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Lama Tsultrim Yeshe Visit February 2nd-6th

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is happy to welcome back Lama Tsultrim Yeshe the first weekend in February. Lama Yeshe’s kind mid-west demeanor and gracious presentation of dharma teachings are sure to bring benefit to our daily lives and practice. 

PUBLIC TALK:

Using Life’s Manure For Spiritual Growth

February 2nd, Friday Night 7:00-8:30pm

We can face many difficult situations as we go through life. No matter how hard we try to avoid problems and pain they still are present in our lives. Rather than trying to get away from or being controlled by painful past experiences, this program will show you how to use difficult, even traumatic, experiences to grow and develop. The program covers trauma, anger, self-loathing, and depression. Just as a flower transforms manure into a blossom, you can learn, through love and nurturing, to grow, be happier and be more content. The techniques are forgiveness, love, compassion, mindfulness, and understanding. Participants will learn methods they can apply to their daily lives when they return home.

TEACHING: Emotional Healing Weekend Workshop

February 3rd-4th, Saturday and Sunday

10:00am-Noon and 2:00p-4:00pm

Sometimes it seems like difficulties and painful emotions follow us around like our shadow, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While difficulties in life are unavoidable, suffering is optional. This program will explore why some emotions leave us wounded and how to encourage emotions that heal and lead to happiness. We will also explore themes of past trauma, negative childhood experiences, grief, self-compassion, and resiliency.

Refuge Ceremony February 3rd, Saturday 7:00-8:00pm

Lama Yeshe will bestow the Vow of Refuge to those wishing to start the Buddhist path. Those who would like to receive Refuge for the first time are asked to arrive at 6:30pm for brief instruction. PLEASE NOTE: Refuge will only be for in person attendance.
 

Location: KTC JAX 4168 Herschel Street

SUGGESTED DONATIONS:

Public Talk

$10 suggested donation

Weekend Teaching

$25 per session ($20 members) for single session

$100 non-members/$80 members for entire weekend

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!

Participants can register in person at KTC Jacksonville or with the following links:

In Person

Buddhism Basic’s- The Wheel of Life February 6th, Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm

Lama Yeshe will join us for a teaching on The Wheel of Life and Q&A on our regularly scheduled Buddhism Basics class. Practice in person or on zoom. Zoom link to attend: https://zoom.us/j/287048452?pwd=WFc5WEJrNUlzSjlvNzFuZjkxNG1uZz09

 
Please consider assisting as a Meal or Teaching Sponsor and help us continue to bring great teachers to North Florida.

Gainesville KTC Losar Teaching with Lama Tsültrim Yeshe:

Bringing the Buddha’s Teachings into Daily Life

February 9 – Public dharma talk 7:00-8:30pm

February 10-11 – Weekend teachings 10am-4:00pm

Being a dharma practitioner is not contrary to being successful in your mundane life. The teachings show us how to navigate the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death with skill and wisdom. As we progress on the path through listening, contemplating, and applying the teachings, we find growing satisfaction, happiness, and harmony in our lives. The path leads to seeing our mundane life and our spiritual life as inseparable.

For more information visit https://www.ktcgainesville.org/courses/Buddha-Daily-Life

About Lama Tsultrim Yeshe:

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Lama Tsultrim Yeshe (John Samuelson) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1989. He completed the first three-year retreat at Karme Ling Under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche earning the title “Retreat Lama.” He took novice monk vows in 1994 from Tai Situ Rinpoche and fully ordained monastic vows in 2008 from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

Lama Yeshe is the resident Lama at the Hay River Karma Thegsum Choling located in Western Wisconsin. He travels throughout the country to other Buddhist centers to teach and lead retreats, as well as holistic learning centers like the Omega Institute.

He worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 8 years as a prison Chaplain. He continues to do volunteer work in the prison teaching meditation, Buddhism and giving guidance. He has gained valuable experience working with inmates in a medium security prison. Many of them having difficult and abusive childhoods, anger management problems, and high levels of anxiety and stress.

Lama Yeshe has a BS degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and did graduate work in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He taught Sociology 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

First Light Prayers for World Peace New Year’s Day

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville invites you to join us for our annual First Light Prayers for World Peace in our new home on New Years Day, Monday, January 1st 2024 at 10:30am.

We continue a 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.

Together we celebrate 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.

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 am in 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.

If you would like to attend on zoom use the following link:

Zoom link to attend:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838910616?pwd=YkN4OGlxQURHNklpYUtXcmg5NWlTdz09

Giving Tuesday

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Dear Friends,
We are so happy to be open to the public at our 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 are accessible to anyone around the world interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. For the past 37 years, our mission has included offering free meditation classes to anyone who visits our Dharma Center. Throughout this year, we facilitated several retreats and programs to help us deepen our Dharma practice. In addition to our regular weekly schedule, this year we hosted Lama Karma Drodhul in March, Vajra Master Loppon Tobden and Khenpo Sangye in August, and Lama Losang in October. In 2024, we will continue to bring authentic Buddhist teachers to Jacksonville to lead a variety of programs.
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.
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As this year ends, we have a lot to be grateful for. Karma Thegsum Choling is fulfilling its mission to be a resource for the North Florida community and because of fundraising and volunteers, we have a beautiful Center open to the public. Having a permanent Dharma Center comes with ongoing operating costs that includes a mortgage that we acquired to purchase the building. As has always been the case in our 37-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. There are several ways you can support KTC Jacksonville’s mission this Giving Tuesday:
One Time Donations through Paypal:
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Sign Up For Monthly Membership at KTC or Paypal:
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Purchase Incense, Prayer Flags, and Other Dharma Items on our Online Etsy Store:
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Your financial contributions to Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville are tax deductible to the extent of the law; we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. With humility and deep gratitude, we invite you to support and sustain our refuge for the study and practice of Buddhist wisdom through the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sangcho Teaching with Lama Karma Drodhul and Lama Losang October 21st

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville warmly invites you on Saturday, October 21st to a teaching on the Riwo Sangcho practice taught by Lama Karma Drodhul and Lama Losang. Lama Karma will teach on the text of this practice over Zoom and then after lunch, Lama Losang will lead us in the Sangcho practice at KTC Jacksonville. From beginners to experienced meditators, everyone is welcome to attend. We hope that after learning the Sangcho practice from our Lamas, we can regularly engage in the practice as a community at KTC Jacksonville.

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About Riwo Sangcho: The smoke offering, called the “sang offering” is a Tibetan Buddhist practice consisting of offering prayers and fragrant incense smoke outside. It is a practice that Tibetan Buddhists have engaged in for over a thousand years.

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Riwo Sangcho is a powerful way of removing obstacles before any special activity and performed daily at Tibetan monasteries. This offering enriches one’s environment, pacifies negativities, and increases our awareness of the suffering of all beings, which helps us cultivate a compassionate heart.

Schedule:

10am-12pm: Instruction on the Riwo Sangcho text led by Lama Karma

12pm-1pm: Lunch Break

1pm-2pm: Engaging in the Riwo Sangcho practice led by Lama Losang

$30 suggested donation $25 for members. Please consider a $50 donation to be a teaching sponsor.

In person registration

Zoom registration

ABOUT LAMA KARMA: Lama Karma is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and past president of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, NY. He also is the nephew of KTD’s first Abbot, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and assisted Khenpo Rinpoche at KTD. As a youth, Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study at Thrangu Monastery and Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the United States. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first, and in February 2008 his second, traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He has traveled to centers throughout North and South America to teach for the past 10 years. He was appointed as the president of KTD by H.H Karmapa in September of 2018 and completed his term in September 2021.

Dharma Book Study – Chenrezik: For benefit of all sentient beings

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Join us for Saturday Morning Book Study in person or on zoom at 10:00am. We are currently reading  Chenrezik: For benefit of all sentient beings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Pick up a copy at KTC Jax or use below link for a free copy:

Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings

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

KTC Jax Visit Thrangu Vajra Master Lopön Tobden Public Talk, Teaching, Refuge and Green Tara Empowerment

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is happy to announce that Vajra Master Lopön Tobden will be visiting us for the first time August 29th-31st. It is an honor to have such an accomplished teacher visit our center as part of his tour of the KTCs. We hope you will join us for this special weekday event. He will be assisted by translator Khenpo Sangye Trinley of KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY.

PUBLIC TALK:

August 29th, Tuesday Night 7:00-8:30pm Being Fearless In Our Meditation Practice

The evening topic will cover Meditation, Buddhist Refuge and working through difficult emotions.

$10 suggested donation

TEACHING: August 30th, Wednesday Night 7:00-9:00pm

Green Tara Sadhana – 21 Praises to Tara

The topic will be the 21 Praises to Tara, recited during the Green Tara Sadhana. This practice is done the first Saturday of the month at KTC Jax and helps remove obstacles within our lives and practice.

Prerequisite: It is preferred for the practitioner have Refuge or plan on taking Refuge Thursday if attending this teaching.

$25 suggested donation ($20 for members)

Refuge and Green Tara Empowerment: August 31st, Thursday Night 7:00-8:30pm

Lama Thobden will bestow the Vow of Refuge to those wishing to start the Buddhist path, followed by the empowerment of the Green Tara. This is considered a powerful blessing for the removal of obstacles and clearing of obscurations in our minds and in our lives. Those who would like to receive Refuge for the first time are asked to arrive at 6:30pm for brief instruction.
$25 suggested donation ($20 for members)
PLEASE NOTE: Refuge and Empowerment will only be for in person attendance.
No one will ever be turned away from teachings for inability to make a donation. Volunteer scholarship opportunities are also available.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet and receive teachings from a meditation master who was born and trained in Tibet and blessed by many years of dharma practice.

Participants can register in person at KTC Jacksonville or with the following link:

In Person Registration

Please consider assisting as a Meal Sponsor $50 or Teaching Sponsor $100 and help us continue to bring great teachers to North Florida.

ABOUT Lopön Tobden: Vajra Master (Lopön) Lama Tobden from Qinghai Thrangu monastery was born in 1975 at Punang near Princess Wencheng Temple in the north of Jiegu, Ga District.

He began his dharma studies at the age of eight, and at the age of 16 he received his initial monastic vows at Thrangu Tashi Monastery. After completing the traditional Karma Kagyu three-year retreat, he served as monastery chanting master (Umdze). He received his full monastic ordination from Thrangu Rinpoche, and attended Thrangu Monastic Buddhist College, completing his studies after three years. Afterward he made pilgrimages to many holy places and received many teachings from distinguished Buddhist masters.

In 2007, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche and Lodro Nyima Rinpoche jointly appointed Lama Tobden as the Vajra Master (Lopön) of Thrangu monastery, and he has held this position ever since.

In 2016, Lama Tobden came to KTD with Lodro Nyima Rinpoche to help KTD start the practice of the Thrangu Tsedrup Tabshé Khajor (Longevity Practice: Union of Skillful Means and Insight. In 2017 he returned to assist with the consecration of KTD’s Eight Stupas.

In July of 2019, at the invitation of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Lama Tobden visited KTD to give the reading transmission of Karma Chakme Rinpoche‘s Complete Works for two months. Shortly after the completion of this transmission Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche passed into parinirvana, and Lama Tobden remained to organize and lead the 49 days of prayers and ceremonies that accompanied Khenpo Rinpoche’s cremation.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has praised Lama Tobden in his public talks, calling him a truly qualified vajra master of the lineage. With his rich and profound knowledge, his devotion and tireless effort in the service of Dharma and his many naturally displayed qualities, Lama Tobden has touched Khenpo Rinpoche‘s students’ hearts and inspired their admiration.

If you have further questions please e-mail info@ktcjax.org


Karma Yoga Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday Volunteer hours:
August 20th 7a-10am
August 27th 10am-12pm
August 20th we plan on doing yard work if in-climate weather we will work inside. Please coordinate with Jacque when you arrive.

Rummage Sale & Vegan Lunch Fundraiser for KTC Jacksonville

Date: February 18th, 2023

Rummage Sale: 8 am to 2:30 pm

Vegan Lunch Fundraiser: 11am to 4 pm

Venue: 4168 Herschel Street(KTC Jacksonville)

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville will be having its Annual “Rummage Sale” on Saturday, February 18th 8 am to 2:30 pm. We ask our Members and Friends in the community 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 KTC Jacksonville.

Rummage sale donations include in-decent-condition household wares, furniture, kitchen wares, books, clothing, etc. Please bring donations to KTC before practice on Tuesday and Saturday. Try to bring the items in boxes as we have limited storage space. We will also need a few volunteers to help set up and manage the benefit sale on Saturday. Please contact us if you would be available to volunteer.

Vegan Lunch Fundraiser: Vegan Pho(Vietnamese Noodle Soup) and Japanese Curry with Rice will also be for sale inside KTC. We ask for a donation of $20 for Pho and $10 for curry. The meal will be ready to eat & take out only. Volunteers will pack the meal in to-go containers. Please stop by between 11am until 4 pm. Proceeds will go towards funding KTC’s new sign. We hope you can visit and join in this fundraiser!

 

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!

Medicine Buddha: Introduction, Teaching and Empowerment with Lama Karma Drodhul

Registration Links Below

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is happy to announce that Lama Karma Drodhul will lead us in a weekend teaching March 3rd-5th on the Medicine Buddha Sadhana. Lama Karma is known for his strong devotion to the Buddhadharma, the infinite joy that he has, and playful humor. This will be a special weekend that you don’t want to miss!

Done weekly at KTC Jacksonville,  Medicine Buddha is the practice of physical and spiritual healing which helps us accumulate the causes of healing. This Buddha of Healing has the power to see the true cause of any affliction whether spiritual, physical, or psychological and alleviate it.  During the weekend Medicine Buddha instruction, Lama Karma will give us the teaching as well as Refuge, Reading Transmission and Empowerment.

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ABOUT LAMA KARMA: Lama Karma is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and past president of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, NY. He also is the nephew of KTD’s first Abbot, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and assisted Khenpo Rinpoche at KTD. As a youth, Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study at Thrangu Monastery and Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the United States. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first, and in February 2008 his second, traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He has traveled to centers throughout North and South America to teach for the past 10 years. He was appointed as the president of KTD by H.H Karmapa in September of 2018 and completed his term in September 2021.

PUBLIC TALK:

Friday, March 3rd 7 PM

“Introduction to Medicine Buddha”

$5 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, March 4th

9:00-9:45- Interviews

9:45-10:00-Break

10:00am-11:45am Teaching

12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch

(In Person Only) 3:00pm-5:00pm – Refuge followed by Medicine Buddha Empowerment, followed by reading Transmissions (Empowerments and Refuge can only be offered In Person)

5:00-5:45- Interviews

Sunday, March 5th

9:00am-10:00am-Interviews

10:00am-11:45am – Teaching

12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch

1:00-2:00pm-Interviews

2:00-4:00pm- Teaching (mudras, musical instruments), Sadhana Practice. Closing and final offerings.

Location: KTC JAX 4168 Herschel Street

SUGGESTED DONATIONS:

$25 per session ($20 members) for single session or Empowerment

$100 non-members/$80 members for entire weekend (including Empowerment) In Person attendance Includes Medicine Buddha Sadhana text from the Center

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!

Participants can register in person at KTC Jacksonville or with the following links:

In Person

Zoom Only

If you have further questions please e-mail info@ktcjax.org

First Light Prayers for World Peace New Year’s Day

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville invites you to join us for our annual First Light in our new home on New Years Day, Sunday, January 1st 2023 at 10:30am.

We continue a 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.

Together  we celebrate 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.

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 am in 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.

If you would like to attend on zoom use the following link:

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

For the benefit of all we suggest wearing a mask during attendance for KTC public events.

#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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