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Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

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

Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

December 7 - 18, 2017 

We invite you to join the KTC Sangha for a variety of chanting events to dispel obstacles and bring about auspicious conditions.  The dates are listed below.  To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

PrajnaParamitaResizedDec 7, Thursday (10:00 am) | Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra


Sherab Nyingpo is an obstacle averting practice that dispels unfavorable circumstances and prompts good conditions. The Heart Sutra is recited repeatedly as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death). The practice invokes the blessings of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas.


Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am.

 

Dec 8, Friday (1:30 pm) | Gya Shi, "The Practice of the Four Hundred Offerings"
Gya Shi is a practice involving four hundred offerings which is done as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).  The four hundred offerings are described in the practice text below:

Namo!
The vast offerings of Gya Shi are dedicated to the accumulation of merit and wisdom.
Through the blessings of offering 100 tsa-tsa, may all beings engage in the 10 virtues and give up the 10 non-virtues.
Through the merit of offering 100 butterlamps, may all beings clear away the darkness of ignorance so that the 5 wisdoms may be realized.
Through the merit of offering 100 tormas, may all beings be free from famine.
Through the merit of offering 100 chambu (effigies), may all beings purify all karmic debt which makes harmful hindrances.
Though the blessing of reciting the profound sutras, may all beings always turn the wheel of dharma. Through the roots of virtue of offering 400, may myself and all patrons and their loved ones repay all karmic debts. May we perfect the two accumulations and attain the precious level of unsurpassable enlightenment.

 Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am.

 

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This is a three-day practice to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions. Transliterated and translated versions of the text will be available to guests. It is also very beneficial to recite the mantra of Tara in the shrine room on one's own while the ceremony is being performed. You may wish to bring small trinkets, candies and cookies to add to the Tara mandala in order to create an auspicious connection with the practice and its vast benefits.

Preparations for the practice will take place Friday morning and chanting will begin that afternoon and continue for the next two days.


Dec 17
, Sunday
(
following Drolma Yuldok chanting) | Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.

Dec 18, Monday (10:00 am) | Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony
Sang is a special morning purification fire ceremony. It 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, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge 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.

 

2017 Year-End Chanting Practices

December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2018

The KTC Sangha will be chanting practices for averting obstacles, sickness, war, and disasters, bringing all auspicious conditions for the coming year.  The dates are listed below.  To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

December 27 - 29, Wednesday - Friday (9:00 am) | Druptab, the extended version of the Six-Armed Chadrupa practice
These extended Mahakala prayers are performed to clear away obstacles.

December 31, Sunday (2:00 pm) | Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.

December 31, Sunday (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.

January 1, Monday (10:00 am) | Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony
Sang is a special morning purification fire ceremony. It 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, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge 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 below for details. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Lama Tsering Teaches Monday Night Meditation Class

January 8, 2018

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Lama Tsering will be leading the 'Introduction to Buddhist Meditation' class this Monday evening.  Teachings include foundational Buddhist thought along with meditation instructions, which are 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. The class is free of charge. 

 

 

7:30-8:30pm | Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Body and Mind: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

January 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Join us for a weekend of exploring ancient Tibetan practices for both physical and spiritual health, according to traditional Tibetan Medicine and the meditation of Medicine Buddha. 

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Dr. Jinpa and his wife and translator, Lilly Atlihan, will be giving an introduction to Tibetan Medicine. Beginning with the view of Tibetan Medicine and its intimate connection to Buddhist Philosophy, they will cover the practical application of Tibetan medical principles for preventative care and health maintenance.

Dr. Jinpa began his studies as a monk at Mura Samtem Chökur Ling, a Nyingma monastery in Machu, Amdo, Tibet. Jinpa received a rigorous education in Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice and the medical tantras that form the basis of Tibetan medical theory. He studied these together with astrology, which are traditional complements to each other.

When Jinpa was 18 he left Tibet and arrived in India a year later. While living in Dharamsala, India, Jinpa studied in an intensive apprenticeship under Dr. Tenzin Thaye, the current personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and head of the Pharmaceutical Department of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, or Men-Tsee-Khang. For three years, Dr. Thaye instructed Jinpa closely, especially focusing on the external therapies; acupuncture, moxabustion, and cupping. With two other physicians, Dr. Sinthar and Dr. Pema Dorje, he focused on the subtleties of pulse diagnosis, urinalysis, medical potencies and prescription. Jinpa’s primary teachers rigorously tested his competency and authorized Dr. Jinpa to begin practicing on his own in 2013.

Lilly Atlihan began studying Dharma at age 16, and seven years later began studying Tibetan language. Her language studies began at the University of Virginia in 2011 and continued that same year to Naropa University. In order to study in full immersion, she lived and studied in Dharamsala, India for three years. In 2014, she began translating full-time for Dr Jinpa, a doctor of Tibetan medicine.      

   

10:00 am & 2:00 pm| Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

 

Fee per session: $25 Non-members | $20 Members

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 below for details.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.

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