Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

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

Commemoration of Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

May 10, 2018 (Thursday)

Kalu Rinpoche

Join the KTC sangha as we commemorate the occasion of our root lama Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche's parinirvana -- the day he left his body and entered the Pure Realms.   We will be offering a full Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö) and chanting Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga) -- a special aspiration practice compiled by Kalu Rinpoche himself.  Kalu Rinpoche’s feast offering (tsok) will also be included.

6:30 am | Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö)
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.


9:30 am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga) and Feast Offering (Tsok), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro)
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.


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.


Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

May 16 - June 1, 2018   

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is May 1, 2018


1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

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, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

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 am every day throughout the retreat.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 18 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 18 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 20 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 20 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 22 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 22 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 24 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 24 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 26 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 26 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 28 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 28 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 30 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 30 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 1 (Friday) about 9:30 am.

Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi 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 May 1, 2018.


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

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free


Krishna Das - Yogini Benefit Concert

June 3, 2018 (Sunday)  

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Join us for an evening of devotional music in the beautiful Maitreya Center. Proceeds will support women practicing in the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat at KTC Monastery. The cloistered retreat creates a unique environment for devoting all the energies of body, speech and mind to the transformative meditation practices of the Vajrayana, with the intention to free all sentient beings from suffering.

The women in the current retreat have completed almost a year and a half, and are in need of funds to cover the cost of the full retreat. They are a strong and determined group of meditators who aspire to pervade the world with compassion.

3:00 -5:30pm | Yogini Benefit Concert

Ticket price: advance $40 plus ticketing fee/$50 cash at the door. 

For information and tickets:

Telephone: (845) 505-0788
To email, click here
For tickets, click here

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details.


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 the resident teacher: $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.
Reservations (1 week in advance) are required for all meals and overnight stays.
Please use our online Reservation Form. If you need assistance or have to make a reservation closer to the event please email [email protected].
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.

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