June 2019 News and Events


“Compassion is not something to keep locked inside yourself. It is something to express in action. This compassion must persist beyond the thought, “If only their suffering would come to an end.” If we focus too long on wishing for something that we never pursue and that never happens, we run the risk of falling into a depression ourselves. When compassion arises, it is the time to act.” ― -H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje , Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society

His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Birthday & KTC Jacksonville’s 33rd Anniversary

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As part of our celebration of His Holiness Karmapa’s 34th birthday and our 33rd year of practicing Dharma together in Northeast Florida, Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville would like you invite you to come take part in this weeks festivities. Founded by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche we would like to give thanks for the continued support of our teachers, members, practitioner’s and community as we continue our mission to give the gift of Dharma in Jacksonville. Saturday June 22nd 9:30am Meditation 10:00am New book study starts with Mignyur Rinpoche’s  “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying ” 10:30am Chenrezik\Amitabha Practice with extended Karmapa Chenno Mantra. After practice we will have Tea and sweet treats for all to enjoy. Wednesday June 26th  Lama Losang Webcast on Lineage 7:00-8:00pm Want to learn more about Buddhism and our connection to the Karma Kagyu tradition and His Holiness Karmapa? This will be a great introductory talk as well as a great time to ask questions about Buddhist practice. Lama Losang/David Bole, completed the traditional three year retreat at Karme Ling Retreat Center under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He is currently serving as the Resident Lama for the Gainesville KTC and Spiritual Director at KTC Jacksonville. In addition, he received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida. He is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, A.P. and Director of the Traditional Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at KTD.

Save the date:

7/10 – Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind 7/20-22 – Lama Losang Weekend Teaching and Public Talk

KTC Jacksonville Needs Your Help!

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Our fundraising campaign for our Dharma center to have its own home is well under way. On the sacred days of Chotrul Duchen, the Buddha’s Days of Miracles, we received auspicious news that the founder of our Center, Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, heard about our fundraising campaign! Rinpoche was very happy to hear about our efforts and he offered a $1000 donation. We are beyond grateful to have Rinpoche’s blessings and the support of everyone that has donated thus far! We are all interconnected. Your support is a powerful way of benefiting sentient beings because you are supporting the development of compassion and wisdom. In the world we live in today, we need places like KTC Jacksonville. It truly takes everyone’s efforts to create this authentic place of study and practice. Please consider being a part of this mission today by making a donation. Any amount brings us closer to having a permanent Center! You can give today at the link below: https://www.gofundme.com/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville Karma Thegsum Choling is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida. Your donations are tax deductible.

Items needed at the center

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Our resident Monastic and Operations Officer Gyamtso has asked for contributions for the following items:
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Tissue boxes for puja tables
  • Flowers and food offerings
You can also make a donation in lieu of these items and specify that you would like it to go towards the needed shrine keeping items.

Dharma Bookstore

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Have you seen our Dharma Bookstore? We have over 50 titles of new and used Dharma books including Mignyur Rinpoche’s  “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying”. We also carry practice texts, malas, prayer flags, incense, shrine bowls and all the support items you would need for your home shrine. Because of a large donation of incense to help us fund raise for a permanent location for KTC Jax, all sales from incense go towards our Permanent Center Fund. Buy your incense at KTC Jax and let’s find a permanent space where the Dharma can be taught, contemplated, and practiced.  If there is something you don’t see please ask us and we can order it for you. All purchases go towards supporting the Dharma center.

About KTC Jax

Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville: KTCJax is a Tibetan Buddhist Practice Center of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddha Dharma. The Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools ofTibetan Buddhism & is often called “The Whispered Lineage” because its highest teachings are still passed in an unbroken line from teacher to student since the days of the Buddha. Founded in June of 1986, we’re also an affiliate Center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York, guides our Center. Please visit! We welcome all those interested in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and offer a range of activities to satisfy practitioners and visitors alike.
Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

April 2019 News and Events


“When you feel authentic love toward others, you will be deeply moved to act. You will not rest until you have found ways to secure the happiness of all those you are able to include in your feelings of love. As you learn to love more and more widely, your love will motivate you to act to benefit not just the few people in your inner circle, but your whole society, and eventually, the whole world. This makes love an immensely powerful basis for social action of any sort.”
― -H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje , The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out


Loving Kindness and Compassion: Webcast with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche April 12-14

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Loving-kindness and compassion play such an important role in the Buddhist approach to spirituality that we can say that a genuine practice of the dharma is actually based on the development of these qualities. The teachings always emphasize that, unless we practice and integrate these qualities into our everyday lives, it will be utterly impossible to attain enlightenment and liberation. Please join us in receiving this precious teaching from our beloved teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso will be translating.
Born in eastern Tibet in 1924, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is one of the great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage and Tibetan Buddhism. Khenpo Rinpoche, who received most of his training and education in Tibet before the Chinese invasion, is highly accomplished in meditation, philosophy, and all monastic arts. As abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD) in Woodstock, New York; spiritual guide of thirty-five Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) affiliate centers; and retreat master at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York; Rinpoche has touched the hearts and minds of many thousands of students.
Live Webcast Teaching Schedule:
Friday – 4/12 Evening: 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT
Saturday – 4/13
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDTNoon-1:30p Vegetarian Pot Luck Luncheon(we have moved our Pot Luck Luncheon up one week)Afternoon: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT Sunday – 4/14
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDTAfternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT
We will submit questions to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche via e-mail after the morning sessions.
There is no cost to attend this webcast but monetary offerings are greatly appreciated as they allow us to meet the costs of keeping our center open and to continue bringing the authentic dharma to the Jacksonville area.



Meditation Instruction: Developing a Calm and Tranquil Mind April 17th 7:00-8:30pm

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Most living beings seek mental happiness and want to eliminate suffering, but just wishing will not bring this about. We may even create the opposite. So we must search for the cause of suffering and the cause of happiness. The afflictions are the cause of samsara, of all mental discomfort and suffering. The remedy is meditation. – HH Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Please join us at the center Wednesday, August 17th 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 class is great for both beginners and advanced practitioners alike and free to all.


Rummage Sale Fundraiser May 11th 7:30-3:00PM

Its that time of year again! Declutter your closets, garage, and cabinets for a great cause! Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville will be having its annual benefit “rummage sale” on Saturday, May 11th from 7:30 am to 3 pm. So if you’re doing any “Spring Cleaning” we are asking Dharma students or friends that you have to make room in their homes and closets by donating items they no longer use or need and can part with. Donated items will be sold to benefit the Dharma center and whatever is not sold will be given to another charity. There is much merit in this!

Yard sale donations include in-decent-condition household wares, furniture, kitchen wares, books, clothing, etc. Last minute donations to the KTC can be brought Friday 6:30-8:30pm. Try to bring the items in boxes as we have limited storage space. Please contact us if you would be available to volunteer.

Any donations and volunteer “work” will help Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville continue its mission to offer others in North Florida the opportunity to learn meditation and study the Buddha’s teachings for the benefit of all sentient beings. Thank you for your generosity!
Volunteers Needed:We could use the help with setting up and closing down here are available times to help:Friday 6:30-8:30 pm – sorting, pricing, stagingSaturday 6:30-7:30 am – setup, put up signsSaturday 3:00-3:30 pm – break down and clean up


KTC Jacksonville Needs Your Help!

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Our fundraising campaign for our Dharma center to have its own home is well under way. On the sacred days of Chotrul Duchen, the Buddha’s Days of Miracles, we received auspicious news that the founder of our Center, Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, heard about our fundraising campaign! Rinpoche was very happy to hear about our efforts and he offered a $1000 donation. We are beyond grateful to have Rinpoche’s blessings and the support of everyone that has donated thus far!
We are all interconnected. Your support is a powerful way of benefiting sentient beings because you are supporting the development of compassion and wisdom. In the world we live in today, we need places like KTC Jacksonville. It truly takes everyone’s efforts to create this authentic place of study and practice. Please consider being a part of this mission today by making a donation. Any amount brings us closer to having a permanent Center! You can give today at the link below:
https://www.gofundme.com/new-home-for-ktc-jacksonville
Karma Thegsum Choling is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida. Your donations are tax deductible.


Items needed at the center

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Our resident Monastic and Operations Officer Gyamtso has asked for contributions for the following items:

  • Saffron
  • Tea lights
  • Wood Surface Cleaner (Pledge)

You can also make a donation in lieu of these items and specify that you would like it to go towards the needed shrine keeping items.


Dharma Bookstore

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Have you seen our Dharma Bookstore? We have over 50 titles of new and used Dharma books including Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s Excellent at the Beginning andDharma King: The Life of the 16th Karmapa in ImagesWe also carry practice texts, malas, prayer flags, incense, shrine bowls and all the support items you would need for your home shrine.Because of a large donation of incense to help us fund raise for a permanent location for KTC Jax, all sales from incense go towards our Permanent Center Fund. Buy your incense at KTC Jax and let’s find a permanent space where the Dharma can be taught, contemplated, and practiced. If there is something you don’t see please ask us and we can order it for you. All purchases go towards supporting the Dharma center.


About KTC Jax

Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville: KTCJax is a Tibetan Buddhist Practice Center of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddha Dharma. The Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools ofTibetan Buddhism & is often called “The Whispered Lineage” because its highest teachings are still passed in an unbroken line from teacher to student since the days of the Buddha. Founded in June of 1986, we’re also an affiliate Center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York, guides our Center. Please visit! We welcome all those interested in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and offer a range of activities to satisfy practitioners and visitors alike.


Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 357-0663 Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

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.

 

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)

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