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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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Join us for our annual fundraising event benefiting the Maitreya Center, a sacred space in the Tibetan tradition dedicated to the study and practice of meditation as a path to compassion, unity, and peace. Bring your family, friends and pets!

Sunday October 7, 2018 at 11:00am    

Race Day Registration: 10:00AM, Race Starts: 11:00AM (Rain, Shine or Snow)
Pavilion #1 at Bowdoin Park,
85 Sheafe Road,
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590


This is a nationally recognized 5K course. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE OR TO SPONSOR AN ATHLETE

  • Online Registration Fee: ADULT - $20 / KID’S Dash - $10 (plus $2.35 service fee)
  • Fee to Register On Site the day of the race (8:00am  - 9:00 am):  ADULT- $25 / KID’S Dash - $15  

For Donations only:

  • To make a donation online click here. 
  • To make a donation by check, please make check payable to KTC, note check memo “5K Run”.  Mail to KTC, 245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

For further questions, contact: [email protected]

Click here for more information on the Maitreya Center.

  

See you out there on the course!

 

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche - Shangpa Teachings and Empowerments

October 20 - 22, 2018 (Saturday - Monday)  

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Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born in 1990 in Darjeeling, India. Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa officially recognized him as Kalu Rinpoche’s young reincarnation on March 25, 1992, saying that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche himself. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was then consulted and confirmed that the child, then one and a half years old, was surely and unmistakably the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche.

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche received the complete Empowerments of the Shangpa Kaygu Lineage from the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. Thereafter he entered into the traditional Shangpa Kagyu Retreat at Bokar Monastery. In September of 2008 the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche completed his first three-year retreat.

Since 2010, Rinpoche has been travelling to meet and care for his world-wide community of students, and is committed to continuing the unbroken transmissions of the precious Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages.

  

Both Chinese and English translation will be provided. Schedule is as follows:

October 20 (Saturday) 

9:30 am | Teaching on Meditation Part 1 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche
1:30 pm | Consecration of White Tara Statue
3:00 pm | Teaching on Meditation Part 2 
Based on text of pith instructions written by the previous Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

October 21 (Sunday) 

9:30 am | Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History
This teaching will provide background for both the Four Deities empowerment and the Six Arm Mahakala empowerment; attendance is required for both empowerments.
1:30 pm | Four Deities Empowerment (Lhashi)
The 'Combined Practice of the Four Deities' is a guru yoga from the Shangpa tradition that includes Mahakala, Vajrayogini, Chenrezig and Tara in one practice.

To attend this empowerment:

  • Refuge is required
  • Attendance at this morning's teaching 'Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History' is required.

3:00 pm | Six Arm Mahakala Empowerment (Chadrupa)
The swift-acting, six-arm Awareness Protector  Six-Arm Mahakala, is the special protector of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. As the wrathful emanation of Chenrezig, the Wisdom Protector protects the dharma and dharma practitioners by dispelling their obstacles, obscurations and disturbing emotions.

To attend this empowerment:

  • Refuge is required
  • Attendance at this morning's teaching 'Meaning of Empowerment, Shangpa Lineage History' is required.

Fee per session : $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration. 

October 22 (Monday) 

7:30 pm | Finding Balance in a Chaotic World
Buddhist meditations to develop peace and compassion

No charge; donations accepted 

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you need overnight accommodations.  Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. 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.

 

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

October 28 - November 1, 2018  (Sunday - Thursday)  

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October 31 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

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.

 

 

The dates for each set are as follows:
Set 1   Begins October 28 (Sunday) at 5:30 am.  Ends October 30 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins October 30 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends November 1 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

Guests are welcome to participate in either or both 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 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.  

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 at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.

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 


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

 

Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

November 5 - 19, 2018 

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).

November 5Monday (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:

Shakyamuni Buddha (1)

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.

  

November 6Tuesday (10:00 am) | Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra

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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.

 

 

 

November 15, Thursday

6:30am | 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.

10:00am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), 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.
 

November 16 - 18, Friday - Sunday | Drolma Yuldok, a practice based on the 21 Taras

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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.


Friday - Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am; chanting will begin after lunch
Saturday & Sunday: Chanting begins at 9:00 am

 

 

November 18, 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.

November 19, 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.