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!

4th Annual Benefit Dinner & Dharma Talk Paypal Registration

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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.

 

Chenrezik & Sitting Meditation Instruction with Lama Losang  and 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner & Dharma Talk

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Chenrezik & Sitting Meditation Instruction with Lama Losang 
 
We are excited to announce that on October 21th Lama Losang will be visiting to give instruction on the Chenrezik Sadhana practice. Chanted weekly this practice develops and enriches an attitude of loving-kindness and compassion for all beings without exception. Lama will also give instruction on Sitting Meditation also known as Shamatha, the foundation practice of Tibetan Buddhism. These teachings will take place at KTC Jacksonville. Lama Losang will also preside over our 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner at Ani Lhamo’s House later in the evening.
 
SCHEDULE:
10:30am-12:00pm- Practice Instruction
12:00pm-2:00pm- Lunch Break
2:00pm-4:00pm- Practice Instruction
6:30pm- 3rd Annual KTC Jax Benefit Dinner & Dharma Talk With Lama Losang
 
SUGGESTED DONATION/TEACHING FEES:
$10 Suggested Donation
 
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3rd Annual KTC Jax Benefit Dinner & Dharma Talk With Lama Losang
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. This aspiration has become more urgent since KTC experienced, last year, a disastrous flooding incident of the building we have rented for 14 years now. The aspiration for a permanent location for our KTC, owned and maintained by us, has become ever more urgent.
To foster this vision, we will host our 3rd Permanent Center Fund Benefit Dinner at Ani Karma Lhamo’s Residence, to be held Saturday, September 9th at 6:30 PM. Please join us for a wonderful vegan meal, and especially, to hear a Dharma Talk by Lama Losang called “The Art of Happiness.”
Lama Losang/Dr. 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) monastic ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He is currently serving as the Resident Lama for Gainesville KTC and is the Spiritual Director of all the Florida KTCs. 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 on the Board of Trustees at our parent monastery KTD.
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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.
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 register using the paypal button below.
All proceeds raised from the dinner go directly to KTC Jacksonville Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Center, a 501c3 approved nonprofit.

 

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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!

Lama Karma Drodhul Public Talk and Weekend Teaching August 25-27th

We have exciting news that Lama Karma Drodhul will be returning to KTC Jacksonville for a weekend program August 25th-27th! Lama Karma will give a public talk, teachings at KTC Jax, offer Refuge (the ceremony by which one formally becomes a Buddhist), and bestow the Amitabha Empowerment.

Lama Karma is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principle attendant and assistant. As a youth, Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of Dharma study and Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the United States 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 is now one of the Drubpons (retreat masters) at Karme Ling and travels to centers throughout North America to teach. He is the author of “Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.”

Lama Karma’s weekend program at KTC JAX will be a teaching on “The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma”(also known as the Four Ordinary Foundations). The Four Thoughts are taken as a profound contemplation leading us to a direct confrontation with our own personal reality. He will also introduce us to the Ngondro practice. Knowing the Four Thoughts is essential to beginning the Ngondro practice. If you are interested in formally stepping onto the Buddhist path, Lama Karma will offer Refuge. Following the Refuge Ceremony, Lama Karma will bestow the precious Amitabha Buddha Empowerment.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Friday, August 25th 7 PM
Public Talk: Death and Dying
Location: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church
8447 Manresa Ave, Jacksonville, FL
$5 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

Saturday, August 26th
10am-12pm: Teaching
12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
2pm-4pm: Teaching
6:30pm: Refuge Ceremony
7pm: Amitabha Buddha Empowerment(Refuge required)
Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, August 27th
10am-12pm: Teaching
12pm-3pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
3pm-5pm: Teaching & Closing Remarks
Location: KTC JAX

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES:
$25 per session or for only Empowerment
$80 non-members/$72 members for entire weekend(including Empowerment)


 

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**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! No one has ever been turned away due to lack of funds. Volunteer Scholarships are available for those interested. Please let us know!**

We hope to see old and new faces in attendance to these precious teachings with Lama Karma! Please share if you know anyone interested. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

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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