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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Daily Morning Services (Wed, Nov 01, 2017 6:00 am - 8:00 am)

These services are held everyday, but their details are only listed on the first day of the month.

 

You are welcome to join us for all or part of our morning services, called "tsokpa", to sit in meditation. Chanting is in Tibetan, so for those interested in participating in the chanting, transliterated copies of the text are available for use in the shrine room. Morning Tsokpa includes Tara and Medicine Buddha.

(Free of charge)

Daily Evening Service (Wed, Nov 01, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

These services are held everyday, but their details are only listed on the first day of the month.

 

You are welcome to join us for all or part of our evening services, called "tsokpa", to sit in meditation. Chanting is in Tibetan, so for those interested in participating in the chanting, transliterated copies of the text are available for use in the shrine room. Evening Tsokpa includes the Mahakala Protector practices.

(Free of charge)

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Nov 01, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Nov 02, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, November 03, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Nov 03, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Nov 04, 2017 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Sat, Nov 04, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Nov 04, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Sun, Nov 05, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

LamaTseringDakpaResizedLama Tsering Dakpa, the new retreat master at KTC will continue his series of teachings on Patrul Rinpoche’s The Words of My Perfect Teacher.  A favorite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The Words of My Perfect Teacher is a practical guide to the spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Patrul Rinpoche makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life.

 

1:30 pm |  Teaching on The Words of My Perfect Teacher

 

Seminar fees: $25 Non-members | $20 Members per session

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
 
 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC  for details.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Nov 05, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, November 06, 2017

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Nov 06, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Chödron, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the KTC library (first floor, to the right off the entryway). 

 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Nov 08, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Nov 09, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Fri, Nov 10, 2017 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Fri, Nov 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Nov 10, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Nov 11, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Nov 12, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezi (Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:00 am - Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 am)

November 7 - 13, 2017  (Tuesday - Monday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is October 10, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized
November 10 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 7 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 9 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 9 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 11 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins Nov 11 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 13 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.


Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice. 
Please contact her by emailing [email protected] or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by October 10, 2017.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 
Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Nov 13, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, Nov 14, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Chödron, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the KTC library (first floor, to the right off the entryway). 

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Nov 15, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Nov 16, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Nov 17, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Nov 18, 2017 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Nov 18, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Chanting of Chenrezig Practice For Victims of Gun Violence (Sat, Nov 18, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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We originally scheduled this event in response to the Las Vegas shooting that took place October 1, 2017. Unfortunately, several other mass shootings have occurred since then, so we will be praying for all victims of gun violence. November 18 is the 49th day of the Bardo for the Las Vegas victims, which is generally considered the final day before beings are reborn into their next life.  We will be praying that all victims quickly attain enlightenment and that their families be free from suffering. 

 

Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature.”

 

The event is free of charge, and the liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation. Chanting will take place in the Maitreya Shrine Hall.

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Sun, Nov 19, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

LamaTseringDakpaResizedLama Tsering Dakpa, the new retreat master at KTC will continue his series of teachings on Patrul Rinpoche’s The Words of My Perfect Teacher.  A favorite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The Words of My Perfect Teacher is a practical guide to the spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Patrul Rinpoche makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life.

 

1:30 pm |  Teaching on The Words of My Perfect Teacher

 

Seminar fees: $25 Non-members | $20 Members per session

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
 
 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC  for details.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Nov 19, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Nov 20, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, Nov 21, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Chödron, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the KTC library (first floor, to the right off the entryway). 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Nov 22, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Nov 23, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Fri, Nov 24, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thousandfold Lamps & Offerings (Tong Chö) (Sat, Nov 25, 2017 6:30 am - 8:00 am)

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.



(Free of charge)


Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro) (Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

(Free of charge)

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sat, Nov 25, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Sun, Nov 26, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Mon, Nov 27, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 



(Free of charge)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Study Group on The Great Path of Awakening (Tue, Nov 28, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Led by Lamas Depa and Chödron, we will explore in depth The Seven Points of Mind Training, a classic (yet always contemporary) set of methods for cultivating love, compassion, and the full awakening of buddhahood using both meditation and our daily life experiences. Our study is based mainly on two books: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (2005 Shambhala edition recommended) and Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa. Both books are available in the KTC bookstore. They are recommended but not required for participation. Newcomers are welcome any Tuesday. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. The study group meets in the KTC library (first floor, to the right off the entryway). 

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sitting Meditation (Wed, Nov 29, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our weekly open practice hour consists of sitting meditation guided by an experienced meditator.  It is an opportunity for individuals to work with meditation methods they have learned during KTC's Monday night class or on their own.  There is no formal teaching or questions and answers.

(Free of charge)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chenrezig Chanting Practice (Thu, Nov 30, 2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Please join us as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Our root lama, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, emphasized the practice of Chenrezig for his western students. In his own words, “Chenrezig represents the union of love and compassion of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Meditation on Chenrezig develops that love and compassion in practitioners, thus leading to the realization of emptiness, the ultimate nature. That is why I chose this deity for Western students.”

The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

This practice is also chanted Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday earlier in the day.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Herb Propper.

 

(Free of charge)

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