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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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
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New KTC Jax Online Shop


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.


Buddha Shakyamuni said in the Sutra on Offering Lamps:
These are the results of offering lamps:
You will not lose consciousness at death.
You will illuminate all directions.
You will see fine things never before seen.
You will definitely be reborn in a higher state
And take your seat among the enlightened beings.
Many such benefits are described in sutras and tantras. Through the centuries, light has been a powerful symbol and substance. Light creates warmth and connection; light inspires hope, love, and life.
We would like to invite and welcome everyone to join us in KTC Jacksonville’s annual First Light Offering for World Peace ceremony, to be held Monday, January 1st 2018 at 10:30 am.
First Light is a special day initiated by our parent monastery KTD in the new year 2000.  First Light has been held on January 1st by KTD, and KTCs all around the world, every year since. This year, we will once again gather to hold First Light, a ceremony through which we make aspirations, dedications, offerings, and prayers for world peace and the happiness of all beings in this upcoming New Year. We will hold an Amitabha Practice, followed by a light 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. 
We will also have tickets available for the Winter Raffle Fundraiser to raise funds for the KTC during the upcoming year. The winner will be picked during the luncheon.
You do not have to be Buddhist to attend.
We welcome all interested in learning more about Buddhism.

Karmapa America 2015

UPDATE 24 April 2015

This week the Karmapa is at home, at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra…


“Protect the earth. Live simply. Act with compassion. Our future depends on it.”

— His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

He celebrated Earth Day with the town of Woodstock, NY.


UPDATE 12 March 2015

Karmapa Yosemite 1

This past week His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited Stanford, Redlands, Google, Facebook and Yosemite.


On April 1, he will speak at Princeton: “A Buddhist Perspective: Gender, the Environment and Activism”, and will visit KTC New Jersey to Teach on: “Clarifying the Stages of the Meditative Path”.

Please see the Tour website for more information and the schedule of his appearances, and you may also visit his Foundation’s website to learn more about his activities.

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