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

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 Art of Living: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind A Weekend teaching with Lama Losang

Lama Losang returns to KTC Jacksonville to teach us how our physical health directly connects to our mental state and wellness. You will learn Eastern practices such as Qigong and accupressure alongside mindfulness meditations and other techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life and help you on the path to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Lama Losang returns to KTC Jacksonville to teach us how our physical health directly connects to our mental state and wellness. You will learn Eastern practices such as Qigong and accupressure alongside mindfulness meditations and other techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life and help you on the path to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

The last Art of Living teaching by Lama Losang was praised by all of who attended and we hope you can take part special offering.

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.

Friday 
7:00 pm : Public Talk: “Mind and Body Connection: How the practices of Meditation and Eastern Healing can benefit our busy lives”
$5 suggested donation

Location: KTC JAX

Saturday, July 20th
10:00am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
2pm-4pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, July 21st
10am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
12pm-3pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
3pm-5pm: Teaching & Closing Remarks
Location: KTC JAX

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES:
$25 per session
$80 for entire weekend
Members receive a 10% discount on teachings
No one will ever be turned away from teachings for ability to make a donation. Volunteer scholarship opportunities are also available

June 2019 News and Events


“Compassion is not something to keep locked inside yourself. It is something to express in action. This compassion must persist beyond the thought, “If only their suffering would come to an end.” If we focus too long on wishing for something that we never pursue and that never happens, we run the risk of falling into a depression ourselves. When compassion arises, it is the time to act.” ― -H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje , Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society

His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Birthday & KTC Jacksonville’s 33rd Anniversary

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As part of our celebration of His Holiness Karmapa’s 34th birthday and our 33rd year of practicing Dharma together in Northeast Florida, Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville would like you invite you to come take part in this weeks festivities. Founded by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche we would like to give thanks for the continued support of our teachers, members, practitioner’s and community as we continue our mission to give the gift of Dharma in Jacksonville. Saturday June 22nd 9:30am Meditation 10:00am New book study starts with Mignyur Rinpoche’s  “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying ” 10:30am Chenrezik\Amitabha Practice with extended Karmapa Chenno Mantra. After practice we will have Tea and sweet treats for all to enjoy. Wednesday June 26th  Lama Losang Webcast on Lineage 7:00-8:00pm Want to learn more about Buddhism and our connection to the Karma Kagyu tradition and His Holiness Karmapa? This will be a great introductory talk as well as a great time to ask questions about Buddhist practice. 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.

Save the date:

7/10 – Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind 7/20-22 – Lama Losang Weekend Teaching and Public Talk

KTC Jacksonville Needs Your Help!

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Our fundraising campaign for our Dharma center to have its own home is well under way. On the sacred days of Chotrul Duchen, the Buddha’s Days of Miracles, we received auspicious news that the founder of our Center, Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, heard about our fundraising campaign! Rinpoche was very happy to hear about our efforts and he offered a $1000 donation. We are beyond grateful to have Rinpoche’s blessings and the support of everyone that has donated thus far! We are all interconnected. Your support is a powerful way of benefiting sentient beings because you are supporting the development of compassion and wisdom. In the world we live in today, we need places like KTC Jacksonville. It truly takes everyone’s efforts to create this authentic place of study and practice. Please consider being a part of this mission today by making a donation. Any amount brings us closer to having a permanent Center! You can give today at the link below: https://www.gofundme.com/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville Karma Thegsum Choling is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida. Your donations are tax deductible.

Items needed at the center

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Our resident Monastic and Operations Officer Gyamtso has asked for contributions for the following items:
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Tissue boxes for puja tables
  • Flowers and food offerings
You can also make a donation in lieu of these items and specify that you would like it to go towards the needed shrine keeping items.

Dharma Bookstore

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Have you seen our Dharma Bookstore? We have over 50 titles of new and used Dharma books including Mignyur Rinpoche’s  “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying”. We also carry practice texts, malas, prayer flags, incense, shrine bowls and all the support items you would need for your home shrine. Because of a large donation of incense to help us fund raise for a permanent location for KTC Jax, all sales from incense go towards our Permanent Center Fund. Buy your incense at KTC Jax and let’s find a permanent space where the Dharma can be taught, contemplated, and practiced.  If there is something you don’t see please ask us and we can order it for you. All purchases go towards supporting the Dharma center.

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 ofTibetan 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 Jacksonville1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

April 2019 News and Events


“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. This makes love an immensely powerful basis for social action of any sort.”
― -H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje , The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out


Loving Kindness and Compassion: Webcast with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche April 12-14

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Loving-kindness and compassion play such an important role in the Buddhist approach to spirituality that we can say that a genuine practice of the dharma is actually based on the development of these qualities. The teachings always emphasize that, unless we practice and integrate these qualities into our everyday lives, it will be utterly impossible to attain enlightenment and liberation. Please join us in receiving this precious teaching from our beloved teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso will be translating.
Born in eastern Tibet in 1924, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is one of the great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage and Tibetan Buddhism. Khenpo Rinpoche, who received most of his training and education in Tibet before the Chinese invasion, is highly accomplished in meditation, philosophy, and all monastic arts. As abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD) in Woodstock, New York; spiritual guide of thirty-five Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) affiliate centers; and retreat master at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York; Rinpoche has touched the hearts and minds of many thousands of students.
Live Webcast Teaching Schedule:
Friday – 4/12 Evening: 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
Saturday – 4/13
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDTNoon-1:30p Vegetarian Pot Luck Luncheon(we have moved our Pot Luck Luncheon up one week)Afternoon: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT Sunday – 4/14
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDTAfternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT
We will submit questions to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche via e-mail after the morning sessions.
There is no cost to attend this webcast but monetary offerings are greatly appreciated as they allow us to meet the costs of keeping our center open and to continue bringing the authentic dharma to the Jacksonville area.



Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind April 17th 7:00-8:30pm

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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 at the center Wednesday, August 17th at 7pm for Meditation Instruction by KTC Director, Michael Turnquist. Meditation is the 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 and free to all.


Rummage Sale Fundraiser May 11th 7:30-3:00PM

Its that time of year again! Declutter your closets, garage, and cabinets for a great cause! Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville will be having its annual benefit “rummage sale” on Saturday, May 11th from 7:30 am to 3 pm. So if you’re doing any “Spring Cleaning” we are asking Dharma students or friends that you have to make room in their homes and closets by donating items they no longer use or need and can part with. Donated items will be sold to benefit the Dharma center and whatever is not sold will be given to another charity. There is much merit in this!

Yard sale donations include in-decent-condition household wares, furniture, kitchen wares, books, clothing, etc. Last minute donations to the KTC can be brought Friday 6:30-8:30pm. Try to bring the items in boxes as we have limited storage space. Please contact us if you would be available to volunteer.

Any donations and volunteer “work” will help Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville continue its mission to offer others in North Florida the opportunity to learn meditation and study the Buddha’s teachings for the benefit of all sentient beings. Thank you for your generosity!
Volunteers Needed:We could use the help with setting up and closing down here are available times to help:Friday 6:30-8:30 pm – sorting, pricing, stagingSaturday 6:30-7:30 am – setup, put up signsSaturday 3:00-3:30 pm – break down and clean up


KTC Jacksonville Needs Your Help!

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Our fundraising campaign for our Dharma center to have its own home is well under way. On the sacred days of Chotrul Duchen, the Buddha’s Days of Miracles, we received auspicious news that the founder of our Center, Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, heard about our fundraising campaign! Rinpoche was very happy to hear about our efforts and he offered a $1000 donation. We are beyond grateful to have Rinpoche’s blessings and the support of everyone that has donated thus far!
We are all interconnected. Your support is a powerful way of benefiting sentient beings because you are supporting the development of compassion and wisdom. In the world we live in today, we need places like KTC Jacksonville. It truly takes everyone’s efforts to create this authentic place of study and practice. Please consider being a part of this mission today by making a donation. Any amount brings us closer to having a permanent Center! You can give today at the link below:
https://www.gofundme.com/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville
Karma Thegsum Choling is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida. Your donations are tax deductible.


Items needed at the center

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Our resident Monastic and Operations Officer Gyamtso has asked for contributions for the following items:

  • Saffron
  • Tea lights
  • Wood Surface Cleaner (Pledge)

You can also make a donation in lieu of these items and specify that you would like it to go towards the needed shrine keeping items.


Dharma Bookstore

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Have you seen our Dharma Bookstore? We have over 50 titles of new and used Dharma books including Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s Excellent at the Beginning andDharma King: The Life of the 16th Karmapa in ImagesWe also carry practice texts, malas, prayer flags, incense, shrine bowls and all the support items you would need for your home shrine.Because of a large donation of incense to help us fund raise for a permanent location for KTC Jax, all sales from incense go towards our Permanent Center Fund. Buy your incense at KTC Jax and let’s find a permanent space where the Dharma can be taught, contemplated, and practiced. If there is something you don’t see please ask us and we can order it for you. All purchases go towards supporting the Dharma center.


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 ofTibetan 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 Jacksonville1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong Weekend Visit and Shamatha Retreat

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is honored to announce that Khenpo Tenkyong will lead us in a Shamatha Meditation Retreat March 8th-10th. Shamatha meditation or “Calm-Abiding” meditation is the foundational practice of all Buddhist traditions. Khenpo Tenkyong combines traditional teachings with non-traditional methods in a fresh and delightful way. Whether you are a new student to meditation or a senior meditator, this will be the retreat for you to deepen your understanding and practice of meditation!

ABOUT KHENPO TENKYONG: Khenpo Tenkyong is a dynamic teacher committed to protecting nature and spreading Dharma blessings to children and adults everywhere. As a bridge between ancient ways and modern needs, Khenpo Tenkyong meets students where they are in order to build strong foundations for strong practice. In 2001 Khenpo Tenkyong was awarded the Degree of Master of the Buddha’s Teaching in the Sutra Tradition from Sampuranand University. In October 2002, Khenpo was bestowed the title of “khenpo”(Spiritual title and degree in Tibetan Buddhism) by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Skilled in meditation, yoga, and understanding precious nature Khenpo Tenkyong’s passion for life can be felt in all of his teachings.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Friday, March 8th 7 PM Public Talk: Himalayan Yoga

The cultivation of a peaceful mind centers around meditation, which relies on the foundation of a flexible body. Simple Himalayan yoga movements, meditation techniques, and breathing techniques help open your body and prepare you for meditation, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, improve breathing, increase flexibility, and open energy centers.

Location: Tehila’s 1250 S Mc Duff Ave $10 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-talk-himalayan-yoga-tickets-57336845047

Saturday, March 9th 10am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice 12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews 2pm-4pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice 6:30pm: Refuge Ceremony Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, March 10th 10am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice 12pm-3pm: Lunch Break & Interviews 3pm-5pm: Teaching & Closing Remarks Location: KTC JAX

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES: $25 per Day $80 for entire weekend

To register for the weekend teaching please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamatha-meditation-retreat-with-khenpo-karma-tenkyong-tickets-57337150962

Preregistration is encouraged so we can plan for the number of attendees. Thanks for your help!

PLEASE NOTE: KTC Jax brings authentic Buddhist teachers to the Jacksonville area year-round for programs and retreats. Suggested donations are requested to offset the costs associated with holding these special events. We always greatly appreciate your generosity but no one has ever been turned away because they couldn’t make a donation. We want as many people as possible to attend. Volunteer Scholarships are also available for those interested. Please let us know!

First Light Ceremony and Lamp Offering for World Peace

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FIRST LIGHT CEREMONY AND LAMP OFFERING FOR WORLD PEACE NEW YEARS DAY JANUARY 1ST 10:30AM On January 1, 2019 Karma Thegsum Choling will continue the First Light tradition that began in 2000 with the aspiration of bringing peace into our daily lives and to the world. Part of His Holiness Karmapas’ activity is to point the way to living a life of love and compassion, to teach us to protect our environment and to provide the light of wisdom. Lamp offerings have special meaning in this regard: shining the light on our inner wisdom and reminding us of the clear path to living each day to create a life of peace. We invite you to light your lamps of peace — to join in our offering and prayers to help the light of wisdom reach all corners of the world. Join us for the 20th year of celebrating First Light with KTD Monastery, other KTC Centers, and Buddhist communities around the world. Let us together make aspirations, dedications, offerings, and prayers for World Peace and happiness to reach all corners of the world. We will chant the traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayers of the Amitabha sadhana, followed by a lamp offering ceremony dedicated to those we may wish to remember who have passed away, those who are ill, and all beings who may suffer. Each participant will have the opportunity to light a candle for his or her own loved ones, make aspirations, or offer prayers.
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First Light is also an auspicious occasion to renew our commitment to practice for the benefit of all sentient beings & to make offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as represented by our shrine. Making offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is considered highly meritorious and an effective way of removing obstacles. Participants are encouraged to bring individual offerings: particularly flowers, fruit, sweets, baked treats, or monetary offerings. This too is considered especially meritorious. We ask that those bringing offerings please try to arrive around 9:30 amin order for offerings to be placed and the shrine properly prepared by volunteer shrinekeepers. Following the ceremony we will hold a vegetarian potluck luncheon to which all are welcome. Please feel free to bring a vegetarian dish of your choice. You do not have to be Buddhist to attend. We welcome all interested in learning more about Buddhism.

Holiday Schedule Changes and Upcoming Events

1/8 – Lama Losang Skype QA

1/14-15 – Lama Kathy Evening Visit and Teaching on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

3/8-10 – Khenpo Tenkyong Visit and Teaching

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