#GivingTuesday

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Dear Friends,
We are so happy to once again be open to the public at our newly consecrated Dharma Center at 4168 Herschel Street in Jacksonville, Florida. We are also continuing to live stream our weekly book study and meditation practice programs online that is accessible to anyone around the world interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. We invite you this Giving Tuesday to support Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville. Donations are needed for our Dharma Center to operate. We ask you to help us continue to be a resource to the North Florida community by sharing the teaching of the Buddha for the benefit of all.

As this year ends, we have a lot to be grateful for. Karma Thegsum Choling has navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic and because of fundraising and volunteers, we now have a new Center open to the public. With having a new building are increased operating costs that includes a loan that we acquired to purchase the building. As has always been the case in our 36-year history, your generous support is crucial to the continued flourishing of KTC Jax. With your donation today, no matter how small, we will continue to offer these nourishing teachings to all who are interested.

With humility and deep gratitude, we invite you to support and sustain this refuge for the study and practice of Buddhist wisdom through the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Give by QR Code or the link below:

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville New Center Grand Opening: Public Talk, Consecration Ceremony and Chenrezik Teaching with Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

Friday October 28th:
Grand Opening and Public Talk Meditation: Cultivating Peace of mind and Tranquility with Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin
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Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery with translator Khenpo Sangye Trinley will discuss how meditation can bring happiness and stability to our lives. Meditation is the core practice of Tibetan Buddhism and can bring benefit to all beings seeking calmness and peace in a turbulent world.
 
Enjoy this most beneficial talk and come see our new center for the first time Friday 7:00-8:30pm. 
 
Suggested donation $5-10.
 
For the benefit of all we suggest wearing a mask during attendance for KTC public events.
If you would like to preregister visit: 
If you would like to attend virtually via Zoom register with this link:

Weekend October 29th-30th:

New Center Consecration Ceremony and Chenrezik Teaching with Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville welcomes you as we open the doors to our new center for the first time. We have invited Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery, with translator Khenpo Sangye Trinley to consecrate our new center and shrine at 4168 Herschel Street. Special prayers will be done to gather the blessings of the Karma Kagyu lineage, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas so that the Dharma may flourish in North Florida and bring benefit to all beings for years to come.

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During the weekend Khenpo Ugyen will also teach on the chanting practice of Chenrezik and give the empowerment & reading transmission. Chenrezik practice is chanted every Saturday morning at KTC Jacksonville. This practice and Chenrezik’s mantra (Om Mani Peme Hum) helps us to cultivate loving kindness and compassion for all beings. Having the teaching, empowerment, and reading transmission are important steps to practicing these teachings in their entirety and we are very fortunate Khenpo Ugyen is willing to share these with us this weekend.
Chenrezik (the noble Great Compassionate One, Avalokitesvara) is the embodiment of all the buddhas’ compassion and love. The literal translation of his name means “The One Who Beholds With Loving Eyes”. Chenrezik’s brilliant white body represents the luminosity of primordial wisdom, the spark of enlightenment. The practice of Chenrezik consists of closing the gap between the practitioner and the practice, so there is no difference between the person meditating and the love and compassion they are cultivating. In the end, this distance completely disappears so that the practitioner becomes the very nature of love and compassion.
Suggested donation $80 for the entire weekend or $20 per session. 
Please use the following link to register:
**No one will ever be turned away from teachings for inability to make a donation. Donations help KTC continue to bring Buddhist teachers to visit and cover associated expenses.
For the benefit of all we suggest wearing a mask during attendance for KTC public events.
If you would like to join virtually using zoom only use following link to register:
Weekend Teaching Schedule:
Saturday, October 29th Consecration and Teaching on Practice of Chenrezik
8:30am Registration begins
10:00am – Consecration Ceremony
11:00am – Chenrezik Teaching begins
12:00-2:00pm – Lunch Break
2:00-4:00pm Chenrezik Teaching
6:30pm Doors open please arrive early
7:00pm Refuge Ceremony followed by Chenrezik Empowerment and Reading Transmission
Sunday, October 30th Teaching on Practice of Chenrezik Day 2
10:00am – Chenrezik Teaching
12:00-2:00pm – Lunch Break – Interviews
2:00-4:00pm Chenrezik Teaching
Khenpo Ugyen will also be teaching at Amelia KKSG Wednesday 11/2 and Gainesville KTC 11/5-11/6.
If you would like to assist donations towards meals for Khenpo Ugyen and visiting Monastics can be made at:


KTC Center Hours starting November 1st

As we open our doors for the first time we will continue with the scheduled hours as listed on our website.

Tuesday:
7:00pm Medicine Buddha Sadhana
8:00pm Buddhism Basics
Saturday:
9:00am Meditation
10:00am Book Study
10:30am Chenrezik and Amitabha Sadhanas.
Zoom sessions will continue for our Sangha both near and far.


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
4168 Herschel Street Jacksonville FL 32210
(904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

Upcoming Teaching, Soft Open, Schedule updates


Message from Lama Losang

Namaste to all my friends!

Happy Saga Dawa Duchen! This is celebrated all month from the new moon on May 30 to the new moon June 29. However, with the full moon on Tuesday, June 14, Buddhists around the world will be celebrating the most important day in the Tibetan lunar calendar. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and paranirvana (passing away), of our blessed teacher Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived and taught more than 2500 years ago. Although he is no longer among us in his physical form, his teaching on love and compassion still remain. This time is also called “Bumgyur Dawa, which means “100,000 multiplying month” because our virtuous and unvirtuous actions are said to be multiplied 100,000 times. With that in mind, during this month of June, practice loving kindness and compassion and avoid unskillful action in body, speech and mind.

May all be auspicious for you!

Saga Dawa Teaching and Soft Opening June 25th

Life of the Buddha Teaching by Lama Losang

As we take part in the auspicious time of Saga Dawa Duchen and to celebrate KTC Jacksonville’s 37th anniversary, Lama Losang has offered to give a teaching on the Life of the Buddha at our new center from 10:00am-12:00pm, Saturday June 25th. There will be limited capacity of 20 seats available as we work up to a complete re-opening. We are asking all those who wish to attend to RSVP in advance. The teaching will also be streamed via zoom for those who wish to attend from home.

For those who wish to receive Refuge, the ceremony will be given following lunch. Please e-mail info@ktcax.org RSVP for taking Refuge.

As covid levels have risen in the community in an act of loving kindness we suggest that all who attend wear masks for the benefit of those who are immunocompromised. We hope to announce regular practice in the coming weeks as we work to get our new home completely open for regular practice.

$20 suggested donation, scholarships available by e-mailing info@ktcjax.org

RSVP In Person:

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RSVP Online Zoom:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/358995534307

Schedule Cancellation June 11 and 14th

We will be unable to host practice on Saturday morning June 11 and Tuesday evening 14th. We are encouraging everyone to attend Gainesville KTCs excellent online teaching with Khenpo Tenkyong “Foundation of Dream Yoga and Meditation” June 11-12th.

Gainesville KTC Upcoming Events

Passing of Ani Karma Lhamo

On May 7th our beloved nun Ani Kama Lhamo passed on. A true example of faith and devotion she has brought joy and compassion to us all at KTC Jacksonville. Over the next 49 days we ask that practitioners recite Amitabha mantra or any mantra you connect with, and dedicate the merit for Ani’s swift rebirth in Dewachen. We also dedicate the merit to her family and friends during this time

Losar Teaching and Meditation Instruction

Join Wednesday February 2nd as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year during  our Buddhism Basic’s class. Lama Losang, KTC Jacksonville’s Spiritual Director will give a teaching on Losar and the Year of Tiger and also give traditional Meditation Instructions that are the foundation of Buddhist practice and the basis happiness in our lives. From 7:00-8:30PM this will be a great way to begin the New Year by learning Meditation as well as renewing our practice to establish a calm mind and bring about peace and happiness in our lives.
 
Please use the regular Zoom Link below or located on our website and in our bio to take part in this instruction.


Lama Losang is a fully ordained monk and completed the traditional Kagyu three-year retreat at Karme Ling in 2004. In addition to being a Karma Kagyu lineage teacher, Lama Losang (David Bole) is also an Acupuncture Physician with a Doctorate in Psychology, and teaches, lectures, and conducts workshops around the country. In honor of Lama’s 70th birthday, July 26, 2019, Mayor Lauren Poe and the City of Gainesville proclaimed Dr. David Bole (Lama Losang): Health, Happiness, and Liberation Day.

We are happy to have him joining us for practice.

You can watch Lama Losang’s previous teachings and others at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCke7IwjaGtn_PHmpVGtLxDg
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