Karmapa Society – Help for Nepal

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The earthquake that struck Nepal, along with areas of Tibet and India on Friday, April 24, is the worst to hit that region in 80 years. With aftershocks, mudslides and avalanches, the death count now exceeds 7,000. Even the smallest financial support can be life saving for the people of this area at this time.

The Karmapa Service Society is accepting donations to help those in need; please click this link for more information or to donate.

Or you may follow this link a list of relief organizations you can donate to.

May our merit benefit all beings!

Green Tara Teaching with Lama Lodro

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Please join us at KTCJax in May!

We are delighted to host Lama Lodro Lhamo in May, while she teaches the practice of Green Tara, the female Buddha of Enlightened activity.

(from Namse Bangdzo)Green Tara is a gentle female embodiment of universal compassion. She represents the virtuous, enlightened, and miraculous activity of all Buddhas. She reaches out her hand in the gesture of granting protection, freeing one from fear, obstacles, and difficulties. With her right foot stepping forward, she is alert, determined, and ready to actively help all who call upon her.

Green Tara is known as the ‘Swift One’ or the ‘Swift Liberator’ due to her immediate response to those who request her aid. Green Tara’s compassion for the welfare of all living beings is said to be even stronger than a mother’s love for her children. She is the one who helps us cross over the ocean of suffering and guides us upon the path of enlightenment.

Lama Lodro will teach on the Green Tara text, ritual, chanting, music, and lead practice sessions. It’s wonderful to have this precious opportunity learn this powerful practice, as we are doing Tara puja once a month at the center again!

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Lama Lodro Lhamo, pictured above in the procession welcoming His Holiness the Karmapa to his home in North America at KTD Monastery.

Lama Lodro Lhamo has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1990. She completed three consecutive three-year retreats at Karme Ling under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and received full bhikshuni ordination in 2008. She is currently the women’s retreat master at Karme Ling Retreat Center. She has a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Columbia University. She’s also fluent in Chinese, English, and Tibetan.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 16th
9-10:30 AM–Reading Transmission & Instruction
10:45 – 12 PM –Green Tara Puja
1:30 – 3 PM–Practice Instruction
3:15 – 4:45 PM–Green Tara Puja

Sunday, May 17th
9-10:30 AM–Practice Instruction
10:45 – 12 PM –Green Tara Puja
1:30 – 3 PM–Practice Instruction
3:15 – 4:45 PM–Green Tara Puja

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/FEES:

$25 per Session or
$80 for the Entire Retreat Weekend.

(no one turned away for lack of funds, and work-study scholarships are available. Please inquire at the Center or email Casey Stone for more information.

Thank you for supporting KTCJax!

May 15 – KTC Jax Benefit Dinner with Lama Lodro Lhamo

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Please join us at 7 pm on May 15th for a Benefit Dinner at Ani Karma Lhamo’s Residence!

We will welcome Lama Lodro Lhamo & Lama Choeyni to Jacksonville with a wonderful dinner to fundraise for the Dharma center. Participants will be able to share company & conversation with these two incredible Lamas of the Karma Kagyu Tradition as well as enjoy delicious Vegan Vietnamese food.

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“Pho Chay” will be the main dish served. Pho Chay is a popular traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup with vegetables and a unique, flavorful broth.

Registration for the Benefit Dinner is $20 per person.

You can register from now till Thursday, May 14th. Please register for the dinner at the center with Casey Stone and he will give you a ticket with Ani Lhamo’s address. You can also register by emailing him at yongtentenzin@gmail.com. All proceeds go to sustaining KTC Jacksonville.

We hope you can attend!

Green Tara Statue Raffle Fundraiser

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An anonymous KTCJax Member has donated two beautiful GREEN TARA STATUES to fundraise for the Center.

Green Tara is the female Buddha of Enlightened activity. She acts for the benefit of all who pray to her with the swiftness of the wind. Her main activity is to brush away fear and danger.

One of these statues will be the prize in a raffle drawing when Lama Lodro visits May 15-17.

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These statues were filled with precious blessing substances by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche himself, the Abbot of KTD, and by the KTD Lamas.

They will also be consecrated by His Holiness the Karmapa when he visits KTD Monastery this month! Lama Lodro will pull the winning raffle ticket May 17th at the end of the Green Tara Teaching & Retreat.

The donation per raffle ticket is $20.

You may purchase raffle tickets now till May 17th.

Please see Casey Stone to purchase your raffle tickets. Even if you cannot attend the Tara Retreat, you can still purchase tickets and participate. Email Casey Stone at yongtentenzin@gmail.com if you live far away or cannot make the weekend teaching, he will mail the statue to you. All proceeds go to keeping the Dharma Center’s doors open.

May Schedule at KTCJax

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We have some wonderful Special Events coming up at KTCJax, which you can read about in other posts on our website, and here is a summary of our regularly scheduled activities for the month of May:


REGULAR PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Wednesdays
7-8pm Buddhism Basics: Discussion or Reading and a brief meditation.

Thursdays
6 pm: Medicine Buddha Practice: For healing and the removal of obstacles.
7-8pm: Silent Sitting and Object Meditation: Shinay/Shamata practice; brief instructions offered.

Last Fridays Each Month
7-8:30pm: Vietnamese-Tibetan Buddhist Study Group: Chenrezik practice with our local Vietnamese sangha

Saturdays
10-10:30am: Silent Sitting Meditation
10:30am: Chenrezig and Amitabha Practice: followed by a short question and answer and discussion session.

FIRST Saturdays
8-10 am Green Tara Puja: For the removal of obstacles and swift help.

All practices are open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. 


 MEDICINE BUDDHA PRACTICE – 6pm THURSDAYS

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We now hold Medicine Buddha Practice at 6 pm on Thursdays. Medicine Buddha is our principle practice for physical and spiritual healing. This important sadhana helps us accumulate the causes of healing, and removes inner and outer obstacles.


GREEN TARA PRACTICE – FIRST SATURDAYS

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First Saturday’s Each Month: 8am-10am;

KTCJax has resumed a long-standing tradition: Green Tara Puja (chanted practice, chanted in Tibetan.

All Karma Kagyu monasteries do Tara puja daily, usually before sunrise. We will do the practice the First Saturday of each month at 8am.

Green Tara is the female Buddha of Enlightened activity. She acts for the benefit of all who pray to her with the swiftness of the wind. Her main activity is to brush away fear and danger.

Please note, if you are not vegetarian, do not consume meat before attending this practice.

Green Tara puja will be followed by the regular meditation and Chenrezik-Amitabha practice.


POTLUCK VEGETARIAN LUNCHEON – THIRD SATURDAYS

Our usual Third-Saturday Potluck will be on May 16 (5/16), during Lama Lodro’s visit. We’ll meet at Leslee’s house, just two blocks away. Please join us!
We typically hold Potluck after practice on the Third Saturday of the month by gathering together,  sharing vegetarian dishes and enjoying each other’s company and community. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends and family.

 


VIETNAMESE-TIBETAN BUDDHIST STUDY GROUP  – LAST FRIDAYS

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The Vietnamese-Tibetan Buddhist Study Group meets at Ani Lhamo’s house.

The May meeting of our Vietnamese-Tibetan Buddhist Study Group will be Friday May 29th at 7pm.

This group was formed by Vietnamese-speaking students interested in learning about the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Non-Vietnamese are also encouraged to attend. We practice the Chenrezik puja and have a Dharma discussion.

The study group meets at Ani Karma Lhamo’s residence. Please contact Casey Stone if you wish to attend.

 


SAVE THE DATES

KTC Jacksonville:

May 15, 7 pm: Benefit Dinner “Pho Chay”: with Lama Lodro Lhamo.

May 16 – 17: “Green Tara Teaching & Retreat” with Lama Lodro Lhamo.

​May 17: Green Tara Raffle Drawing with Lama Lodro Lhamo.

June: (date TBD): Spring Rummage Sale Benefit: at KTCJax

KTC Gainesville:

May 22-24: “Green Tara Teaching & Retreat” with Lama Lodro Lhamo.

Oct. 9-11: Lama Kathy Wesley. Death and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition.


KTCJAX FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN MAY

We always appreciate all of our Members and anyone who makes donations to KTC Jacksonville. 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.

Currently, donations from Membership, the Dharma center’s donation box, and from the Medicine Buddha shrine do not cover the cost of our buildings rent, insurance, and electric bills. So we must have fundraisers to keep our doors open. We hope you participate in two upcoming important fundraisers when Lama Lodro Lhamo visits in May to lead the Green Tara Teaching & Retreat.

May all beings benefit from your generosity!


WISH TO DONATE OR BECOME A MEMBER?

Donations allow us to continue to offer programs to the community, bring lamas to the area to teach, and cover our operational expenses. Please consider becoming a member of KTCJax or making a one time donation. Please click the DONATE button below if you’d like to sign up. You can donate or set up recurring payments to pay membership dues ONLINE through PayPal.

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Individual Membership is $35 per month (more, of course, if you wish). Our website explains more about the benefits.

KTCJax and KTD are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Charitable donations, including membership payments, are tax deductable to the extent of the law.

We thank you for your continuing support! http://ktcjax.org/


 

Rummage Sale Fundraiser Scheduled for June

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It’s that time of year again!

If you’re doing some Spring cleaning and come across items you no longer want, consider bringing them to the Center anytime before or after any of our weekly programs. The next yard sale fundraiser is scheduled for June but we are taking item donations for it now.

Leslee has kindly opened up her garage to us where we will store the items. We will announce the exact date in May. There’s still room for us to store things to offer for sale, so please think of us when you’re doing your spring cleaning.

Thank you for your generosity! 

May Charity Drive: JASMYN

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KTC Jacksonville is very happy to be collecting nonperishable foods and hygiene items for JASMYN’s Pantry till May 31st. Please CLICK HERE for a list of needed items.

The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network is a non-profit youth organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-23. JASMYN provides a safe space, support, leadership development, HIV prevention and recreational opportunities to youth 13-23.

KTC Jacksonville’s Buddhist community is committed to playing an active role in our community by helping organizations like JASMYN. For Buddhists, helping others and doing charitable works is extremely important in the principles of Buddhism. Helping others is crucial in practicing the Mahayana view of the Karma Kagyu Tradition.

Karmapa America 2015

UPDATE 24 April 2015

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

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“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.

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UPDATE 12 March 2015

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

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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.

April Deep Breath

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After the whirlwind that’s been March, April for KTCJax seems to be resting in following the Karmapa’s America 2015 visit, and catching our breath for Lama Lodro’s Tara Retreat in May.

Stay tuned for more info on her visit, and please drop in if you can. Remember, we meet on Wednesday & Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings and last Friday evenings. Join us for potluck on the Third Saturday!

Wishing you a wonderful Spring!

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(Sunrise photo credit: Dr. John Farrar)