set up begins at 6:30.
 
Sunday 3/4
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 video teaching on “The Four Dharmas of Gampopa” by the 17th Karmapa, at KTD 2015  
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Upcoming Special Teaching
 
Lama Karma will be visiting our center the weekend of 3/17, teaching on the Medicine Buddha, details to be announced soon.
 
Wishing you a peace filled week.
 
Yours in the Dharma, 
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
If we could recognize the beauty that lies inside ourselves and in our connectedness, 
we would know that we already have all that we need, and more.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society
Week of February 19-25, 2018

Posted on February 19th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 2/19 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 2/25 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig practice
  • 10:00 Shamata (tranquility) meditation and Tong Len (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Book study “Interconnected”, Chapter 3, by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Wishing you a peaceful and meaning filled week.  May all beings be happy and free from suffering!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
He who has made the Buddha his refuge
Cannot be killed by ten million demons;
Though he transgress his vows
 or is tormented in mind,
It is certain that he will go beyond rebirth.
 
from the Sutra of the Heart of the Sun
 
Week of February 12-18, 2018

Posted on February 12th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Happy New Year (Losar) Year of the Earth Dog

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 2/13 7 PM  Short Green Tara and Confession of Downfalls
 
Tuesday 2/13 8 PM cleaning shrine room in preparation for Losar.  Many hands make light work so if enough people come, we can be done quickly.  Tasks include dusting shrine, moving cushions, vacuuming, placing cushions back, tidying up counters and shelves. Finish up on Sunday if necessary. 
 
Sunday 2/18 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata and tonglen (tranquility and compassion meditation)
  • 11 Special Losar prayers, followed by luncheon out at restaurant
Wishing you and all sentient beings a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year of the Earth Dog.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
May this sacred place of Earth, our home, be protected and nourished for many generations to come.
 
– Lama Zopa Tarchin –  who is in India for the Monlam 
Week of February 5-11, 2018

Posted on February 5th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 2/6 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Thursday 2/8 7 PM Powa Practice for those who attended the Powa retreat 
 
Saturday 2/10 Dakpo Targyen class 
 
Chapter 16, The Perfection of Meditative Concentration
  • 10 AM – 12:30 PM
  • 2 PM – 4
Sunday 2/11
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 video teaching by the 17th Karmapa, “Four Dharmas of Gampopa”
May all beings be healthy, happy and loved!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Many people think that patience is a sign of weakness.  I think this is a mistake.  
It is anger that is a sign of weakness, whereas patience is a sign of strength.
 
The Dalai Lama, dalailama.com
Week of January 29-February 4, 2018

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 1/30 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas

Sunday 2/4

  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 Lama Zopa teaching on Chenrezig: The Bodhisattva of Compassion 

Wishing you blessings and happiness always.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

When I do my practice, I don’t start meditating right away.  First I relax my body and mind. You should only begin to practice once you have become relaxed.  Even if you do not practice a long time, you will be able to focus your mind on whatever the object of meditation is, and the stability and steadiness of your mind will be stronger.    The Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Ngondro for Our Current Day

 

 

Week of January 22-28, 2018

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 1/23 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  Set up will begin at 6:30.  
 
A tsok, or feast gathering, is a powerful purification practice where we make offerings and chant prayers.  All are welcome to attend.   Kindly consider bringing a vegetarian snack or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.  Some ideas are cheese and crackers, nuts, chips, fruit or veggies, cookies, candy, soda, juice.
 
 
Sunday 1/28  No program
 
Please note there will not be any meditation or program on Sunday 1/28.  His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa will be giving a long life empowerment in Queens, NY and many of our members will be there.
 
Wishing you a blessed week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma, 
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Week Of January 15-21, 2018

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 1/16 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Saturday 1/20 10 AM Ngondro practice for those currently doing Ngondro.  If interested in learning about or starting this practice,  please contact Lama Zopa or email ktc.director@albanyktc.org
 
Sunday 1/21 Morning Meditation Intensive
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 Shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 Second meditation session in lieu of teaching 
Wishing you a blessed and healthy week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
 
Only freedom developed on the basis of a realistic view of who we are and how we relate to others can be authentic –  and extended universally to all.  If we acknowledge our interdependence,and take into account the vast networks of interconnections in which our lives and actions are embedded, we will find that our own freedom is inseparable from the freedom of all other people.  When we truly appreciate this fact, we experience  interdependent freedom – a freedom that does not detract from others’ freedom.  This is the freedom that we can all enjoy together without conflict.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinlye Dorje Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society 
Week of January 8-14, 2018

Posted on January 9th, 2018 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 1/9 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
 
Thursday 1/11 7 PM Powa practice (qualified students only)
 
Saturday 1/13 10 AM – 12 and 2 PM – 4 Dakpo Targyen class (This is a continuing series in progress for those already registered.  For more information contact ktc.director@albanyktc.org)
 
Sunday 1/14
  • 9 AM  Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching “Intro to Buddha Nature”
Wishing you a warm and healthy week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 

Mary Ann Duncan

“In this New Year, I pray that we may all increase our courage and our abilities so that we each can make our own human life meaningful”. 
The17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Week of December 11-17, 2017

Posted on December 11th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

 
Tuesday 12/12 7 PM  Lama Zopa teaching “The Essential Meaning of the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer”
 
Please note that the center will be closed for the holidays from December 17 through January 5.  We will reopen on January 6.
 

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful holiday and New Year.  See you in 2018!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Sorry, Lama Lodro has cancelled her teaching on Jan 6-7 due to illness
We will start the new year On January 7 with Chenrezig at 9 AM and Meditation at 10 AM
 
December 4-10, 2017

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

 
Tuesday 12/5 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas.
 
Sunday 12/10
  • 9 AM- 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 video teaching by the 17th Karmapa “Ground, Path and Fruition”, Part 2
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
 
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen as a way to develop love and compassion for others.  In tonglen (sending and receiving meditation) we seek to take upon ourselves the difficulties and sufferings of all living beings and send them our happiness and virtue.
Upcoming Special Event !!! January 6&7, 2018
 The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva 
This text gives the most concise presentation of the bodhisattva path.  
 
Guest Teacher:  Lama Lodro Lhamo 
 
 Lama Lodro is the women’s retreat master at Karme Ling in Delhi, NY. and has a Master’s degree in Buddhist studies from Columbia University.  She has been a student of Khenpo Khartar Rinpoche since 1990.  She completed three 3-year retreats at Karme Ling and received her full bhikshuni ordination in 2008.
Wishing you peace and happiness,
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of November 27-December 3

Posted on November 26th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
With the holiday season officially here, we have a lot going on this week. Hopefully you can join us for one or more of the following events.
Tuesday 11/28 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok
A tsok or feast offering is a powerful purification practice in which we make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities. All are welcome to attend this ritual practice which features chanting prayers and food offerings. Please consider bringing a vegetarian snack to share such as fruit, nuts, crackers, chips, cookies etc. or a non-alcoholic drink.
 
Saturday 12/2 9:30 AM – 12 noon Dakpo Targyen class, review of Chapter 15, “Diligence” and start of Chapter 16, “Meditative Concentration”. Please note this is an ongoing class and only for those who are currently enrolled.
Holiday Party 4 PM – 7 Come Party with Us! Kindly bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic drink to share. Contact Nelson Kent for directions  ktc.director@albanyktc.org
Sunday 12/3
  • 9 – 9:45 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 Book study, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa,Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Chapter 2, “True Connectivity”
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
 
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen to develop love and compassion for others.

Wishing you a calm and peaceful week.


Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Do you want to be happy? It’s so easy. Help others.
Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche