A Benefit Event for KTC Jax

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The precious umbrella symbolizes the wholesome activity of preserving beings from illness, harmful forces, obstacles and so forth in this life and all kinds of temporary and enduring sufferings of the three lower realms, and the realms of human beings and gods in future lives. It also represents the enjoyment of a feast of benefit under its cool shade.


It is the great hope of KTC Jax to one day have a permanent location of our own where we can teach and practice dharma, always with a motivation to benefit countless sentient beings. This aspiration has become more urgent since KTC  experienced, several weeks ago, a disastrous flooding incident of the building we have rented for 13 years.  As a result, we have had to relocate to a temporary and much smaller space next door, where  we continue to hold teachings and practice.  We are now faced with paying for repair and restoration of our former, rented space, which belongs to our landlord, in order to safely reoccupy our Center.  You can appreciate that the aspiration for a permanent location for our KTC, owned  and maintained by us, has become ever more urgent.
To foster this vision and  launch a more vigorous fundraising effort for our New Building Fund,  KTC Jax will host our 2nd annual New Building Fund Benefit Dinner at Ani Karma Lhamo’s residence,  to  be held Friday,  August 5th at 7:00 PM.  Please join us  for a wonderful vegan meal, and  especially, to meet lifelong Tibetan monk and Vajra Master of Karme Ling Retreat, Lama Karma Drodhul, as our special guest.  Lama Karma is known for his humor; his tender loving kindness towards all beings; his efforts to save the lives of animals; and an impressive knowledge in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
Participants  in our Benefit Dinner will be able to share company & conversation with this wonderful  Lama of the Karma Kagyu tradition as well as enjoy delicious Vegan Vietnamese food to a background of sacred Tibetan music. “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 ahead of time, or you can pay at the dinner. Please register for the dinner with Casey Stone and he will give you a ticket with Ani Lhamo’s address. You can register by emailing him at yongtentenzin@gmail.com or in person at the KTC.  All proceeds go directly to KTC Jacksonville Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Center, a 501c3 approved charity, and specifically, towards acquiring a KTC owned building to house our Shrine and practice space.  May all beings benefit from your generosity!
We deeply appreciate all members and friends who make  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. We offer our most sincere gratitude and a deep bow to all!

August Special Teaching Announcement

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Cultivating Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Health:

We are honored and delighted to welcome Lama Karma Drodhul, Retreat Master at Karme Ling Retreat Cetner, to Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville August 6-7, 2016.  Lama Karma will be teaching on the profound healing practice of Medicine Buddha.
The Practice of Medicine Buddha, when undertaken with the heartfelt wish to benefit all beings and relieve them of suffering, is a meditative practice that is extremely effective in the removal of sickness, both physical and mental, and in bringing about balance.  The practice of Medicine Buddha was taught by the Buddha himself in response to a request from his student Manjushri to teach a practice for those beings who have inner and outer sufferings, and who live in the midst of degenerate times. As taught by the head of our lineage, the Gyalwa Karmapa, some diseases can benefit from medicine, but some cannot. In some places there are hundreds of sick beings and very few doctors, so there can be little treatment. In these cases, Medicine Buddha practice can be dedicated to those suffering beings.
 The Medicine Buddha Sutra states that in the time when deadly new diseases appear and are hard to cure, the power of Medicine Buddha will become even stronger.During this two day retreat intensive, Lama Karma will also offer the Refuge Ceremony, the first step in connecting the mind of the student with the great Masters of our lineage, the first step in becoming Buddhist. Lama Karma will also be performing the Medicine Buddha Empowerment, which, along with refuge, is required to perform the Medicine Buddha practice. If one does not wish to practice the Medicine Buddha sadhana, receiving the empowerment is still a great blessing.
Of note: Due to the recent flooding event at KTC Jacksonville making our center currently unusable, the Medicine Buddha retreat will be held at Hai Duc Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, who have generously offered us their space. The schedule for the retreat is listed below.
Lama Karma Drodhul (pronounced “Drundul”) is the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s nephew as well as his principal disciple and attendant.  Lama Karma became a monk at age nine and received full ordination by age twenty from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, at Thrangu  Monastery in Kham, Tibet where Lama Karma grew up and trained. Lama Karma is known for having excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in just five years, whereas most students take 12 years. Thrangu Rinpoche then sent Lama Karma to the U. S. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the guidance of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
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After coming to KTD Monastery in NY, in 2008 Lama Karma Drodhul accomplished two consecutive three-year, three-month retreats under Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. Lama Karma has since become the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling.
Lama Karma is known for his humor, light-hearted approach, and delightful presence; his tender loving kindness to all beings; his commitment to saving the lives of animals; and his wide-ranging and deep knowledge of the dharma. He is a very popular and valued teacher and has traveled the globe fulfilling unending invitations to teach at Buddhist centers across the world. We are fortunate to have him here with us at KTC Jax at the Hai Duc Temple.
FRIDAY August 5th
Fundraising Dinner
E-mail announcement to come shortly.
SATURDAY August 6th
10:00am-Noon: Teaching
Noon- 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm-4:30 pm: Teaching

7:00 pm: Refuge & Medicine Buddha Empowerment

Location: Hai Duc Temple (Chua Hai Duc)
2101 Pickettville Road
Jacksonville, FL 32220

SUNDAY August 7th
10:00am-Noon: Teaching
Noon-2:00pm Lunch
2:00 pm-4:30 pm: Teaching

Location: Hai Duc Temple (Chua Hai Duc)
2101 Pickettville Road
Jacksonville, FL 32220

$25 Per Session or $80 for the Entire Weekend (Including Empowerment)
$25 for Medicine Buddha Empowerment if not attending entire weekend.

*No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. We will have volunteer positions available*

*Please email Casey at yongtentenzin@gmail.com if you have any
questions concerning the weekend*

We look forward to seeing you!
Sponsored by:
Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville,
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center
1258 South McDuff Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32205
(904) 357-0663


Accumulation and Offering of Chenrezig Mantra by KTC Jax

The benefits of reciting the mantra Om Mani Peme Hung, associated with the Buddha Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, are held to be as infinite as space.  This mantra is a prayer, a deep aspiration from our most loving heart and mind, that all beings in all realms be reborn in a state of bliss, without suffering, thus able to be of benefit to all beings remaining in samsara.

For ourselves, we are incredibly fortunate to have met the Dharma in this life and to have the opportunity to perform the meditative practice and recite the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion.  Recitation of this mantra is a powerful practice through which we may purify our own negative karma, from this as well as previous lives. Recitation of this mantra, with heartfelt aspiration to liberate all beings from suffering, is also a profound method for accumulation of extensive merit.  Sincere recitation of this mantra has the power to transform our minds and hearts, to propel us along the path to enlightenment, and thus, to benefit beings and bring peace to this Earth.

As taken from a teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche:
It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra.
Om Ma Ni Pe Me Hum
(ohm) (mah) (nee) (peh) (may) (hung)

     The Power of the Six Syllable “Mani Mantra”

The six syllables perfect the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattvas
OM : Perfects the practice of generosity.
Ma : Perfects the practice of pure ethics.
Ni : Perfects the practice of tolerance and patience.
Pe : Perfects the practice of perseverance.
Me : Perfects the practice of concentration.
Hum : Perfects the practice of wisdom.

 Thus, in honor of the 30th birthday of His Holiness Karmapa 17th, which coincides exactly with day of the 30th Anniversary of the inauguration of KTC Jacksonville, we are requesting members and friends of KTC Jax to recite as many manis as possible. Members of other KTCs and KKSGs across the KTD family are invited to join us in our mani accumulation and offering. Our aspiration is to accumulate 1,000,000 mantras to offer Khenpo Rinpoche, our beloved vajra master, and to His Holiness Karmapa, our root guru, who is an emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig.

Due to flood damage to our local center, our Anniversary celebration is postponed for approximately four to six weeks. We are asking practitioners to keep track of their mantra count, which will be reported to Lama Kate White (katewhitemd@yahoo.com) at a specific date to be announced, based upon our reentering a repaired and restored KTC. Meanwhile, there is a lot of time to accumulate Mani mantras!

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


lamakarmaWe 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 is ever turned away due to lack of funds. We will have volunteer positions available*

*Please email Casey at yongtentenzin@gmail.com 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 ameliakksg@gmail.com 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.

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.



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


$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!

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