This Week’s Schedule

What’s going on this week at Albany KTC!

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
Week of July 8-14, 2019

Posted on July 8th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 7/9/18 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Saturday 7/13 10 AM Ngondro practice

Sunday 7/14 

  • 9 AMChenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00Laura Roth teaching:  Mind Training Root Verses

May you have a blessed and beautiful week.

Yours in the Dharma

Mary Ann Duncan

In everything I do, I will watch my mind.

As soon as afflictions arise,

I will face them squarely and turn them around,

For they endanger others and myself as well.

The Eight Verses on Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa, 1054 – 1123

Mark your Calendars: 7/20 & 21
Medicine Buddha Sutra &
Empowerment
 
BY: KHENPO UGYEN & KHENPO SANGYE TRINLEY 
4 sessions:  10 AM – 12 Noon and 2:30 PM – 4:30
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Posted on July 2nd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 7/2 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Opener Clare
 
Sunday 7/7
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Book study “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society”
Opener Nelson
 
Wishing you a safe, happy and peaceful Fourth of July🗽🎆  
 
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.
 
“Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society” The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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Mark your Calendars: 7/20 & 21
Medicine Buddha Sutra &
Empowerment
 
BY: KHENPO UGYEN & KHENPO SANGYE TRINLEY 
4 sessions:  10 AM – 12 Noon and 2:30 PM – 4:30
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Albany KTC meets at Doane Stuart School
199 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer, NY 12144
 
Park in Forbes Avenue side parking lot.  Enter at second set of doors, left at top of stairs  


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Week of June 24-30, 2019

Posted on June 25th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 6/25 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Opener: Clare
 
Sunday 6/30
  • 9 AM – Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 – shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 – video teaching: Karmapa: ” 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva”
Opener: Clare
 
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.  
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
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Mark your Calendars: 7/20 & 21
Medicine Buddha Sutra &
Empowerment
 
BY: KHENPO UGYEN & KHENPO SANGYE TRINLEY 
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Week of June 17-23, 2019

Posted on June 18th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 6/18 7 PM: 
 
7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener:  FeeLi
Sunday 6/23
  • 9 AM   Medicine Buddha practice
  • 10:00  shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion)
  • 11:00  Joan Atkins teaching “Overview of Mind Training (Lojong)
Opener: Mary Ann
Special Event at KTD Monastery:  Saturday 6/22 10 AM – 12 noon come celebrate Karmapa’s Birthday with long life prayers, joyful practice and smoke offerings to the gurus, yidams, dakas, dakinis, protectors, nagas and local deities in order to give thanks, remove obstacles and increase favorable conditions for Karmapa’s birthday.
Wishing all sentient beings, peace, happiness and well being.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
Week of June 10-16 2019

Posted on June 10th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 6/11 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha practice
 
Opener: Clare
 
Saturday 6/15 Dakpo Targyen class (qualified students)
  • 10 AM – 12
  • 2 PM – 4 PM
Opener Nelson
 
Sunday 6/16 Father’s Day!
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) & tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 teaching by Lama Zopa “Who is Padmasambavha and Why is He Important” 
Opener: Fee Li
 
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
The essence of meditation is awareness.  If we lose our awareness, we are not meditating. 
Awareness is like a crystal or mirror that reflects different colors and angles: 
forms, sounds and feelings are different aspects of awareness and exist within awareness.
 
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche In Love With the World   
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Week of June 3-9, 2019

Posted on June 6th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 6/4 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Joan
 
Thursday 6/6 7 PM Phowa practice (for those who have had training)
Opener: Joan
 
Sunday 6/9
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10 shamata and tonglen meditation (tranquility & compassion)
  • 11 Book study “Interconnected” by Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Drodul
Opener: Nelson
 
Mark Your Calendars!! Upcoming Events:
 
6/15 Dakpo Targyen class
6/16 Lama Zopa teaching: “Who is Padmasambhava?  Why is He Important?”
 
 
Wishing you a peaceful, happy and meaningful week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
 
Do not examine the fault of others, examine your own . Do not expose the mistakes of others, expose your own. 
 
Patrul Rinpoche, Heart Essence Instructions

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Week of May 27 to June 2, 2019

Posted on May 27th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 5/28 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
Opener: Mary Ann
 
Saturday 6/1 9:30 AM Ngondro practice
 
Opener:  Feeli
Sunday 6/2
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata and tonglen meditation (tranquility & compassion)
  • 11 video teaching by Karmapa “37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” 
Mark Your Calendars!! Upcoming Events:
 
6/15 Dakpo Targyen class
6/16 Lama Zopa teaching: “Who is Padmasambhava?  Why is He Important?”
 
Wishing you a peaceful, happy and meaningful week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
What makes an action positive or negative?  Not how it looks, not whether it is big or small, 
but it is the positive or negative motivation that is behind it.
 
Patrul Rinpoche, “Words of My Perfect Teacher”
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Week of May 19-25, 2019

Posted on May 23rd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 5/21 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Thursday 5/23 
Executive Committee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 PM
 
Sunday 5/26
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata meditation (tranquility) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Kangyur dedication with Lama Karma and Lama Zopa.
Wishing you a lovely and peaceful Memorial Day weekend.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Words of the Buddha, the scriptures, are actually deeply considered more precious than the image of the Buddha.  The Buddha himself prophesied that in times of degeneration he will appear as a teacher in the form of scriptures.  Scriptures teach us the Dharma.  
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Week of May 13-19, 2019

Posted on May 14th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Tuesday 5/14 7 PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana 

Opener:  Clare or Joan
 
Saturday 5/18 10 AM Ngondro practice  (qualified students only)
 
Opener: Fee Li
 
Sunday 5/19 
  • 9 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Members meeting (All members are invited and encouraged to attend)

Opener: Mary Ann

Upcoming Event:
 
Sunday 5/26 11 AM  Installation of the Kangyur (Words of the Buddha) Complete collection of the Buddha’s teachings.  All are welcomed.
Wishing you a blessed week ahead.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan

 

Chenrezig is within us because love and compassion are not qualities added to the mind.  These qualities are part of the awakened state even if for the moment this state exists only as a potential for us.

Bokar Rinpoche,  Chenrezig Lord of Love

Week of April 29 – May 5, 2019

Posted on April 30th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,
 
Tuesday 4/30/19
 10:00 AM Lama Zopa will give a talk to students and faculty at Doane Stuart 
 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
 
 
Thursday 5/2 7 PM Phowa practice  (qualified students only)
 
 
Sunday 5/5 ALBANY KTC WILL BE CLOSED.   
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Devotion is the shortest way to quickly realize the ultimate nature.
 
 !7th Karmapa
Week of April 22-28, 2019

Posted on April 23rd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 4/23 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
Opener: Clare
 
Saturday 4/27 10 AM – 3  In celebration of Earth Day, please join KTD Khenpos and Lamas at Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, 94 Schoolhouse Road, West Lebanon, NY 12195.
 
Sunday 4/28 We are pleased to welcome our special visiting guests from the Unitarian Universalists
  • 9:00 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:00 teaching by Joan Atkins
Opener: Joan
 
Although the earth’s resources have natural limits, our own greed has no natural boundaries and so we must learn to limit our desire ourselves.  We must do this not only to protect the planet but to find a way to share earth’s bounty fairly among all living beings.  A life based on pursuing things is fundamentally unsatisfying. As the Buddha said, chasing our desires is like drinking salty water. The more we drink, the thirstier we become.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje,  Friends-of-the-Karmapa-Austria.net
Week of April 15-21

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
Tuesday 4/16 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
Opener – Gena
 
Thursday 4/18  7PM Phowa practice (qualified students only)
Opener – Joan
 
Saturday 4/20 10 AM Ngondro practice (for those who are currently doing Ngondro)
Opener – Fee Li
 
Sunday 4/21
  • 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 Dorje
 Opener:  Fee Li
 
Wishing all sentient beings peace, happiness and good health.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
How could we practice patience if there was no one who made us angry?  It is the harm caused by enemies and obstacle makers that gives us the opportunity to develop patience.
 
Patrul Rinpoche, Words of My Perfect Teacher
Week of April 8-14, 2019

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 
I hope you can join us this weekend (4/12 – 4/14) for a special webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on “Loving Kindness and Compassion” See times below.

 
Tuesday 4/9 7 PM Green Tara sadhana
 
Friday 4/12 7 PM – 8:30 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche webcast teaching “Loving Kindness and Compassion”
 
Saturday 4/13 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche webcast teaching continued “Loving Kindness and Compassion”
  • 10:30 AM – 12 noon 
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Sunday 4/14 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche webcast teaching continued “Loving Kindness and Compassion”
  • 9:00 – Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10:30 AM – 12 noon Webcast teaching continued
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 Webcast teaching continued
 
Hope to see you at the teaching!
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
The roots of Buddhist practice are loving kindness and compassion. Everybody can practice love and compassion but it is important that we do so in an impartial way. Our compassion must have a broad focus, not only including ourselves, but all sentient beings.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Heart Advice of the Karmapa
Week of April 1-7, 2019

Posted on April 2nd, 2019 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 4/2 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas

Opener: Gena
 
Sunday 4/7
9 AM Medicine Buddha sadhana
10:00 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
11:00 Essentials of a Daily Practice teaching by Laura Roth
 
Opener: Mary Ann
 
Wishing all sentient beings peace, happiness and good health.
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Completely tame your own mind.
The Buddha
Week of March 17-24,

Posted on March 18th, 2019 by Laura Roth

 

Dear Dharma friends,
Tuesday 3/19 7PM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana
Opener Gena
Sunday 3/24
  • 9 AM Medicine Buddha
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 Lama Zopa teaching “Who is Padmasambhava and Why is He Important?”
Opener Mary Ann
3 PM Field Trip to “The Second Buddha: Master of Time” exhibit at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Wishing you a lovely beginning of Spring!
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
When the centers of learning are destroyed and the hermitages burned down, 
when sacred words are traded like merchandise and murder can be exonerated for a price,…
when all of Tibet falls into pieces … 
when these occurrences take place, you will meet with my teachings and instructions.
 
The Lotus-Born, The Life Story of Padmasambhava, recorded by Yeshe Tsogyal
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Albany KTC meets at Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144

Park in Forbes Avenue side parking lot.  Enter at second set of doors, left at top of the stairs.