Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind

Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind

Most living beings seek mental happiness and want to eliminate suffering, but just wishing will not bring this about. We may even create the opposite. So we must search for the cause of suffering and the cause of happiness. The afflictions are the cause of samsara, of all mental discomfort and suffering. The remedy is meditation. – HH Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Please join us on Zoom Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm for Meditation Instruction by KTC Director, Michael Turnquist with Q&A by Lama Losang. This informative session on Meditation will give you the tools to this fundamental practice of all Buddhist traditions.

Instructors at Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville have received approval to teach Shinay meditation, also known as “silent-sitting” meditation, from our parent Monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

This instruction is open to everyone and you do not have to be Buddhist to meditate.This class is great for both beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

This is a free instruction. Any donations to KTC Jax are gratefully accepted. We hope to see you!

Use Zoom link to join https://zoom.us/j/287048452?pwd=WFc5WEJrNUlzSjlvNzFuZjkxNG1uZz09

First Light Ceremony January 1st 2021

“Every year at sunrise on January 1, Kagyu monasteries and dharma centers gather together to light lamps, recite prayers of lamp offering and dedicate themselves to peace – in their own lives, homes and the world. As the “home” of the First Light observance, KTD has been lighting 108 lamps for world peace every day since Jan. 1, 2000. Join us for our special prayers in front of our beautiful Buddha shrine, and make aspirations for yourself, your family and friends, and the world.”
Our first light ceremony will look a little different this year due to the pandemic and our center moving temporarily, but we would like to invite you to continue in this years First Light tradition with our parent monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra at 7:00am on New Years Day. Join us this Friday morning via the KTD YouTube channel or through KTD’s Facebook page to participate in this special ceremony as we make aspirations. Link to KTD facebook invite

Special Announcement McDuff Ave Location Closure

On Behalf of Lama Losang and the Board of Directors of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville, we wish to extend warmest season’s greetings to all! As we enter the winter holiday season we send our humble gratitude to each and every one of you! We send special thanks to our KTC members and supporters for your continued and committed efforts toward the support of Kagyu Dharma in Northeast Florida!

As we look back at 2020, we have much to be thankful for, despite the many challenges that we have all faced during this year of pandemic. The blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, of His Holiness Karmapa, and Kagyu Lineage are inseparable with all sentient beings. We have courage and confidence for the future.

As a Sangha, we have all had the experience, extraordinary privilege, and blessings to participate in the KTC Jax center located at 1258 McDuff Avenue for the last two decades.

As most of you know, the building in which we have met for so many years was recently placed on the market for sale. As well, we have been unable to meet face-to-face due to COVID since March of this year. As a result, we have made the decision to permanently close the doors of the McDuff location on December 31, 2020.

This decision was the result of many months of meetings, strategic planning, input from the Sangha, and input from the leadership of our parent organization, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery.

The Board of Directors has carefully planned to place the furnishing and support items of the center in storage during this upcoming interim time as we proceed to look for a permanent location for the center in 2021.

Board members are working diligently, continually assessing our future needs concerning a new location, continuing with our fundraising opportunities and efforts, and seeking assistance from foundations. We are also exploring the possibility of a loan in order to establish a larger space that will be able to accommodate the ever-increasing interest in Dharma in our area.

As we move forward into the New Year, we will maintain our commitment to the Jacksonville community by continuing to serve others by way of virtual format. KTC Jacksonville will continue offering a number of weekly practice sessions virtually, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha. All activities will take place virtually. Below is the Zoom link for our weekly activities. On Tuesdays, we offer Medicine Buddha practice at 7pm. At 7pm on Wednesdays, we offer group Dharma study along with Silent Sitting Meditation. We meet virtually at 10am on Saturday mornings for book study, which is followed with Chenrezik or Tara practice at 10:30 am. We will also be offering more visiting teacher sessions in new year.

The Zoom meeting link is:

https://zoom.us/j/287048452?pwd=WFc5WEJrNUlzSjlvNzFuZjkxNG1uZz09

If you need assistance using zoom please contact us so we can help get you started.

Please let us know how we can further assist you as a Sangha moving forwardWe look forward to a New Year replete with opportunity for growth and continued blessings! Thank you for your continued input and support!

May the blessings of the Buddha be with you all during this holiday season!

Yours in the Dharma,

Michael Turnquist, Director, KTC Jacksonville

KTC Jax Sangha Business Meeting

On behalf of Lama Losang and the Board of Directors of Karma Thegsum Choling, we send warmest greetings!
Over the 34 plus years that KTC Jax has served the Northeast Florida Community by offering a place and platform for the hearing, contemplation, and practice of the teachings of Kagyu Buddhism, we have been blessed beyond measure by the presence of our teachers, the authentic practices of our tradition, as well as the opportunity to serve others. This center and other KTC’s across the country have positively touched the lives of thousands of people over the last four decades.
Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche founded KTC Jacksonville in 1986. His blessings remain in the activity of all KTC centers.
On many occasions I remember Rinpoche’s admonition to not take the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, for granted. That we must actively sustain not only our personal practice, but also the activity of the centers themselves. This activity is comprised of an active form of engagement, and of personal responsibility.
Rarely have Rinpoche’s words rang more truly than several weeks ago, when the BOD of Jacksonville received the message from the property owner that our current location, which we have been renting for 17 years, would be sold. During the last few weeks, the Board of Directors has moved forward with several initiatives to information gather funding for a permanent residence for the Jacksonville KTC, a long aspired for wish, not only on the part of our Sangha, but also on the part of our Teachers.
The activity of our Sangha, which over many years, has worked tirelessly to fundraise for a permanent facility, continues to do so successfully.
The Jacksonville BOD wishes to extend a warm invitation to all of you, and anyone interested in supporting the KTC and its activity, to a virtual all Sangha business meeting to be held next Saturday, November 14th at noon. Zoom meeting information below.
We are very interested in and gently request, your suggestions, feedback, and recommendations.
Please join us next Saturday for this important meeting! If you cannot make the virtual meeting, we encourage you to contact us and email us with your suggestions, and offers of assistance at info@ktcjax.org.
Thank you for your continuous support of one another as a Sangha and for making the Dharma available to the NE Florida community.
With gratitude.
Michael Turnquist, Director
Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Mindfulness during the pandemic, A live Dharma talk with Lama Losang

Take part in our live video talk with Lama Losang. He will discuss the methods we can work with to promote happiness and a healthy mind.

With so much to stress we place on ourselves, and the external pressures of the pandemic mindfulness training can be of great benefit. These Tibetan Buddhist practices can give us the resilience we need to overcome difficulties we deal with during this extraordinary time.

He will be available to discuss any questions you have about mindfulness as well as other topics about Buddhism. Virtual Dharma talk is Saturday 10a-12pm November 7th.

Suggested donation is $10, but any donation is appreciated to take part. If you cannot make a donation please e-mail info@ktcjax.org for assistance.

Please use this eventbrite link for tickets for access to the zoom link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindfulness-during-the-pandemic-a-live-dharma-talk-with-lama-losang-tickets-126326653421

Lama Losang/David Bole, completed the traditional three year retreat at Karme Ling Retreat Center under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He is currently serving as the Resident Lama for the Gainesville KTC and Spiritual Director at KTC Jacksonville. In addition, he received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida. He is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, A.P. and Director of the Traditional Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at KTD.

This talk is part of fundraising activities for Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville so we can continue providing dharma in North East Florida. Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville, an authorized Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center of the Karma Kagyu tradition located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Established in 1986, we are a local 501(c) 3 and have served the North East Florida community for more than 30 years by providing a platform for meditation instruction and education on the practices and philosophy of authentic Tibetan Buddhism

The Golden Eight-Petaled Lotus: Meditation & Eastern Medicine (Saturday practice Change 9/26)

In support of KTC Columbus rebuilding Lama Losang will be giving a teaching on “The Golden Eight Petal Louts: Meditation & Eastern Medicine”. We are encouraging everyone to attend and will not have Saturday book study or practice in support of this teaching. As this is a donation only event if you are unable to donate at this time please e-mail lamakathy@columbusktc.org and a no-cost ticket will be provided to you. Thanks for understanding and we look forward to this wonderful teaching.

The Golden Eight-Petaled Lotus: Meditation & Eastern Medicine
An Online Event with Lama Losang 
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET 
This workshop will be an introduction to the Golden Eight-Petalled Lotus of Asian Medicine. The Eight Petals represent the areas of one’s life that are studied and the methods that are practiced for cultivating health and preventing disease. The Eight Petals are presented in an ideal hierarchy showing exactly what is to be practiced for optimal health in mind and body. Lama Losang will present the Eight Petals and offer advice on how to carry them out in everyday life.
Well-being is experienced in body & mind, but begins with the mind.  
Learning eight steps (“eight petals”) will guide us to optimum wellness. 
Lama Losang is a fully ordained monk (Gelong) in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed a three-year retreat under the guidance of renowned Kagyu master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He continued his studies at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Oxford, England, where he completed two post graduate degrees. He has studied healing arts, meditation, martial arts, Tai Chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chi Gong in the U.S., England, China, Tibet, India and Japan. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Florida and serves as the resident teacher for the Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling Center in Gainesville, Florida.
To register for this event, please click here to visit the EventBrite registration page.

About KTC Jax

Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville KTCJax is a Tibetan Buddhist Practice Center of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddha Dharma. The Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism & is often called “The Whispered Lineage” because its highest teachings are still passed in an unbroken line from teacher to student since the days of the Buddha.
Founded in June of 1986, we’re also an affiliate Center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York, guides our Center.
Please visit! We welcome all those interested in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and offer a range of activities to satisfy practitioners and visitors alike.


Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville
1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205
(904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

June News and His Holiness Karmapa’s and KTC Jax’s Birthday Celebration

When you feel authentic love toward others, you will be deeply moved to act. You will not rest until you have found ways to secure the happiness of all those you are able to include in your feelings of love. As you learn to love more and more widely, your love will motivate you to act to benefit not just the few people in your inner circle, but your whole society, and eventually, the whole world.
– His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa


Virtual Practice and Center Update

Tashi Delek! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We are currently continuing our Virtual Dharma practice until we have clarity that practice in person will be safe for all practitioner’s and monastics. We understand this is a difficult time for many and in following the guidance of our parent monastery are hopeful when the time is right we can join you in person for practice. As we move forward with Virtual Dharma practice we are adding back our Buddhism Basic’s class online in hopes more people will be able to attend.  Entering our 34th year as a center we also celebrate His Holiness Karmapa’s 34th birthday. As part of this auspicious week and also the end of Saga Dawa (Celebration of Buddha’s Life, Enlightenment and Death) we have special opportunities for practice as well some enhancements to our existing online practices. During Saga Dawa it is extremely meritorious to meditate, practice  and cultivate generosity.  We hope you’ll join with us for this special occasion.


His Holiness Karmapa’s Birthday and KTC Jacksonville 34 Year Anniversary Virtual Celebrations

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Tuesday June 23rd – Weekly Medicine Buddha Practice 7:00-8:00PMWe will begin reading Medicine Buddha Teachings by Thrangu Rinpcohe before each practice. This will be an excellent walk through for those who haven’t had formal instruction and a great refresher for seasoned practitioners. The practice of Medicine Buddha is very important during this pandemic and you can learn more by watching Khenpo Ugyen’s series of online Medicine Buddha teachings at KTD Monastery Youtube channel
Wednesday June 24th – Buddhism Basics and Meditation Class 7:00—8:30PM To kick off our reboot of Buddhism Basic’s and Meditation class we have invited Lama Losang, our spiritual director and resident Lama for Gainesville KTC, to give a public talk on the fundamentals of Buddhism and our connection to His Holiness Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu lineage. We will have Lama Losang back once a month to teach during Buddhism Basics. We will also begin to incorporate Silent Sitting Meditation during Buddhism Basic’s class and will offer Meditation Instruction in the coming weeks. First class starts June 24th.
Friday June 26th – HH Karmapa’s Birthday and Anniversary Chenrezik Practice 7:00-8:30pmTo celebrate His Holiness Karmapa’s Birthday and our 34th Anniversary we will host a special 7:00PM Chenerzik and Amitabha practice. Join us for an evening of practice on this auspicious occasion.
There will also be a live webcast from our parent monastery during the day from 10:00am-12:00pm https://www.youtube.com/user/ktdwoodstock
Saturday June 27th – Book Study Kick off 10:00amWe begin our latest Saturday morning book study reading His Holiness Karmapa’s Freedom Through Meditation. A fresh look at the issues of our time, HH Karmapa “blends a fresh perspective on how to meditate with heartfelt encouragement to take the path of compassion and engage in actions that benefit others.” We have several copies available at the bookstore for purchase or you can download the free e-book from https://dharmaebooks.org/freedom-through-meditation/ After book study we have our regular Chenrezik practice from 10:30a-Noon.
If you can’t join in on the celebration or would like help during this auspicious week you can make a donation to the New Home for KTC Jacksonville Fund. We are so close to our goal and the merit of giving Dharma to others is considered to be the highest form of giving https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville
All Virtual Dharma Practices take place using the below Zoom link or you can also dial in phone with the instructions below:
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New KTC Jax Online Shop

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KTC Jax has a new way for you to visit our bookstore online and support Dharma in Northeast Florida. Visit our Etsy store for a wide array of incense, malas and pendants. Check back often as new items will be added on a regular basis. Also if you don’t see something in our shop from our bookstore please let us know and we can ship it to you or arrange for pickup.

 


Online Dharma Practice Links

We have updated the below list with more options for online dharma practice.

 

We encourage you to subscribe to the KTD Monastery e-mail newsletter. There is also a calendar of online events listed here  https://kagyu.org/calendar-2/ that are broadcast from the facebook and youtube pages.

Lama Karma Drodhul President of KTD, has a facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/729146760474487/ where he has given weekly teachings, such as this talk on Cornavirus  https://www.facebook.com/lama.karma.90/videos/3047066695313818/

Gainesville KTC and Lama Losang will be hosting online Sunday Practice using the Zoom App or website:
Gainesville KTC will continue to have Sunday practice virtually, using the Zoom platform. You can either download the software to a computer, download the app to your smartphone, or use your web browser to access the meeting.The link is https://zoom.us/j/6671190575If you are using the app or software, the meeting ID is 667-119-0575 and the password is Karmapa.The schedule will be slightly amended as follows:9:00 AM silent meditation is cancelled. You are encouraged to continue this practice on your own, but there will be no live stream during this time. Lama Losang has graciously recorded a brief instruction for those who are newer to our practice (and it’s always good to have a refresher too!). It can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/shamata-intro10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: beginner Buddhism class – unchanged11:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Dharma study aka book reading. We are currently reading The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer: A Guide to Practice by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. If you do not already own this book, please purchase one now, so you can follow along. You can order a paperback copy here: https://tinyurl.com/MLP-paperback or if you are short on time, you can get the Kindle version here: https://tinyurl.com/MLP-ebook12:00 PM – 12:50 PM: Chenrezik Sadhana Practice. We will have the text on-screen, but if you are interested, Namse Bangdzo sells this in both booklet and pecha form.

Lama Kathy has been hosting an online Dharma Talks on Sunday’s at 2:00PM and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kmw108/ or on her youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-IP3s2tHLZDb35uDiFMgUA. Most recently she taught on how to do an in home retreat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Ff_0wKLTA. You can also find out about Columbus KTC’s virtual online dharma practices at https://www.columbusktc.org/events/

As this situation is ever changing we will do our best to keep you aware of new opportunities. We will also let you know when KTC Jacksonville is online for practice. Thank you for your continued support.

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