Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

In addition to special events, Kagyu Thubten Chöling also hosts an ongoing program of classes and events.

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Losar (Tibetan New Year) Schedule 2017
Year of the Fire Rooster

February 23 - March 1, 2017

We invite you to join the Sangha of KTC to our Losar (Tibetan New Year) chanting activities and celebration. The dates of the chanting practices are listed below. To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

February 23, 24 & 25 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) |
Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice)
These extended Mahakala prayers are performed to clear away obstacles for the new year.  Bernachen swore an oath to protect the Buddha’s teachings.  As the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has taught, Bernachen and the Karmapa are inseparable.

February 26 (Sunday)

2:00 pm | Evening Fire Offering (Sür)
The evening fire offering averts obstacles and sickness, clears away karmic debts, and is dedicated to those who are dying and deceased.
Following Sür | Long Life Ritual (Chiblu) inserted inside Daily Protector Practice (Mahakala)
This vajrayana ritual is a profound means to avert obstacles to long life.

February 27 (Monday)
| Losar Day
5:30 am
Welcome in the New Year with the traditional playing of instruments and offering the white offering scarves (katas) to the shrines.
6:00-8:00 am
| Daily 
Morning Services (Morning Tsokpa) 
Includes practices of the female bodhisattva Tara and Medicine Buddha.
9:30 am
| Prayers for long life and auspicious conditions for the new year.  These include Shangpa Kagyu practices of White Mahakala (Gönkar) and Summoning Abundance (Yang Guk). Tea and ceremonial rice (dresi) will be offered to the assembly during the chanting.
:00 pm |
New Year's Dinner with Lama Norlha Rinpoche
If you would like to join us for our annual dinner, kindly RSVP to [email protected].

March 1 (Wednesday) 9:00 am
| Morning Fire Offering (Sang)
This special morning purification fire ceremony is an offering to all worldly gods and the 4 guests: Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. This practice pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness.  It also creates merit and concludes the year-end chanting by purifying any remaining obstacles.

There are many ways to participate in these auspicious activities. During all of these dates, the shrine room is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals, fire offering ceremonies, or the tea served during the chanting. General contributions towards these special practices are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Kagyu Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC.  For credit card payments (VISA or MasterCard), mail a donation form to the above KTC address or fax it to (845) 297-5761.  For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced. 

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required one week in advance 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.


General Information about Events at KTC

Note: We do not offer seminars every weekend. Please check the special events listings or contact us to find out about upcoming seminars.

Seminar fees are per session and do not include charges for meals or accommodations.
Seminars taught by Lama Norlha Rinpoche: $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid ID)
Seminars taught by KTC retreat graduates: $20 Non-members | $15 Members | $10 Students (with valid ID)
Pricing for visiting teachers may vary and will be included in the description of individual events above.
Registration: Before every session, please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page.
Cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard accepted.

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change. To confirm programs, please call (845) 297- 2500.