August Special Teaching Announcement

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Cultivating Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Health:
TEACHINGS ON THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE BUDDHA
By
LAMA KARMA DRODHUL

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.
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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.
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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.
RETREAT SCHEDULE:
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

SUGGESTED DONATIONS*:
$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

 

October 14-15 Seven Points of Mind Training and Lineage Prayer Teaching with Lama Kathy

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We’re delighted to announce that Lama Kathy will be teaching at KTC Jacksonville Wednesday October 14 & Thursday October 15! She has not taught at KTCJax in a number of years and we are very excited to welcome her back!

Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chotso) has studied with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Lama Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling (Ohio) as its resident teacher, and travels to other Buddhist Centers throughout the country to teach. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Michael. She is also on the Board of Trustees at KTD.

Training in Compassion: The Seven-Point Mind Training
We all treasure the ideals of love and compassion, but may feel we lack the “how” instructions – how do we engender and nurture love and compassion, and bring them to fruition?

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has a number of teachings on this topic – teachings called “Lojong,” or “mind training.” One of the more celebrated “how-to” manuals on love and compassion is “The Seven-Point Mind Training,” which was written in the 12th Century. In it, author Chekawa Yeshe Dorje tells us how to develop mindfulness and compassion in a logical, easy step-by-step format that is easy to understand and practice.

Because this special visit by Lama Kathy is during the week, we adjusted the teaching schedule so that more people can attend due to work schedules.

Lama Kathy Teaching Schedule:

Wednesday, October 14th:
12:00pm-1pm – Registration
1:00pm-4:00pm- Teaching
4:00pm-6:00pm- Dinner/Interviews
6:00pm-8:30pm- Evening Teaching

Thursday, October 15th:
12:00pm-1pm – Registration
1:00pm-4:00pm- Teaching
4:00pm-6:00pm- Dinner/Interviews
6:00pm-8:30pm- Evening Teaching

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/FEES
$25 Per Session or $80 for Both Days

*No one has ever been turned away due to lack of funds. Suggested donations and fees for teachings helps us cover the costs associated with hosting Lamas. We will have volunteer positions available.*

Please contact Casey Stone at yongtentenzin@gmail.com if you have any questions about the upcoming teaching.

Please don’t miss this precious opportunity to receive these Dharma Teachings from the amazing Lama Kathy!

Lama Kathy will also be teaching over the weekend at Gainesville KTC for more information visit http://www.ktcgainesville.org/ .

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