This Week’s Schedule

What’s going on this week at Albany KTC!

Week of March 1-6, 2020

Posted on February 28th, 2020 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Sunday 3/1/2020
  • 9 AM Chenrezig practice
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Book study “Interconnected” by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinely Dorje, page 229 The Music of Change
Opener: Clare
Tuesday 3/3
We are excited to be restarting our Tuesday sadhana offering with added shamata meditation.  
  • 6:30- 7:00 PM shamata meditation
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Chenrezig practice
Opener: Clare
Thursday 3/5
 
7 PM Phowa practice (sorry, qualified students only.  If interested in learning more about this practice, please contact me or Nelson Kent)
Opener: Joan
Wishing you a lovely start in March.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
It’s only when we have taken to heart the fact that there is no true, perfect, permanent happiness in samsara that we can actually begin to practice Dharma, because if we attempt to practice Dharma, even for years and years, without this resolution as a starting point, then all of our Dharma practice will only increase our arrogance, jealousy and competitiveness, increase our kleshas, selfishness and so on….Therefore, this is the ground for all our practice and it is indispensable.  Nothing else that we do will actually work if this ground isn’t present.
A Single Sufficient Virtue, A Mahamudra Transmission by Kalu Rinpoche, with Commentary by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
February 16-22, 2020

Posted on February 15th, 2020 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
Sunday 2/16
9 AM Chenrezig Sadhana (Bodhisattva of compassion practice)
10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
11:00   video teaching continued “Meditation instruction with Mingyur Rinpoche”
Opener: Nelson
Saturday 2/22 Ngondro practice.
 If interested in starting this practice please contact me or Nelson Kent
NOTE:  In consideration of those with environmental sensitivities we kindly ask that you refrain from wearing fragrances of any kind ie perfume, essential oils.
Wishing all beings peace and happiness.
Yours in the Dharma,
MaryAnn Duncan

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Sunday 2/02/20 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Teaching by Joan Atkins on Calm Abiding Meditation 
Opener: Joan
 
Thursday 2/06
 7 PM Phowa practice (qualified students only) If interested in this practice, please contact Nelson Kent nelskent@gmail.com
 
Saturday 2/08
10 AM – 12 & 2 PM – 4 Dakpo Targyen class, Chapt. 19 (This is an ongoing class but if interested, contact Nelson Kent nelskent@gmail.com)  
May all sentient beings enjoy health and happiness!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
December 2-8, 2019

Posted on December 3rd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
Tuesday, 12/3 (NO TUESDAY PRACTICE until further notice)
 
Thursday, 12/5 7 PM Phowa practice (for those who have had training)
Opener: Joan
Saturday 12/7 10 AM Ngondro practice (for qualified students)
Opener: Feeli
4 – 7 PM Holiday Party at Marilyn McKee’s home please bring a dish or
non-alcoholic beverage to share (for address email nelskent@gmail.com)
Sunday 12/8
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-12 Book study “Interconnected” by The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinely Dorje
Opener: Feeli
Menla Buddha.jpeg
Wishing you a safe and peaceful week ahead.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Our family life and community life can be our first teacher of this most fundamental reality that we are part of each other and not separate.  Whether we learn this in our family or in other communities, it is an indispensable life lesson.  For a healthy global society, we must internalize this basic fact that we each contribute our own part to the whole, and that we must therefore look after each part in order to create a world that is complete and flourishing.
from “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society” by The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Week of November 25-December 1, 2019

Posted on November 25th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 

Tuesday 11/26 7 – 8 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana

Opener:  Nelson
 
Sunday 12/1
  • 9 AM – Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 “Death and Dying” teaching by Laura Roth
Opener: Nelson
 
 
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS 
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Holiday Potluck Party 
When:  Saturday 12/7 4 – 7 PM
Where: Marilyn McKee’s 
(for details email nelskent@gmail.com)
 
Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day and may all beings be free and happy, including turkeys.
 
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan

We have complete freedom to eat meat or not….The reasons to be vegetarian are realistic and sensible, and based on long-term thinking. When we think seriously about the impact that our food practices have on our body, on the environment and on the animals themselves, it is clear that logic supports abstaining from eating meat.

If you decide you want to try to stop eating meat, you can fortify yourself in this way with reason. Empower your mind, and take responsibility for your body. Exercise your wisdom, strengthen your resolve and let your mind take good care of your body.

 
Week of

Posted on November 18th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 11/19 7PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Nelson
Sunday 11/24
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Qi Gong with Clare Lowery
 Opener Joan
Wishing you peace, good health and happiness always.
Yours in the Dharma,
MaryAnn Duncan
November 11-17, 2019

Posted on November 11th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
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On this Veterans Day we offer prayers for peace and protection

Tuesday 11/12 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Opener: Clare
 
Thursday 11/14 7 PM Phowa practice (sorry, qualified students only)
Opener: Joan
 
Saturday 11/16 10 AM – noon and 2PM – 4  Dakpo Targyen class with Lama Zopa (qualified students only)
 
Sunday 11/17. Closed for 1,000 Arm Chenrezig program at KTD.  If interested in attending, please call KTD to register 845-679-5906. 
Within our beings, there are these uncontrived, natural roots of virtue, these instinctive seeds of innate goodness.  We still look for something outside ourselves, not knowing how priceless and how important what we already have is.  We need to look at these seeds of virtue in our mind as if they were as rare as a Buddha.
“The Heart is Noble” Changing the World from the Inside Out”
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
May your week be filled with peace, happiness and love.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of November 4-10, 2019

Posted on November 4th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 11/5 7 PM Green Tara practice
Opener Mary Ann
Saturday 11/9 10AM Ngondro practice (for those who have received training)
Opener FeeLi
Sunday 11/10 
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Joan Atkins teaching “The 10 Dharma activities and the 6 Recollections”
Opener: MaryAnn
Wishing you a joyful week ahead.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of October 28-November 3, 2019

Posted on October 29th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 10/29/19 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas

Sunday 11/3/19 

  • 9AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 video teaching “Meditation Instructions with Mingyur Rinpoche”
Wishing you a blessed week ahead and a happy Halloween! 🎃
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Awareness never dies.
Mingyur Rinpoche, In Love with the World
October 21-27, 2019

Posted on October 22nd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 10/22 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Opener: Nelson
SPECIAL WEEKEND TEACHING: The Way of the Bodhisattva
presented by Khenpo David Choephel
 
Saturday 10/26 
  • 10 AM – 12 and 
  • 2:30 – 4:30
Opener: Nelson
 
Sunday 10/27 
  • 10 AM – 12 
Opener: Clare
 
All the joy the world contains,
comes from wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains,
comes from wanting pleasure for oneself.
 
Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva
Week if October 14-20, 2019

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
Tuesday 10/15/19 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
Opener: Nelson
Sunday 10/20 Albany KTC CLOSED due to Cremation ceremony for Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT:  
 
The Way of the Bodhisattva
 
3 part seminar with  Khenpo David Choepel
Saturday 10/26 10 AM – 12 and 2:30 – 4:30
Sunday 10/27 10 AM – 12
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
If we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well.  Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our mind and in our way of life.
The experience of death is a basic reality.  Once we are born, death is inevitable. There are, however, extreme differences in the ways people experience death.  Some live a full life before they die, while othes die early and unexpectedly.  This depends on individual karmic patterns, which are based on the law of cause and effect. …Ultimately, the experience of dying and death can be terrifying or it can be completely free of fear.  The choice is pretty much up to us, based on the quality of our present life and the strength of our belief system.
 
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Death, Dying & the Intermediate State
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Week of October 7-13, 2019

Posted on October 7th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 10/8 7PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Nelson
 
Saturday 10/12 10 AM Ngondro practice (qualified students only) 
Opener: FeeLi
 
Sunday 10/13
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 Meditation:  shamata (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion)
  • 11:00 Prayers for Khenpo Kathar Rinpoche
Opener: FeeLi
Wishing all sentient beings, peace, happiness and well being.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
What is beneficial at the time of death and after death is the experience developed through meditation and Dharma practice. …Sometimes the amount of time we can dedicate to practice everyday is quite minimal.  We may feel that it is not benefitting us because the time spent is so minimal. However, if we do the practice properly, it could be of tremendous help. …if you recognize that it benefits all sentient beings, and dedicate the merit to all of them without attachment to your own welfare, then you have cultivated the seed in the right way.  In this way, a short period of regular practice has the capacity to develop into something vast and profound.
 
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Excellent at the Beginning: Discovering the Buddhist Way
Week of September 30-October 6, 2019

Posted on October 1st, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
Tuesday 10/01 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Opener: MaryAnn
 
Thursday 10/3 7 PM Phowa practice (qualified students only)
Opener: Joan
 
Sunday 10/6
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 teaching by Joan Atkins on The 10 Dharmas and 6 Recollections
Opener: MaryAnn
Wishing you a peaceful and meaningful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
MaryAnn Duncan
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  10/26 & 10/27 
 
Albany KTC is happy to host a 3 part presentation by Khenpo David Choephel, translator for the 17th Karmapa on
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Week of September 23-29, 2019

Posted on September 23rd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Friends
Tuesday 9/24 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Nelson
Sunday 9/29
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 video “Meditation Instructions with Mingyur Rinpoche”
Opener: Joan
 
Wishing you a peaceful and purposeful week ahead,
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
MaryAnn Duncan
A meaningful life has to be purposeful. …If I am to live a purposeful and meaningful life, I have to live it for the benefit of others.
 
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Drodul, Estrel Conventin Center, Berlin June 5, 2014
Week or September 16-22, 2019

Posted on September 17th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 9/17 7 – 8 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Opener: Clare
 
Saturday 9/21 10 AM – 12 noon & 2 – 4 PM Dakpo Targyen class w Lama Zopa (qualified students only)
Opener: Nelson
 
Sunday 9/22
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching: How to Listen to the Dharma
Opener: Nelson
 
Wishing all sentient beings peace, happiness and well being.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of September 9-15, 2019

Posted on September 8th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
Tuesday 9/10 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Nelson
Saturday 9/14 10 AM Ngondro for those currently doing the practice
Opener: Fee Li
Sunday 9/15
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11-12 Qi Gong exercises with Clare Lowery
Opener: Joan
Wishing all sentient beings peace, happiness and good health.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place,
will help awaken our compassion.
 
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Week of September 2-8, 2019

Posted on September 3rd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 9/3 7 PM – 8  Chenrezik and Amitabha sadhana
Opener: Joan
Thursday 9/5 7 PM Phowa practice (qualified student only)
Opener: Clare
Saturday 9/7 12 noon
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 96th Birthday Lunch 🎂
For meal planning purposes, kindly call the monastery if you plan on attending 845-679-5906 ext 3.
 
Sunday 9/8
  • 9 AM Chenrezik sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
Opener: Clare
There is no program after meditation.  Please visit our booth at the Vegan Fest at the Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY
Wishing all sentient beings, peace, happiness and well being.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
The reason to be vegetarian are realistic and sensible, and based on long term thinking.  When we think seriously about the impact that our food practices have on our body, on the environment and on the animal themselves, it is clear that logic supports abstaining from meat.
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, India Times Freedom-In-Eating
 
Week of August 26-Sept 1, 2019

Posted on August 26th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 8/27/19 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Nelson
Sunday 9/1/19
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 Book study “Interconnected” by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Drodul

Opener: Mary Ann

Wishing you a safe and peaceful Labor Day weekend.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
 
If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering.
Lama Tashi Namgyal 
Week of August 19-25, 2019

Posted on August 19th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 8/20 7-8 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Sunday 8/25
  • 9 AM Chenrezig practice
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Video teaching
Opener: Nelson
Unprecedented Reading Transmission at KTD:
This Sunday (8/25) is the final Karma Chakme reading transmission Part 1, being given at KTD monastery by Vajra Master Lama Tobden from Thrangu Monastery.  Part 2 will be held from 9/12 – 9/29.  There are great benefits to receiving even one day of this transmission.  All are encouraged to attend even one day.
“Students may not be able to be there for the entire transmission, but I encourage you to come for at least one weekend or even one day.”
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
August 5-11, 2019

Posted on August 9th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 8/6 

7- 8 PM Chenrezig and  Amitabha sadhanas

Opener: Mary Ann
Thursday 8/8
7 – 8 PM Phowa practice (qualified students only)
Opener: Joan
Saturday 8/10 
7 – 8 PM Ngondro practice (qualified students only)
Opener: FeeLi
Sunday 8/11
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata and tonglen meditation (tranquility and compassion)
  • 11:00 Book Study “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society” by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Opener: FeeLi
Thought for the week:
 
It is a common experience when watching the news on the TV or computer screen to feel that all the suffering we see is being transmitted to us, making us suffer ourselves……
The damage is not done by the news of suffering.  The real damage is done by our own hardening of heart to that suffering.  We harm ourselves when we close ourselves off from others. This makes it especially important that we actively work to keep our mind and heart open, for our own sake and for the benefit of others.
 
from “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society” by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje   
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
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Week of July 29-August 4

Posted on July 30th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 8/30 7 PM Green Tara sadhana

(Opener: Nelson)

Sunday 9/4
(Opener: Clare)
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • Picnic: Sunday August 4:   Meet at noon at Mohawk River Park, 71 Schermerhorn Rd., Latham. (Carpooling also available from our center at 11 am, after meditation). Kindly bring a vegetarian dish, snack, dessert or non-alcoholic beverage to share. (Rain location is our center at Doane Stuart School. Please check your email for last minute rain notification.)
May all beings be happy!
Week of July 22-28, 2019

Posted on July 22nd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday, 7/23 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Opener: Clare
Sunday 7/28 
9 AM – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
10:00 – 10:45 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
11:00 – 12:00 Video teaching by the Karmapa “37 Practices of a Bodhisattva) Part 5
Opener: Joan
Thought for the week:
Happiness doesn’t mean never feeling sad or distressed; 
rather, it is reflective of a general optimism toward ourselves and others.
 
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, from the book The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind
Wishing you well being and happiness always,
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  KTC ANNUAL PICNIC🍉🌽
When: Sunday August 4, after meditation and teaching session
Where:  Town of Colonie Mohawk River Park,  71 Schermerhorn Rd., Latham  
Kindly bring a vegetarian dish, snack, dessert or non-alcholic beverage to share.
Week of July 15-21, 2019

Posted on July 16th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday, 7/16 7 PM Green Tara practice
 
Saturday 7/20 and Sunday 7/21 Albany KTC is pleased to offer a special teaching on:
 
Medicine Buddha: Sutra, Empowerment and Practice
 
Taught by Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin; Translator, Khenpo Sangye Trinley
 
Saturday 7/20 Teaching: 
  • 10 AM – 12 
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30  
Sunday 7/21
  • 10 AM – 12  Empowerment
  • 2:30PM – 4:30 Practice
The Medicine Buddha Sutra was taught by the Buddha in Vaisala, India, to a large gathering of monks, nuns and Bodhsattvas.  The practice of Medicine Buddha or Sangye Menla was brought to Tibet by Shantarakshita (8th Century CE) and spread widely by Atisha (11th Century CE).  This Mahayana practice is about healing oneself and others of sickness, which ultimately arises from our kleshas or negative mental patterns.
 
Suggested Donation $20 per session ($15 for members) but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 
 
I hope you can join us for this special teaching and practice.  Wishing you peace, happiness and excellent health and well being.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan