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:
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/287048452?pwd=WFc5WEJrNUlzSjlvNzFuZjkxNG1uZz09Meeting ID: 287 048 452Password: karmapaOne tap mobile+13126266799,,287048452#,,#,433437# US (Chicago)+16465588656,,287048452#,,#,433437# US (New York)
Dial by your location (any number should work)        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)        +1 253 215 8782 US        +1 301 715 8592 US        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)Meeting ID: 287 048 452Phone ONLY Password: 433437Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aqaJeliX6


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.

Important Announcement/ Practice Cancellation/Online Practice

Please see calendar for update schedule (8/10/20) Virtual Dharma Practice at KTC JAX Tashi Delek and best wishes to all Sangha members As we continue our practices at home and with virtual sangha across the globe we realize it is nice to be able to practice with Sangha at home. We have enabled virtual dharma practice using the zoom application. For those that don’t have a smart phone there is a call in line that can be used as well. We are running on an adjusted schedule so please check the times and dates below. Please continue to take advantage of the practices offered by parent Monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra at kagyu.org and also at our sister centers listed below in the Online Dharma section. Saturdays: 10:00am Book Study and reading of Mingyur Rinpoche’s In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying 10:30amJoin us for Chenrezik and Amitabha sadhannas. These active forms of meditation, chanting and mantra practice help us cultivate loving, kindness and compassion. We will have the prayers available on screen for those who don’t have a copy. The pdf is available here if you would like to download or print https://ktdblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/chernrezik-ktd-book-new.pdf Tuesday’s: 7:00pm Medicine Buddha Practice All are welcome to join in this wonderful, traditional healing and purification practice. We will have the prayers available on screen for those who don’t have a copy. 8:00pm Silent Sitting and Sound Meditation Practice Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/287048452?pwd=WFc5WEJrNUlzSjlvNzFuZjkxNG1uZz09 Meeting ID: 287 048 452 Password: karmapa One tap mobile+13126266799,,287048452#,,#,433437# US (Chicago)+16465588656,,287048452#,,#,433437# US (New York) Dial by your location (any number should work) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 287 048 452 Phone ONLY Password: 433437 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aqaJeliX6 We have updated the below list with more options for online dharma practice. Online Dharma Practice Links 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 667-119-0575The 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. About KTC JaxKarma 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.Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

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

October News – Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Webcast 1//9-11/11

Living interdependence is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Perhaps the most valuable opportunity it offers is the opportunity to love. We need to expand our access to the love we have within us. This requires that we put ourselves in situations that ask us and allow us to love.
-H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche KTC Live Webcast November 9 – 11
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“Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen”
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Translator:Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
At the end of July at KTD, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Tulku Damcho Rinpoche, Thrangu Monastery and KTD lamas performed consecration rituals for the newly arrived statues of Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen and retinue. Since many of us don’t know much about Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen,
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be bestowing a teaching on this peaceful protector. Please join us for another extraordinary teaching weekend with our beloved Rinpoche.
Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen is the peaceful form of a dharma protector. Khenpo Rinpoche will present Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen’s story and outline the benefits of her practice.
Live Webcast Teaching Schedule:
Friday – 11/9
Evening: 7:00–8:30 p.m. EST
Saturday – 11/10
Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EST
Afternoon: 3:30–5:00 p.m. EST
Sunday – 11/11
Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EST
Afternoon: 2:30–4:00 p.m. EST


Lhabab Duchen Charity Drive
Lhaba DuchenIn the spirit of giving to the community we have revamped our charity drive to coincide with the four great Buddhist holidays. Lhabab Duchen is the celebration of Buddha Shakamuni’s descent from the god realm back to earth. During this auspicious time we will collect donations to benefit Northeast Florida Wildlife Coalition who help providing orphaned, injured and displaced animals with a second chance at life. We are collecting wet dog food, cat food and human baby food until November 17th.

Rummage Sale

rummagesaleforcharityIts 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, November 17th from 7:30 am to 2 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, electronics, etc. Please bring donations to the KTC before practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Try to bring the items in boxes as we have limited storage space. Also we will 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.

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 for the Rummage Sale:
Friday Night Setup: 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday Morning Setup: 6:30am
Saturday Afternoon breakdown: 2:00pm
If interested in volunteering please e-mail assistantdirector@ktcjax.org


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:

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
  • Black tea bags (for the shrine)
  • Paper towels
  • Tea’s for the lobby
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

malasHave 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 and Dharma 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 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

Lama Karma Drodhul visit “Path of Compassion: Bringing Our Love to Life” 9/21-9/23

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is honored to announce that Lama Karma Drodhul will lead us in a weekend teaching September 21-23 titled “Path of Compassion: Bringing Our Love to Life.” Lama Karma is known for his strong devotion to the Buddhadharma, the infinite joy that he has, and his playful humor. This will be a special weekend that you don’t want to miss!

During the weekend seminar, Lama Karma will teach us further methods of meditation on compassion including altruism practice (“Sending and Receiving”) and the mantra practice of Chenrezig, Bodhisattva of Compassion. Through teaching, empowerment and blessings, Lama Karma will introduce us to our inner compassionate nature and help us actualize it in our everyday lives.

ABOUT LAMA KARMA: Lama Karma from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principle attendant and assistant. As a youth, Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of Dharma study 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 is now one of the Drubpons(retreat masters) at Karme Ling and travels to centers throughout North America to teach. He is the author of “Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.”

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 21st 7 PM
Public Talk: “The Compassion of Daily Life”.

Our busy world doesn’t always give us time to slow down and really spend time with one another; loneliness and alienation can occur even when we are “connected” through our seemingly ever-present electronic tools and social media sites.

How can we reach across the gap and meet one another with kindness? By awakening our natural capacity for love and compassion. This talk introduces us to Buddhist teachings on compassion.

Location: Tehila’s 1250 S Mc Duff Ave
$5 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

Saturday, September 22nd
10am-12pm: Teaching
12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
2pm-4pm: Teaching
6:30pm: Refuge Ceremony
7pm: Chenrezik Empowerment (Refuge required)
Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, September 23rd
10am-12pm: Teaching
12pm-3pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
3pm-5pm: Teaching & Closing Remarks
Location: KTC JAX

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES:
$25 per session or for only Empowerment
$80 non-members/$72 members for entire weekend(including Empowerment)

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!

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