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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.

 

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Losar (Tibetan and Chinese New Year) Schedule 2018
Year of the Earth Dog
Clearing Obstacles for the New Year

February 12 - 18, 2018

We invite you to join the Sangha of KTC in prayers to clear obstacles in the coming year. 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 12, 13 & 14 (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) | 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 15 (Thursday)

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 16 (Friday)
| Losar Day - First Day of the Tibetan and Chinese New Year
6:00-8:00 am
| Daily 
Morning Services (Morning Tsokpa) 
Includes practices of the female bodhisattva Tara and Medicine Buddha.
9:00 am | Lighting of 500 Butterlamps
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). 
1
:00 pm | Lunch

If you would like to join us for lunch, kindly RSVP to [email protected]

February 18 (Sunday) 10:00 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 credit card charge form to the above KTC address or fax it to (845) 297-5761.  For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

You may donate any amount and provide us with the names for dedication (both living and deceased).  To make these dedications, download the donation form in Chinese and English.

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.

 

Empowerment of Amitayus, the Buddha of Limitless Life

February 18, 2018 (Sunday)

Amitayus-resized


Lama Tsering Dakpa
will bestow the long life empowerment of Amitayus from Machik Drupai Gyalmo, an 11th century female siddha from India who was a teacher of Rechungpa.

 


2:00 pm | Amitayus Empowerment


 

 



Fee:
$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.

 

Lama Tsering Teaching on Impermanence

 

CANCELED

February 25, 2018 (Sunday)  

LamaTseringDakpaResizedLama Tsering Dakpa, the new retreat master at KTC will continue his series of teachings on traditional Buddhist philosophy and tranquility meditation, using classical texts such as Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher; a favorite of Tibetans and of the Dalai Lama himself.

 

1:30 pm |  Teaching on Impermanence

 

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

 

Milarepa Day

March 1, 2018 (Thursday)

MilarepaResizedPlease join the KTC sangha as we chant the Guru Yoga of Milarepa to commemorate the occasion of his paranirvana-- the day he left his body and entered the Pure Realms. Milarepa is the most beloved yogi and poet of Tibet. One of the forefathers of the Kagyu lineage, he is revered for his inspirational life story and profound songs of realization. The Guru Yoga of Milarepa is an essential practice of the Kagyu lineage in which the transmission of devotion becomes the basis of Mahamudra.

 

 

7:30pm - 8:30pm | Chanting of Milarepa Practice

 

 

 

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.