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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.

Settling the Mind - the Practice of Calm Abiding

May 21, 2017 (Sunday)

 

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Please join us for a series of guided meditation sessions led by graduates of the three year retreat program.  The sessions will be held in the main shrine room of the new Maitreya Center.  There will be two sessions each day and you are welcome to join one or both.  Each session will begin with meditation instruction, include both sitting and walking meditation and end with time for questions about the practice.


 

 

Session times: 10:00am & 1:30pm


May 21 – Lama Yeshe Rabsal

 


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

 

Reservations  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 31 - June 2, 2017  (Wednesday - Friday)  

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is May 15, 2017.

 

1000armChenrezigResized During the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha, join the KTC Sangha as we participate in the practice of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). 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 (including any water, liquids and medications) and is 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.

 

Please note: it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before as the practice begins Wednesday at 5:30 am. The practice will end on Friday morning around 6:00 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).

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by May 15, 2017.

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

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 /Non-Members   $80 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 /Non-Members   $120 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 /Non-Members   $130 /Member

 

The Malleable Machinery of Me:
Emerging Neuroscientific Understanding of Consciousness, Egoic Sense of Self, Empathy, and 'Voluntary' Behavior

June 3, 2017 (Saturday) at 7:30 pm

JeffColombeResized03Mar2017 1We are pleased to welcome back Jeff Colombe, Ph.D, as part of an occasional series of supplementary talks regarding mind in the modern world.

What does it mean to be conscious? What does it mean to have an individual self, or ego? How do my (apparently) voluntary behaviors arise? How do I relate to others? These questions will be explored in terms of brain function studied from a third-person scientific point of view, as well as from a first-person perspective of direct experience, mental health, and spiritual practice. We will take a journey from sensing, to perceiving, to assigning value to what is perceived, to trained or spontaneous behavioral responses, everyday compulsions and inhibitions, and transcending the apparent boundary between self and other to discover compassion and empathy. Implications for mental health and well-being will be discussed.

Jeff Colombe has a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in neurobiology, and works for a not-for-profit advising the federal government in science and technology issues in the public interest. He has over 20 years of study under teachers of Kashmir Shaivism and Dzogchen meditation.


Admission is free

 

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.

 

Settling the Mind - the Practice of Calm Abiding

June 4, 2017 (Sunday)

 

LotusPhotograph

Please join us for a series of guided meditation sessions led by graduates of the three year retreat program.  The sessions will be held in the main shrine room of the new Maitreya Center.  There will be two sessions each day and you are welcome to join one or both.  Each session will begin with meditation instruction, include both sitting and walking meditation and end with time for questions about the practice.


 

 

Session times: 10:00am & 1:30pm


June 4 – Lama Drolma (morning session); Lama Lhadrun (afternoon session)

 


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

 

Reservations  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.