Giving Tuesday 11/30

Today is Giving Tuesday a global day of giving that helps raise awareness about charitable causes. Today Facebook matches the first $8 million dollars donated by users on its platform starting at 8am Eastern time that day. You can help KTC Jacksonville continue as we prepare to open our new center and continue supporting the dharma in North East Florida by using the follow link to donate or visit ktcjax.org
 
 
As always we truly appreciate every donation made and rejoice in the merit no matter what charitable cause you chose to support today!

Schedule Change Saturday 11/27 and Giving Tuesday

Schedule Change Saturday 11/27

All this Saturday’s practice and book study will be cancelled to accommodate sangha members who wish to attend Khenpo Tenkyong’s two-day teaching on Dusum Khyenpa’s Six Points for Swiftly Attaining Awakening. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) will host this Saturday and Sunday, November 27-28, from 9am – 11am Eastern. It is donation based and we hope you can take part in this excellent teaching.

https://kagyu.org/event/live-webcast-dusum-khyenpas-six-points-for-swiftly-attaining-awakening-by-khenpo-tenkyong-day-one/

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that helps raise awareness about charitable causes. This year Giving Tuesday falls on November 30, 2021. Facebook matches the first $8 million dollars donated by users on its platform starting at 8am Eastern time that day. (Donations made before November 30th or before 8am don’t qualify for the matching dollars.) You can help KTC Jacksonville continue as we prepare to open our new center and continue supporting the dharma in North East Florida.

Also if you need holiday gift items for that favorite Dharma practitioner consider visiting our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarmaThegsumCholing or if you happen to use amazon to do your holiday shopping visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3529768 and a portion of each purchase will go to KTC Jacksonville.
As always we truly appreciate every donation made and rejoice in the merit no matter what charitable cause you chose to support.

Saturday 10/30 Cultivating Bodhicitta: A Dharma Teaching with Lama Karma Drodhul

Lama Karma
Please join us October 30th at 10:30am for a Dharma teaching by Lama Karma Drodhul hosted on Zoom. This teaching is titled “Cultivating Bodhicitta.” In Buddhism, cultivating bodhicitta makes our lives meaningful and it is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.
To support KTC Jacksonville’s New Home Fund, this teaching is donation based. No one will ever be turned away due to funds. If you would like a scholarship please e-mail info@ktcjax.org
Schedule:
First Session- 10:30am-12pm
Break- 12pm-2pm
Second Session- 2pm-3:30pm
About Lama Karma Drodhul: Lama Karma Drodhul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s nephew and principal attendant and assistant. As a youth, Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study at Thrangu Monastery and Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the U. S. 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 until the end of his term September 2021. He now continues to teach and help at KTD and the KTC centers.

The Short Medicine Buddha Practice and it’s Benefits with Lama Losang

Join us Saturday September 25th at 10:00am for the opportunity to incorporate the healing benefits of the Medicine Buddha practice into your life. Lama Losang the Spiritual Director of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville will teach on this sacred chanting practice and the mantra that cultivates peace and brings benefit to ourselves and those around us. With our daily lives being so busy having the instruction for the Short Practice of Medicine Buddha makes it very accessible for those wanting to do the Medicine Buddha practice and not being able to find the time.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-short-medicine-buddha-practice-and-its-benefits-with-lama-losang-tickets-173104218377

To support KTC Jacksonville’s New Home Fund, this teaching is donation based. No one will ever be turned away due to funds. If you would like a scholarship please e-mail info@ktcjax.org

Lama Losang (David Bole) is a fully ordained monk (Gelong) in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed a three-year retreat under the guidance of renowned Kagyu master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He continued his studies at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Oxford, England, where he completed two post graduate degrees. He has studied healing arts, meditation, martial arts, Tai Chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chi Gong in the U.S., England, China, Tibet, India and Japan. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Florida and serves as the resident teacher for the Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Golden Eight-Petaled Lotus of Meditation & Healing Part 5: Geomancy

In support of Lama Losang and KTC Columbus we will not be having Saturday scheduled book study and practice for July 10th. If you have been unable to attend previous sessions of the teachings they are included in the invite.

This workshop will be Part 5 of Lama Losang’s overview of the Golden Eight-Petalled Lotus system of Asian Medicine. The Eight Petals represent the areas of one’s life that are studied and the methods that are practiced for cultivating health and preventing disease. The Eight Petals are presented in an ideal hierarchy showing exactly what is to be practiced for optimal health in mind and body, and how to carry them out in everyday life.

In this installment, Lama Losang will present the Sixth Petal: The benefits of geomancy, (also known as fengshui), and how arranging one’s life in harmony with their surroundings can bring peace and stability to one’s experience of the world.

Part 1 of the Workshop was given in September 2020; the video can be viewed here.

Part 2 of the Workshop was given in December 2020; the video can be viewed here.

Part 3 of the Workshop was given in February 2021; the video can be viewed here.

Part 4 of the Workshop was given May 1, 2021; the video can be viewed here.

The Chart for the Five Phase Energetics discussed in Part 1 is here.

Registration is donation-based.


Biography of Lama Losang

Lama Losang is a fully ordained monk (Gelong) in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed a three-year retreat under the guidance of renowned Kagyu master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He continued his studies at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Oxford, England, where he completed two post graduate degrees. He has studied healing arts, meditation, martial arts, Tai Chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chi Gong in the U.S., England, China, Tibet, India and Japan. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Florida and serves as the resident teacher for the Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling Center in Gainesville, Florida.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE financial means, or have difficulty registering online, please write director@columbusktc.org and she will register you at no cost. Students must have an internet connection, email capability, and be able to download the Zoom application in order to attend. Zoom software is available here: https://zoom.us
Questions? Please contact director@columbusktc.org.

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville Celebrates 35th Anniversary

It is with great joy and gratitude that we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center!

Founded on June 26th 1986 by the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, KTC Jacksonville continues to serve the community in North East Florida, providing opportunities for both practice and study of the Buddha Dharma. The local center, founded on His Holiness Karmapa’s birthday, gives us the opportunity to celebrate as we express our sincere devotion and gratitude to the activity of our Root Teacher and Head of the Karma Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are excited to begin a new era as we continue to fundraise for a new, permanent home in the North East Florida area and extend thanks and appreciation to all that continue to support the activity of His Holiness Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu Lineage in our area.

With gratitude, we recognize and thank the Khenpos and Lamas of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra that tirelessly support the Jacksonville Center with special appreciation to Lama Karma, Lama Lodro, Khenpo Ugyen, Khenpo Tenkyong, Khenpo Sanggye, Lama Yeshe, and Lama Kathy. We extend deepest gratitude to our Spiritual Director, Lama Losang. We thank our resident Monastics, Ani Lhamo and Karma Gyamtso, and our hard working Board of Directors, Michael and Jennifer Virzera, and Casey Stone.

To the KTC Sangha we share our joy and gratitude as we continue to practice and work together to offer authentic Dharma to the North East Florida Community. Thank you for all you do to support the center and its activities!

To the benefactors, foundations, and countless private individuals that have all supported the efforts of KTC Jax through the years we extend our deepest appreciation!

With love and devotion to all, we pray that everyone experience good health, happiness and the causes of happiness!

Happy birthday Karmapa and happy anniversary KTC Jax! May this profound activity continue to benefit all beings far into the future. With sincerest best wishes to all!

Yours in the Dharma,

 

Michael Turnquist,

Director, KTC Jacksonville

If you would like to help with our new building fund you can make a one time donation by visiting ktcjax.org/donating or become a sustaining member at ktcjax.org/membership

Saturday May 1st The Golden Eight-Petaled Lotus: Meditation & Healing Part 4: Divination with Lama Losang

In support of Lama Losang and KTC Columbus we will not be having Saturday scheduled book study and practice. If you have been unable to attend previous sessions of the teachings they are included in the invite.

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern time
Well-being is experienced in body & mind, but begins with the mind. Learning eight steps (“eight petals”) will guide us to optimum wellness.
About this Event
This workshop will be Part 4 of Lama Losang’s overview of the Golden Eight-Petalled Lotus system of Asian Medicine. The Eight Petals represent the areas of one’s life that are studied and the methods that are practiced for cultivating health and preventing disease. The Eight Petals are presented in an ideal hierarchy showing exactly what is to be practiced for optimal health in mind and body, and how to carry them out in everyday life.
In this installment, Lama Losang will present the Fifth Petal: The I Ching and the Tibetan MO Divination System, and will share some special stories from the Buddhist meditation master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

 

Part 1 of the Workshop was given in September 2020; the video can be viewed here.
Part 2 of the Workshop was given in December 2020; the video can be viewed here.
Part 3 of the Workshop was given in February 2020; the video can be viewed here.
The Chart for the Five Phase Energetics discussed in Part 1 is here:
About Lama Losang
Lama Losang is a fully ordained monk (Gelong) in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed a three-year retreat under the guidance of renowned Kagyu master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. He continued his studies at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Oxford, England, where he completed two post graduate degrees. He has studied healing arts, meditation, martial arts, Tai Chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chi Gong in the U.S., England, China, Tibet, India and Japan. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Florida and serves as the resident teacher for the Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling Center in Gainesville, Florida.
Attendance will be by donation, and proceeds will be put toward Columbus KTC Rebuilding Fund. In order to register using Eventbrite, you will need to make a donation of $1 or more.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE financial means, or have difficulty registering online, please write director@columbusktc.org and she will register you at no cost. Students must have an internet connection, email capability, and be able to download the Zoom application in order to attend. Zoom software is available here: https://zoom.us
Questions? Please contact director@columbusktc.org.

Fulfilling the Vision in 2021: A New Home for KTC Jacksonville

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville was founded in 1986 by the beloved Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Under the leadership of Lama Losang(David Bole), who completed the traditional 3 Year Retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the Center has been the face of Tibetan Buddhism in Jacksonville and the North Florida area. We have offered free meditation instruction weekly to the public during these many years and have been an academic resource for local universities and colleges. Thousands of people have learned about meditation and Buddhism because of KTC. The Center was at the old building location at McDuff Avenue for 17 years. In October 2020, the owner of the building we rented for almost two decades decided to sell the old building and we made the difficult decision during the COVID-19 pandemic to hold weekly pujas and meditation virtually until we purchase our own building. We wish to continue to be a resource to offer free meditation instruction and share the Buddha’s teachings through the Karma Kagyu Lineage in a new building.

The purchase of a larger space that the KTC Jacksonville can call its own will have a greater capacity to serve the needs of our community. We will be able to better host retreats, have visiting teachers and monastics stay in our new building, and have a larger shrine room to accommodate more participants.It is also our aspiration to have His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, visit Jacksonville when we have a permanent building! We are trying to raise $150,000 for an initial down payment for this new home.

 Our teachers, like Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, strongly endorse, as well as encourage support for KTC Jacksonville’s initiative to establish a permanent center and they have also contributed significantly to this worthy cause. It was Khenpo KartharRinpoche’s sincere wish that KTC Jacksonville have its own building to share the Dharma for generations to come.Supporting a project such as this is an opportunity to accumulate great merit because it help us continue to share the Dharma with others. With over $96,000 raised since 2018, this leaves us with $54,000 left to raise to complete our fundraising goal of $150,000. We hope that this year in 2021 we can complete our fundraising goal. Your contribution is vital. If you believe in the transformative power of meditation and the Buddhadharma, we ask for your continuous support of this meaningful aim.

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida. Your donations are tax deductible. All donations go directly to KTC Jacksonville for the purpose of purchasing a new building.

If you would like to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville-ktc

Or if you would like to donate using Paypal: paypal@ktcjax.org

Thank you for your support!

Meditation Mondays

Join us for Meditation Mondays virtual practice with Karma Gyamtso  from 7-8pm
Meditation is the foundation of Buddhist practice and we hope that you can take advantage of this new opportunity for Shamata Meditation that can bring peace and tranquillity to our lives.
Use our weekly zoom practice link below:

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: KTC JAX Virtual Dharma Practice (Mon\Tues/Wed/Sat) Saturdays 10am|10:30am-12pm Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm
Time: Feb 24, 2021 06:40 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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