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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.

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

May 26, 2019 (Sunday)   Please note change of date!

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Lama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the KTC sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.  A combination of profound meditation instruction and plain-spoken reminders about the way we can delude ourselves on the path, this melodiously sung devotional prayer is an inspiration for practitioners of all levels.

English and Chinese texts available.

 

10:00 am | Teaching on Calling the Lama from Afar
11:00 am | Chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar

 


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to download English text of Calling the Lama from Afar.  

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com 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.

 

Settling the Mind - the Practice of Calm Abiding

May 26, 2019 (Sunday)

 

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Please join us for a guided meditation session led by a graduate of the three year retreat program.  The session will be held in the main shrine room of the Maitreya Center.  It will begin with meditation instruction, include both sitting and walking meditation, and end with time for questions about the practice.


 

 

 

2:00 pm | Teaching on the Practice of Calm Abiding

 


There is no charge for the session but donations are welcome.

 

Reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com 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.

 

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

June 4 - 20, 2019   

Reservations are required by Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

 

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 June 4 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends June 6 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins June 6 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 8 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins June 8 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 10 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins June 10 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 12 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins June 12 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 14 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins June 14 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 16 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins June 16 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 18 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins June 18 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 20 (Thursday) 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 by Sunday, May 26.  Please submit an on-line reservation for the Nyungne set(s) you intend to participate in.

 

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

 

Commemoration of Father's Day

June 16, 2019 (Sunday)

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The Kagyu Thubten Chöling sangha invites you to join us in honoring all fathers through chanting the short practice of Chenrezig, the deity who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, followed by recitation of Guru Rinpoche's Seven Line Prayer.  

The merit accumulated through participating in these inspiring practices will be dedicated to the countless beings who have been our fathers since beginningless time.  Chanting texts will be available with English and Chinese transliteration and translation -- so everyone can participate.


1:30 pm
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Chanting of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche's Seven Line Prayer

 

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com 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.