Columbus KTC Fire

From KTD newsletter Lama Kathy discusses the Columbus KTC fire.
Photo above: Screen capture from Columbus’ NBC4: fireman removes the Dream Flag from the Columbus KTC.
Buddha said “things always change and [are] impermanent.”

We all were saddened to see the devastating fire that damaged the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) building early in the morning of Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The former church has been the KTC’s home since 1990; the center itself has been in Columbus since 1977.

On the day of the fire, while investigators searched for a cause, KTC friends and neighbors from our Franklinton neighborhood helped us salvage some of our most precious shrine items: Our original Buddha statue filled with mantras and relics and dating back to the founding of the center; our set of Buddhist scriptures, singed but still whole; and a few statues given to us over the years by our spiritual friends and teachers.

Thus we have salvaged a few of the external supports of what are called the Three Jewels of Refuge: Buddha as the teacher; Dharma as the path; Sangha as the guides and companions.

Upon hearing of the fire, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the abbot of our home monastery in New York, gave us precious advice: “Do not be sad; work together and rebuild.”

Rinpoche said that rebuilding our center was the best “prayer” we could perform in the face of this devastating change.

Since the fire, we’ve been touched by the many offers of help we’ve received via telephone, email and social media; thoughts and prayers have been shared with us by people of all faiths, showing that a diverse community like ours can come together at times of difficulty.

We started this GoFundMe page to thank everyone for their prayers and to give them a practical way to contribute. We will regularly keep you updated on what we learn about the fire and its causes, and what our little community of Central Ohio Buddhist followers is doing to carry out the “prayer” of rebuilding our center.

Our home in Franklinton – where we have sheltered our aspirations to spiritual growth and trained a generation (or two!) of local meditators – has been destroyed, but from the true residing place of love and blessing in our hearts, may we all come together to manifest a new place of refuge in the heart of Columbus. – Lama Kathy Wesley


Please consider Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville in your end of the year charitable contributions.In the Buddhist tradition, making offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas increases our inner atmosphere of virtue and our capacity to practice generosity. Sponsoring and making monetary donations to a Dharma center is a powerful way of benefiting sentient beings because you are supporting the practice of compassion and wisdom for others and yourself. We are also 100% run by volunteers. Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville depends entirely on Membership dues and donations from the community to pay for its expenses. Currently, donations from Membership, the Dharma center’s donation box, and from the Medicine Buddha shrine do not cover the monthly expenses of our buildings rent, insurance, and electric bills. So we must have fundraisers to keep our doors open.

If you would like to make a one time donation, make a Membership donation, or set up recurring Membership donations please click the link below. We offer Individual Membership for $35 per month or more if you would like to give more. Not only is the merit gained from your donations measureless and priceless, but your financial support and involvement increases our capacity to offer programs, outreach events, retreats, and teachings from visiting Lamas. Also we bi-monthly do drive for a local charity like animal shelters, LGBT homeless youth groups, food banks, and AIDS social services. Please consider helping us grow as a Buddhist community and center so we can ensure the future of Dharma in Jacksonville for the benefit of all beings. We thank you for your continuing support!


We would also like to highlight the Silent Auction under way. Our beloved nun, Ani Karma Lhamo, has donated a beautiful Lacquer Wall Painting Inlaid with Abalone Shell Hand-Made in Vietnam. The Silent Auction Fundraiser for this gorgeous piece of art ends Saturday, December 19th. The first bid was placed at $100. You can place a bid at the center or emailing Casey at All Proceeds Benefit KTC Jacksonville’s Permanent Center Funds. May all beings benefit from your generosity.

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is an IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Your support is tax-deductible.

October 14-15 Seven Points of Mind Training and Lineage Prayer Teaching with Lama Kathy


We’re delighted to announce that Lama Kathy will be teaching at KTC Jacksonville Wednesday October 14 & Thursday October 15! She has not taught at KTCJax in a number of years and we are very excited to welcome her back!

Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chotso) has studied with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Lama Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling (Ohio) as its resident teacher, and travels to other Buddhist Centers throughout the country to teach. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Michael. She is also on the Board of Trustees at KTD.

Training in Compassion: The Seven-Point Mind Training
We all treasure the ideals of love and compassion, but may feel we lack the “how” instructions – how do we engender and nurture love and compassion, and bring them to fruition?

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has a number of teachings on this topic – teachings called “Lojong,” or “mind training.” One of the more celebrated “how-to” manuals on love and compassion is “The Seven-Point Mind Training,” which was written in the 12th Century. In it, author Chekawa Yeshe Dorje tells us how to develop mindfulness and compassion in a logical, easy step-by-step format that is easy to understand and practice.

Because this special visit by Lama Kathy is during the week, we adjusted the teaching schedule so that more people can attend due to work schedules.

Lama Kathy Teaching Schedule:

Wednesday, October 14th:
12:00pm-1pm – Registration
1:00pm-4:00pm- Teaching
4:00pm-6:00pm- Dinner/Interviews
6:00pm-8:30pm- Evening Teaching

Thursday, October 15th:
12:00pm-1pm – Registration
1:00pm-4:00pm- Teaching
4:00pm-6:00pm- Dinner/Interviews
6:00pm-8:30pm- Evening Teaching

$25 Per Session or $80 for Both Days

*No one has ever been turned away due to lack of funds. Suggested donations and fees for teachings helps us cover the costs associated with hosting Lamas. We will have volunteer positions available.*

Please contact Casey Stone at if you have any questions about the upcoming teaching.

Please don’t miss this precious opportunity to receive these Dharma Teachings from the amazing Lama Kathy!

Lama Kathy will also be teaching over the weekend at Gainesville KTC for more information visit .

Meditation Instruction tonight

Please join us at the center tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22nd 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 is a free instruction. Any donations to KTC Jax are gratefully accepted.



We are delighted to announce that Lama Karma Drodhul will be visiting KTCJax for a teaching weekend June 12-14. Lama Karma has not visited Jacksonville for several years. We just had a very eventful visit from Lama Lodro Lhamo and Lama Choenyi but we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to host Lama Karma, who is an amazing teacher.

Lama Karma Drodul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal attendant and nephew. He became a monk when he was nine years old and at twenty received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in five years. 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 now is the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling. He travels to different centers and has a full teaching schedule.

June 12-14, Lama Karma will teach on the “37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.” This core scripture from Tibetan Buddhism has been relied upon for six centuries as a synthesis of the Mahayana teachings, and more specifically as a condensation of the famous (but longer) text called Bodhicharyavatara (The Way of the Bodhisattva) by Shantideva. The 37 Practices is memorized and studied in all Tibetan Buddhist schools.

Lama Karma will give the Green Tara Empowerment and Refuge Saturday, June 13th at 7 pm. For those that attended the Green Tara Retreat with Lama Lodro at the Florida KTC’s, receiving the Green Tara empowerment would complete the 3 requirements for Green Tara practice(reading transmission, instruction, empowerment).


7:00 pm: Public Talk:”Compassion Without Limits”
Location: Hai Duc Temple(Chua Hai Duc)
2101 Pickettville Road
Jacksonville, FL 32220
*All are welcome to have dinner with Lama Karma & our Vietnamese brothers and sisters after the Dharma Talk. There is no charge for this Talk. Donations are welcome*

10:00am-Noon- Teaching
Noon- Lunch
2:00 pm-4:30 pm- Teaching
7:00 pm- Refuge & Green Tara Empowerment
Location: KTCJax
1258 McDuff Avenue South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

10:00am-Noon- Teaching
Noon- Lunch
2:00 pm-4:30 pm- Teaching
Location: KTCJax
1258 McDuff Avenue South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

$25 Per Session or $80 for the Entire Weekend(Including Empowerment)
$25 for Green Tara Empowerment
*No one ever turned away due to lack of funds. We will have volunteer positions available*

*Please email Casey at if you have any questions concerning the weekend*

Lama Karma Droduhl will also be visiting KKSG Amelia Island June 16th and 17th:

Tuesday June 16: 7-9 p.m. at KKSC Amelia (The Thomas Home) Topic-37 Practices of the Bodhissatva. Contact info: Billy Thomas at (904) 583-5343.
Email for reservations and directions
Wednesday June 17th: 7-9 p.m. public talk- Topic: Bodhichitta.
 Location: New Vision Congregational UCC, 96072 Chester Road, Yulee, Fl 32097
$10.00 Suggested donation.



Hi Everyone!

We’re so excited about the upcoming weekend with Tara, Lama Lodro, and Lama Choenyi! We have a wonderfully jam-packed weekend, and could use your help is you can spare a few moments.

We’ll post the schedule shortly, but here’s a list of things you could help with. If you see something that particularly appeals to you, please contact Leslee at ‘’.

  • Offer tea to the Lamas during the Teachings and Pujas
  • Help with putting up and taking down the Shrine offerings
  • Vacuum the Shrine Room between sessions
  • Help put food away after the Potluck meals
  • Help clean up after the meals
  • Help keep the Shrine Room straight  between sessions.
  • Wipe down the bathrooms between Saturday and Sunday
  • Vacuum the entire Center between Saturday and Sunday

If you’re able to arrive between 8 and 9 am on Saturday, and between 7 and 8 am on Sunday, or if you can stay a little late on either evening, those are times we can use help in addition to during the events.

Thanks in advance for your help, and enjoy accumulating your merit!

Tashi Delek!