Special Announcement from Director Michael Turnquist

In an effort to raise $10,000 for our Permanent Center Fund by the end of the summer please read the following letter from our KTC Jacksonville Director, Michael Turnquist, as to the importance of our endeavor.
https://www.gofundme.com/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville​
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Dear Friends and Supporters of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville,

As we enter our 32nd year of serving the Northeast Florida community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported the activity of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville!

Truly, this recognized center for the practice and study of Kagyu Dharma in North America has remained faithfully committed to providing authentic opportunities for the hearing, contemplation, and practice of the Buddhadharma. The center has, and continues to host, recognized and highly respected teachers of the Karma Kagyu Tradition to Jacksonville.

Many teachings, practice instructions, and blessings, have been offered over the decades.
Through the blessings of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, and his representative in North America, the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a strong and flourishing Dharma practice center has been established here.

It has been a long term aspiration of our teachers as well as center members to establish a permanent home for the KTC.

In keeping with our commitment of serving the local community as well as fulfilling the wishes of our teachers, I am writing you today to ask for your continuing support with this very important project.

Our teachers strongly endorse, as well as encourage support for KTC Jacksonville’s initiative to establish a permanent center and have also contributed significantly to this worthy cause.

KTC Jacksonville has been at our current location at McDuff Avenue for 15 years. As center membership has grown, the need for a larger facility that can accommodate increased interest in the Dharma has become a priority. In order that we be able to serve our community well into the future, it has become vital that we move forward with, and complete, this long aspired for project.

Please consider supporting KTC Jacksonville by contributing to our permanent building fund. All donations specified for this purpose are held in escrow for this purpose. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the activity of our teachers by contributing generously at our KTC Jax go-fund-me page. Please contact our treasurer, Casey Stone for additional information.

Thank you again for your support of authentic Buddhadharma in Northeast Florida!

Yours in the Dharma,
Michael Turnquist, Director, Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonvillefooter 2

If you would like to donate to our cause please click here for our gofundme link.

 

Lama Lodro Lhamo Visit Next Week: Fundraising Dinner and Dharma Talk & Green Tara Teaching and Retreat April 20-22

 

4th Annual KTC Jax Benefit Dinner & Dharma Talk With Lama Lodro Lhamo

It is the great hope of Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville 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. To foster this vision, we will host our 4th Permanent Center Fund Benefit Dinner at Ani Karma Lhamo’s Residence, to be held Friday, April 20th at 7:00 PM. This year we are honored to host Lama Lodro Lhamo, a remarkable teacher of the Karma Kagyu tradition. Lama Lodro attended our inaugural Benefit Dinner in 2015 and we are blessed to have her teach here again as KTC Jacksonville gets closer to having a building of its own. Please join us for a wonderful vegan meal, and especially, to hear a Dharma Talk by Lama Lodro called “Enlightened Women in Buddhist History.” Numerous women have attained Enlightenment in Buddhist history. Lama Lodro will share with us the inspiring and amazing stories of some of these extraordinary women and show how everyone can begin to traverse the path toward perfect and complete Enlightenment.

ABOUT LAMA LODRO: 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 her full monastic vows (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.

Participants will be able to share company & conversation with this wonderful Lama of the Karma Kagyu Tradition as well as enjoy delicious Vegan Vietnamese food. “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. We also hope to have some tasty vegan desserts!

Due to the incredible success of the Benefit Dinner in past years, we will offer two levels of Registration for participants this year:

KTC Supporter Level- $25 per person
KTC Donor Level- $50 per person

Those who register at the “KTC Donor” Level will receive a gift on behalf of KTC Jacksonville! This was made possible by a Center member. Please register ahead of time so we can have a head count of how many are attending(we need to know how much delicious food to cook!). Register for the dinner with Casey Stone at the center or email him. He will give you a ticket with Ani Lhamo’s address. If you are contacting him by email, his email is yongtentenzin@gmail.com. You can also preregister online by visitingktcjax.org. All proceeds raised from the dinner go directly to KTC Jacksonville Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Center, a 501c3 approved nonprofit.

We always appreciate all of our Members and friends who make donations to KTC Jacksonville. Let us come together in support of KTC Jacksonville. We offer our most sincere gratitude and a deep bow to all!

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Green Tara Teaching and Retreat
with Lama Lodro Lhamo April 21-22nd
We are honored to host Lama Lodro Lhamo April 21-22 while she teaches the practice of Green Tara, the female Buddha of Enlightened activity. You don’t want to miss this special opportunity to connect with Lama Lodro and participate in this retreat! We hope to see some new and old faces attend!
 
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 deepen our connection with Green Tara as we do this practice the first Saturday of every month at KTC and it bestows great blessing.
SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 21st
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
7:00-8:00 PM Refuge Ceremony*
Sunday, April 22nd
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
*If you would like to take Refuge and begin your formal path as a Buddhist please arrive at least 15 minutes before hand and let a board member know so Lama Lodro can be prepared.
Note: Please arrive a few minutes before hand as specific practice times may be adjusted. We will send out an e-mail with any changes.
SUGGESTED DONATIONS/FEES:
$25 per Session or
$80 for the Entire Retreat Weekend
PLEASE NOTE: KTC Jax brings authentic Buddhist teachers to the Jacksonville area year-round for programs and retreats. Suggested donations are requested to offset the costs associated with holding these special events. We always greatly appreciate your generosity but no one has ever been turned away because they couldn’t make a donation. We want as many people as possible to attend. Volunteer Scholarships are also available for those interested. Please let us know!
Lama Lodro will also be teaching 4/23-4/24 at Gainesville KTC on Shower of Blessings, a guru yoga practice connected with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) for more information visit here.

 

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.
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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.
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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!

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!

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