Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

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

Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

July 20 - July 24, 2017

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).

July 20, Thursday (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.

July 20, Thursday (10:00 am) | 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.

21Tara resized

July 21 - July 23, Friday - Sunday | Drolma Yuldok, a practice based on the 21 Taras
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.

Preparations for the practice will take place Friday morning and chanting will begin that afternoon and continue for the next two days.


July 23, 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.

July 24, 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.


Settling the Mind - the Practice of Calm Abiding

July 30, 2017 (Sunday)



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

July 30 – Lama Depa


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.


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.
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.