10:00 AM Saturdays:
General Information for Visitors and
New Students of Buddhism
Two Saturdays per month (see calendar), we offer visitors and those new to Buddhism a chance to ask questions about Buddhist practices and philosophy. During these sessions, we provide introductory information on Buddhism and Tantra for anyone who is interested. Led by a senior student, these sessions are relaxed and informal, and provide a forum for questions about Buddhism, especially but not limited to Tibetan Buddhism.For more information, see:
Information for Visitors and New Students
10:00 AM First Saturday of the month:
General meeting for KTC members
We hold our monthly member's meeting on the first Saturday of every month. During these meetings, the KTC Board of Directors reports on recent expenditures and income, new and ongoing improvements, and current maintenance issues. Plans for Lama visits are also discussed, and all current members are encouraged to make (and vote on) requests for Lamas, teaching topics, book/media purchases, and tantric empowerments.
9:30 AM Sundays: Traditional Tibetan Puja
Each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM, we perform a traditional Buddhist sadhana practice. A sadhana is a liturgical practice. Here, it refers to the recitation of several sadhanas which are performed in sequence. The term "sadhana" means "practice" or "meditation".
The practice involves chanting in the Tibetan language, interspersed with brief periods of silent meditation and song. The liturgy invokes the bodhisattva of compassion, Chenrezig and the Buddha Amitabha.
As is true of tantra in general, the Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas are designed to reveal the true, stainless, and pure nature of our mind. In addition, the sadhanas help us to develop Bodhicitta, compassion for others, by expanding our awareness of their suffering. By studying and practicing sadhanas, practitioners attain deeper states of meditation, and begins to transcend the ordinary state of confusion. Disturbing emotions such as desire and anger melt away, replaced by mental clarity and peace. Regular sadhana practice, combined with daily meditation, leads to realization of one's true nature, and ultimately to enlightenment.
The Sunday practice includes a short prayer to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), one of the principal founders of Tibetan Buddhism. We close with prayers for the good health and long life of our teachers, and aspirations that our practice benefits all beings.
Buddhist and non-Buddhist visitors may attend the Sunday practice. A short introduction to the main practices of our lineage is available at the Center, and more detailed teachings on this sadhana and its visualization practice generally can be obtained from the Namse Bangdzo Bookstore. A teaching on the Chenrezig sadhana by the Most Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of KTD, can be found here.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com for information on these practices.
10:45-11:00 AM Sundays: Guided Meditation
At 10:45 AM on Sundays, we hold a group meditation session. A brief instruction on meditation can be requested before the session. Participants are free to come and go as they please during the session. Meditation cushions are provided.
6:00 PM Wednesdays: Group Meditation
At 6:00 PM on most Wednesdays, members and visitors are welcome to join us for group meditation. Meditation cushions are provided.
7:00 PM Wednesdays: Dharma Topic / Book Discussion.
At 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, members and visitors are welcome to join us for a discussion of a Buddhist-themed book or topic. The subject matter changes each week. See the monthly calendar for information.
6:00 PM one Wednesday per month:
Medicine Buddha Sadhana Practice
At 6:00 PM on the Wednesday of the month that falls closest to the new moon, we perform the Medicine Buddha practice. The practice of the Medicine Buddha was taught by Shakyamuni Buddha as well as by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and is one of the foundational practices of the Kagyu lineages. Gelug master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught:
"[The eight] Medicine Buddhas are not only very powerful in healing disease, but in purification, for both the living and the dead. The Medicine Buddha practice can purify even those who have already died and liberate them from suffering."
This is a traditional tantric practice, for which recitation is only open to those who have taken refuge in Buddhism. However, visitors wishing to learn about and experience the sadhana may quietly attend or meditate during the practice. For more information, please contact the KTC Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.