This Week’s Schedule

What’s going on this week at Albany KTC!

Week of July 24-30, 2017

Posted on July 25th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends, 

Tuesday 7/25/17    7 PM Short Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche 7 Line Prayer and Confession of Downfalls
 
Sunday 7/30/17
  • 9 AM-10 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-10:45 shamata meditation (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12    Book study Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, chapter 8, Meditation
Mark Your Calendars –
Upcoming Special Events in August
 
  • Sunday 8/6      8 Brocades Chi Gong exercises with Clare Lowery 
  • Sunday 8/13    Picnic at Colonie Town Park 

Hope to see you there. 

May all sentient beings be happy!
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Meditating on death and impermanence 
teaches us to cherish each and every moment of our lives.
It means not letting even a tiny part of our life go to waste.  
By cherishing our life and earnestly applying ourselves to living it fully, 
we are accomplishing the purpose of meditating on death and impermanence.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje,  
Nurturing Compassion:  Teachings from the First Visit to Europe
 
 
Week of July 17-23, 2017

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 7/18 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas

Sunday 7/23

9 AM -10    Chenrezig sadhana

10 – 11        Shamata (tranquility meditation) & tonglen (compassion meditation)

11 – 11:45    Members Meeting and Elections for Executive Committee All members and friends are encouraged to attend. If you can’t make it, you can still bid on items online and cast your vote for the Executive Committee. Joan will be sending out the list of candidates

12               Potluck lunch please feel free to bring a hearty appetite and a dish or beverage to share.                    Menu so far:

– Ratatouille

– 3 Bean salad

– Potato salad

– Noodle dish

– Tofu and pepper medley

– Toss salad

– Cookies

*******After the potluck will be the conclusion of the Silent Auction! Last chance to bid!!

Hope to see you there and may you have a wonderful week!

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Whatever happens to you or someone else, do not dispute, exaggerate, or speak badly. Instead, look carefully at every side. Don’t search for others’ faults; give up your own.

– the Gyalwang Karmapa (Spring 2017)

Week of July 10-16, 2017

Posted on July 12th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday7/11/17 7PM Short Green Tara sadhana, Guru Rinpoche and Confession of Downfalls
 
Saturday 7/15 9:30 AM Ngondro for those who are doing the practice.  If interested in starting Ngondro, please speak with Lama Zopa
 
Sunday 7/16
  • 9 AM         Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-11         shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:00 – 12  Lama Zopa teaching, The Six Recollections
Mark your calendars:

Sunday 7/23 Members Meeting to elect officers for the next 2 years.  This is open to all and will be followed by a potluck luncheon and the culmination of our silent auction fund raiser for our new shrine.  Please come and support your center and walk away with something beautiful.
 
 
Wishing you peace and joy always!
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
Abandon evil-doing.
Practice virtue well.
Master your own mind.
This is the Buddha’s teaching.
Patrol Rinpoche Words of my Perfect Teacher
Week of June 26-July 2

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 6/27 7 PM Short Green Tara, 7 Line Prayer and Confession of Downfalls
 
Sunday 7/2
  • 9 – 10 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 11 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa will be teaching on the “The Four Major Tibetan Dharma Lineages
PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL NO MEDITATION ON TUESDAY JULY 4TH
 
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
 
To expand our compassion we can apply our imagination to everyday situations.  
Sometimes when the wind blows, I imagine that my compassion mixes with the wind and 
is carried in every direction to touch all sentient beings…
 
We can also do contemplation involving our five sense faculties.  
For example, we continually have objects in our visual field.  
Having first given rise to compassion mentally, we can then spread that compassion
 to any sentient being who appears before our eyes and imagine that they experience all of our compassion, love and joy.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinely Dorje

 

Week of June 19-25, 2017

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

 
Tuesday 6/20 Chenrezig & Amitabha practice 
 
Sunday 6/25      KARMAPA’S 32ND BIRTHDAY Birthday cake Tada
  • 9 – 10 Chenrezig practice
  • 10 – 10:30 Shortened Meditation 
Please note there will not be any teaching on Sunday 6/25.  All are invited to go down to KTD monastery, in Woodstock, NY to celebrate the Karmapa’s 32nd birthday!!  There will be a free vegetarian luncheon at noon.  Carpool will leave from Doane Stuart following the meditation.
 
Wishing you peace, happiness and well-being always.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
No matter how many wrongs and misdeeds we have done, 
at all times our nature is present in a stainless manner.  
It cannot ever be blackened or contaminated by our wrongs.  
Thus all the wrongs we have done and mistakes we have made in this life can be repaired,
and we have at any moment the opportunity to become a good person.
 
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinely Dorje
Week of June 5-11. 2017

Posted on June 6th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,
 

Tuesday 6/6 7 PM  Chenrezig sadhana followed by cleaning of the shrine and room in honor of the Saga Dawa celebration.

(Note change, we will not have the Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok.)  

 
Sunday 6/11
  • 9 – 9:45        Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45    shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12         Lama Zopa will teach on The Relevance of Mind Only View for Contemporary Buddhists
 Come Party with us!!Birthday cakeBirthday cake at KTD
Sunday 6/18 and 6/25 noon
6/18 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche birthday party
6/25  17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje birthday party
Have a complementary lunch and celebrate!
 
Wishing you joy during this coming week and always.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
No matter how many wrongs and misdeeds we have done, 
at all times our nature is present in a stainless manner. 
 It cannot ever be blackened or contaminated by our wrongs.
Thus all the wrongs we have done and mistakes we had made in this life can be repaired,  and we have at any moment the opportunity to become a good person.
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Week of May 29-June 4, 2017

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/30/17 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Special Event
6/3 Change your Mind Day 1-6 PM Unitarian Church 405 Washington Avenue, Albany
Lama Zopa will be presenting 2 Dharma talks and there will be many workshops on meditation, mindfulness, Yoga and more.  We hope to see you there!

Sunday 6/4/17

  • 9:00 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-10:45 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa teaching Demystifying The Goddess Tara:  Who is Tara and Why is She so Important? 
Wishing you a blessed week ahead.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 
Don’t search for others faults; give up your own.
   17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorj, March 30, 2017
 


Week of May 22-29, 2017

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/23/17 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
Sunday 5/28/17
  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-10:45 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Book study group Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, chapter 8, Meditation
Mark your calendars
6/3 Change your Mind Day 1-6 PM Unitarian Church 405 Washington Avenue, Albany
Lama Zopa will be presenting 2 Dharma talks and there will be many workshops on meditation, mindfulness, Yoga and more.  We hope to see you there!
Wishing you peace, happiness and well-being always,
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
 
With gentleness, overcome anger.
With generosity, overcome meanness.
With truth, overcome deceit.
 
from the Dhammapada The Sayings of the Buddha
 


Week of May 15-21, 2017

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/16/17 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 5/21
  • 9 – 9:45  Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45  shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa will teach on Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig

Please note we are trying to streamline our schedule so that we finish by 12 noon and have, therefore, shortened each session.   

Wishing you all happiness.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

Just look within to the virtuous thoughts you have had, and you will always find a reason to love yourself.  Take joy in your sincere intentions.  Everything starts with an intention.  If you have been able to have beautiful aspirations, these aspirations will always be part of you, a beautiful part.

– The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje –

 

Week of May 8-14, 2017

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday May 9 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana, Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 5/13  we will be participating in the Tulip Fest, in Washington Park, Albany, from 11AM-6PM.  Also on Sunday, same hours.  Please join us.

Sunday 5/14   Happy Mothers Day!

  • 9 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)

Please Note:   there will be no teaching at 11. Come see us at the Tulip Fest instead! Bring your Mom!

Wishing you a lovely week ahead and always.

Yours In the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

The most exalted example Buddhists use to explain compassion is motherhood. Consider all that your mother probably has done for you since the time you were conceived – carrying you for 9 months, experiencing the hardship of labor and birth, feeding and clothing you, taking care of all your needs, and worrying about you long after you reach adulthood. Most mothers never stop caring unconditionally for their children.  Regardless of whether one believes in reincarnation or not, one can suppose that all living beings are like mothers to us.  The food that appears before us at dinner was grown, packaged and prepared by people we probably do not know.  The clothes we are wearing were produced by people we probably will never meet.  Yet we are benefiting from their hopes, dreams and labor.  Plants, animals and raw materials have all been used to provide us these things.  This is the interdependence that characterizes life – no one thing exists by itself alone, or can survive alone.  We are all part of one world ecology and the world is extremely compassionate to us. 

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness 

Week of May 1-7

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/2/17 7 PM 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.Prep 6:30 PM

Special Weekend Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche  

“The Benefits of Chorten”

  • Friday 5/5     7 PM – 8:30 
  • Saturday 5/6 10:30 AM – noon and 3:30 – 5 PM
  • Sunday 5/7    10:30 AM – noon and 2:30 – 4 PM

Chorten is the Tibetan word for stupa. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will teach about the preciousness and meaning of chorten, stories about chorten, the categories of chorten, and how we practice with chorten, including teachings on the benefits of circumambulations.

We hope you can join us for this special weekend teaching.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

…Generosity doesn’t have to do with outer things; it is inner…  It depends upon how we think.  It is a state of mind that really wants to help others through giving.…  It is the feeling of readiness to do whatever we can to help someone by giving him or her whatever they need. So, whether or not we actually have the opportunity to give or not is not so important.  What is important is our pure motivation.

Excerpt from: Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Thrangu Rinpoche

Donations for teachings are always appreciated!

Week of April 24-30

Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/25 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 4/30

  • 9 AMChenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15Lama Zopa teaching “The Five Buddha Families”

Wishing you a blessed and happy week ahead.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

 

The purpose of the Buddha’s teaching is to bring well-being and happiness to others.

Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok, A Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities

 

Week of April 17-23, 2017

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/18/17 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 4/23  Happy Earth Day!
 
  • 9AM – 10:30 Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhana and shortened meditation practice.
  • 10:30 Field trip to KTD monastery in Woodstock for Earth Day celebrations.  Car pooling from Doane Stuart, meet in the parking lot.  See attached schedule for all Earth Day events at KTD Friday 4/21Sunday 4/23.
Hope to see you there! 
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

 

We as Buddhists believe that benefiting others is an act of kindness….Taking care of the environment and nature is also a very important act of kindness that can benefit many humans and animals alike in the future.    The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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Week of April 10-16, 2017

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/11 at 7 PM  Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 4/15 9:30 AM Ngondro group practice for those currently doing Ngondro.

Sunday 4/16

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha practice
  • 10 Shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Book study, read and discuss Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 7, Diligence

May your mind be filled with gentle thoughts of love and compassion.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

With patience I will strive with diligence.

For in such diligence enlightenment is found.

If no wind blows, then nothing stirs,

And neither is there merit without diligence.

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva

 

 

 

Week of April 3-9, 2017

Posted on April 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/4 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok. Set up at 6:30 A tsok is a powerful purification ritual of chanting, prayer and food offerings.  Kindly consider bringing a snack to share such as fruit, crackers, cookies, sweets or nonalcoholic beverage.

SPECIAL WEEKEND TEACHING with Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

 Saturday 4/8 10:30 AM – Noon Public Talk 

Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism

Saturday 4/8 2 PM – 4 PM Seminar

The Eight Stanzas of Thought Transformation

Khenpo Ugyen will teach on the practice of Mind Training, the cultivation of bodhichitta, the awakening mind of compassion and wisdom, based on this short text by Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Sunday, 4/9, 10:30 AM–12 PM and 2–4PM Seminar continued

About Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

Khenpo Ugyen is scholar in residence at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, NY. A native of Bhutan, he studied at the Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in India. He served as principal teacher at Nalanda Institute before coming to the United States. Khenpo Ugyen recently completed a lengthy retreat at Karme Ling retreat center in Delhi, NY.

Suggested Donation $20 each session (Members $15) 

No one, however, will be turned away for lack of funds

Week of March 27-April 2, 2017

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 3/28 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana & Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 4/2 

  • 9AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:15 Lama Zopa will teach on the “Four Applications of Mindfulness“.   These are the first four of the thirty-seven factors of awakening whichare practiced throughout the entire path, from the path of accumulation up to the path of no more learning. There is much more to these four than is commonly understood in the West.

Wishing you a mindful week ahead!

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

 

 

We cannot immediately grasp the more advanced practices, such as the Great Seal (mahamudra) or the Great Completion (mahasandhi), both of which lead to the result of primordial wisdom. For all of these higher level practices, we need a steady basis, which is none other than the correct practice of calm abiding. 

  17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Week of March 20-26, 2017

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Happy Spring !

Tuesday 3/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Sunday 3/26

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Teaching by Lama Zopa “Four Seals of Dharma”

Save the Dates:  Saturday 4/8 & Sunday 4/9 Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism.

Wishing you happiness as we step into Spring.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

It is impossible to be at your best or your worst at all times. Who is always consistent? Everyone changes according to different situations and as they go through life’s different phases. There is no point in feeling great pride or great shame simply because of temporary circumstances.

The Future is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World 

by the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

Week of March 13-19, 2017

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Saturday 3/18 Ngondro practice 9:30 AM

Sunday 3/19 

  • 9 AM – 10Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 – 11shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Semi-Annual Member’s meeting – followed by potluck luncheon.  Please come and support our center with your ideas and or concerns for how we can better serve your needs and interests.

 SAVE THE DATE: 

April 8th & 9th, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and give a public talk, “Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism”.  Stay tuned!

May all beings be happy!

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

When we are serving the Buddha’s teaching, there are three main activities we can do: understand the teachings, maintain them, and spread them….

Of these three, the activity of spreading the teachings is the most important as it includes everything.

 Khenpo Sherap Phunstok, A Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities

Week of March 6-12, 2017

Posted on March 5th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 3/7 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual in which we make offerings of prayers and food to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Set up is at 6:30.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack such as fruit, crackers, chips, nuts, sweets, or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.

Sunday 3/12 

  • 9 AM -10 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 – 11 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen(compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Teaching on The Importance of a Spiritual Friend

May your heart be joyful today and always.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Whether an action is compassionate or not really depends upon whether your motive is to benefit others or not.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Excellent at the Beginning: Discovering the Buddhist Way

 

Week of February 27-March 5

Posted on February 28th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/28 7 PM Losar (Tibetan New Year) year of the Firebird.  Please join us for a special celebration with prayer, chanting and meditation, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share.

Sunday 3/5

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, chapter 6 (Patience) continued

May the New Year bring you peace, happiness, good health and prosperity.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

As dark as this world may seem,

We must be a bright torch in that darkness.

As deceptive as this world may seem,

We must strive for goodness.

      The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

Week of February 20-26, 2017

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana practice

Saturday 2/25 9:30 AM Ngondro practice for those who are currently doing ngondro or who need a dose of inspiration.

Sunday 2/26 

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana practice
  • 10 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 No Teaching, we will be cleaning the shrine room in preparation for Losar, Tibetan New Year of the Firebird, which we will celebrate on Tuesday 2/28.

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 Please mark you calendars for our Losar celebration on Tuesday 2/28 at 7 PM !

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The actual self is like a vast and endless web that connects all possible phenomena.  So we have to expand the way we think the self exists so that it can pervade the whole, immense universe and make untold numbers of connections.

       The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Week of February 13-19

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/14          Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • 7 Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
  • Short Green Tara sadhana
  • Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 2/19

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitbha sadhanas
  • 10 AM shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Introductory teaching “The 6 Perfections” from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book, Excellent at the Beginning

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Love and compassion are like seeds within us. Like the seeds of a tree, these seeds require nurturing so that they can develop. We develop the seeds of love and compassion through patience, through diligence and through compassionate action.

17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

Week of February 6-12, 2017

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/7 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual where we make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings. After making these offerings, we too share in them.  Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. 6:30PM preparation time.

Friday – Sunday  2/10 – 2/12 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche live podcast teaching on Karma Chagme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations 

Rinpoche will teach about 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,
  • Sun  10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

I sincerely hope you can make it to this weekend’s very special teaching.

Wishing you a blessed, peace-filled and productive week ahead.

Yours in dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Even though you know you will die,

Even though every one knows that,

they are deceived by thinking they have plenty of time…

Therefore it is a profound dharma to think of death

Three times every day so that it pierces your heart.

The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen, by Karma Chakme

 

Week if January 30-February 5, 2017

Posted on January 31st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Happy Year of the Fire Rooster !!

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 1/31 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Sunday 2/5

  • 9AM – 10 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 – 11 shamata (peace meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 Book study The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva

 The Buddha taught that ultimately, the only true and lasting happiness in this world comes from changing our focus from ourselves to others. When we sincerely wish and work for the happiness and benefit of others, we create our own happiness and make our lives truly meaningful.

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, New Year’s message