The Art of Living: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind A Weekend teaching with Lama Losang

Lama Losang returns to KTC Jacksonville to teach us how our physical health directly connects to our mental state and wellness. You will learn Eastern practices such as Qigong and accupressure alongside mindfulness meditations and other techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life and help you on the path to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Lama Losang returns to KTC Jacksonville to teach us how our physical health directly connects to our mental state and wellness. You will learn Eastern practices such as Qigong and accupressure alongside mindfulness meditations and other techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life and help you on the path to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

The last Art of Living teaching by Lama Losang was praised by all of who attended and we hope you can take part special offering.

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.

Friday 
7:00 pm : Public Talk: “Mind and Body Connection: How the practices of Meditation and Eastern Healing can benefit our busy lives”
$5 suggested donation

Location: KTC JAX

Saturday, July 20th
10:00am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
2pm-4pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, July 21st
10am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice
12pm-3pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
3pm-5pm: Teaching & Closing Remarks
Location: KTC JAX

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES:
$25 per session
$80 for entire weekend
Members receive a 10% discount on teachings
No one will ever be turned away from teachings for ability to make a donation. Volunteer scholarship opportunities are also available

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

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong Weekend Visit and Shamatha Retreat

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Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is honored to announce that Khenpo Tenkyong will lead us in a Shamatha Meditation Retreat March 8th-10th. Shamatha meditation or “Calm-Abiding” meditation is the foundational practice of all Buddhist traditions. Khenpo Tenkyong combines traditional teachings with non-traditional methods in a fresh and delightful way. Whether you are a new student to meditation or a senior meditator, this will be the retreat for you to deepen your understanding and practice of meditation!

ABOUT KHENPO TENKYONG: Khenpo Tenkyong is a dynamic teacher committed to protecting nature and spreading Dharma blessings to children and adults everywhere. As a bridge between ancient ways and modern needs, Khenpo Tenkyong meets students where they are in order to build strong foundations for strong practice. In 2001 Khenpo Tenkyong was awarded the Degree of Master of the Buddha’s Teaching in the Sutra Tradition from Sampuranand University. In October 2002, Khenpo was bestowed the title of “khenpo”(Spiritual title and degree in Tibetan Buddhism) by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Skilled in meditation, yoga, and understanding precious nature Khenpo Tenkyong’s passion for life can be felt in all of his teachings.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Friday, March 8th 7 PM Public Talk: Himalayan Yoga

The cultivation of a peaceful mind centers around meditation, which relies on the foundation of a flexible body. Simple Himalayan yoga movements, meditation techniques, and breathing techniques help open your body and prepare you for meditation, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, improve breathing, increase flexibility, and open energy centers.

Location: Tehila’s 1250 S Mc Duff Ave $10 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-talk-himalayan-yoga-tickets-57336845047

Saturday, March 9th 10am-12pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice 12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews 2pm-4pm: Teaching & Meditation Practice 6:30pm: Refuge Ceremony Location: KTC JAX

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

SUGGESTED DONATIONS/TEACHING FEES: $25 per Day $80 for entire weekend

To register for the weekend teaching please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamatha-meditation-retreat-with-khenpo-karma-tenkyong-tickets-57337150962

Preregistration is encouraged so we can plan for the number of attendees. Thanks for your help!

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!

First Light Ceremony and Lamp Offering for World Peace

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FIRST LIGHT CEREMONY AND LAMP OFFERING FOR WORLD PEACE NEW YEARS DAY JANUARY 1ST 10:30AM On January 1, 2019 Karma Thegsum Choling will continue the First Light tradition that began in 2000 with the aspiration of bringing peace into our daily lives and to the world. Part of His Holiness Karmapas’ activity is to point the way to living a life of love and compassion, to teach us to protect our environment and to provide the light of wisdom. Lamp offerings have special meaning in this regard: shining the light on our inner wisdom and reminding us of the clear path to living each day to create a life of peace. We invite you to light your lamps of peace — to join in our offering and prayers to help the light of wisdom reach all corners of the world. Join us for the 20th year of celebrating First Light with KTD Monastery, other KTC Centers, and Buddhist communities around the world. Let us together make aspirations, dedications, offerings, and prayers for World Peace and happiness to reach all corners of the world. We will chant the traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayers of the Amitabha sadhana, followed by a lamp offering ceremony dedicated to those we may wish to remember who have passed away, those who are ill, and all beings who may suffer. Each participant will have the opportunity to light a candle for his or her own loved ones, make aspirations, or offer prayers.
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First Light is also an auspicious occasion to renew our commitment to practice for the benefit of all sentient beings & to make offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as represented by our shrine. Making offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is considered highly meritorious and an effective way of removing obstacles. Participants are encouraged to bring individual offerings: particularly flowers, fruit, sweets, baked treats, or monetary offerings. This too is considered especially meritorious. We ask that those bringing offerings please try to arrive around 9:30 amin order for offerings to be placed and the shrine properly prepared by volunteer shrinekeepers. Following the ceremony we will hold a vegetarian potluck luncheon to which all are welcome. Please feel free to bring a vegetarian dish of your choice. You do not have to be Buddhist to attend. We welcome all interested in learning more about Buddhism.

Holiday Schedule Changes and Upcoming Events

1/8 – Lama Losang Skype QA

1/14-15 – Lama Kathy Evening Visit and Teaching on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

3/8-10 – Khenpo Tenkyong Visit and Teaching

October News – Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Webcast 1//9-11/11

Living interdependence is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Perhaps the most valuable opportunity it offers is the opportunity to love. We need to expand our access to the love we have within us. This requires that we put ourselves in situations that ask us and allow us to love.
-H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society”

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche KTC Live Webcast November 9 – 11
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“Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen”
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Translator:Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
At the end of July at KTD, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Tulku Damcho Rinpoche, Thrangu Monastery and KTD lamas performed consecration rituals for the newly arrived statues of Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen and retinue. Since many of us don’t know much about Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen,
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be bestowing a teaching on this peaceful protector. Please join us for another extraordinary teaching weekend with our beloved Rinpoche.
Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen is the peaceful form of a dharma protector. Khenpo Rinpoche will present Devi Mahashri Lhamo Palchen’s story and outline the benefits of her practice.
Live Webcast Teaching Schedule:
Friday – 11/9
Evening: 7:00–8:30 p.m. EST
Saturday – 11/10
Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EST
Afternoon: 3:30–5:00 p.m. EST
Sunday – 11/11
Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EST
Afternoon: 2:30–4:00 p.m. EST


Lhabab Duchen Charity Drive
Lhaba DuchenIn the spirit of giving to the community we have revamped our charity drive to coincide with the four great Buddhist holidays. Lhabab Duchen is the celebration of Buddha Shakamuni’s descent from the god realm back to earth. During this auspicious time we will collect donations to benefit Northeast Florida Wildlife Coalition who help providing orphaned, injured and displaced animals with a second chance at life. We are collecting wet dog food, cat food and human baby food until November 17th.

Rummage Sale

rummagesaleforcharityIts 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, November 17th from 7:30 am to 2 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, electronics, etc. Please bring donations to the KTC before practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Try to bring the items in boxes as we have limited storage space. Also we will need a few volunteers to help set up and manage the benefit sale on Saturday. 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 for the Rummage Sale:
Friday Night Setup: 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday Morning Setup: 6:30am
Saturday Afternoon breakdown: 2:00pm
If interested in volunteering please e-mail assistantdirector@ktcjax.org


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:

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
  • Black tea bags (for the shrine)
  • Paper towels
  • Tea’s for the lobby
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

malasHave 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 and Dharma 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 of
Tibetan 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 Jacksonville
1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205

Lama Karma Drodhul visit “Path of Compassion: Bringing Our Love to Life” 9/21-9/23

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville is honored to announce that Lama Karma Drodhul will lead us in a weekend teaching September 21-23 titled “Path of Compassion: Bringing Our Love to Life.” Lama Karma is known for his strong devotion to the Buddhadharma, the infinite joy that he has, and his playful humor. This will be a special weekend that you don’t want to miss!

During the weekend seminar, Lama Karma will teach us further methods of meditation on compassion including altruism practice (“Sending and Receiving”) and the mantra practice of Chenrezig, Bodhisattva of Compassion. Through teaching, empowerment and blessings, Lama Karma will introduce us to our inner compassionate nature and help us actualize it in our everyday lives.

ABOUT LAMA KARMA: Lama Karma from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery 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.”

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 21st 7 PM
Public Talk: “The Compassion of Daily Life”.

Our busy world doesn’t always give us time to slow down and really spend time with one another; loneliness and alienation can occur even when we are “connected” through our seemingly ever-present electronic tools and social media sites.

How can we reach across the gap and meet one another with kindness? By awakening our natural capacity for love and compassion. This talk introduces us to Buddhist teachings on compassion.

Location: Tehila’s 1250 S Mc Duff Ave
$5 Suggested Donation for Public Talk

Saturday, September 22nd
10am-12pm: Teaching
12pm-2pm: Lunch Break & Interviews
2pm-4pm: Teaching
6:30pm: Refuge Ceremony
7pm: Chenrezik Empowerment (Refuge required)
Location: KTC JAX

Sunday, September 23rd
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)

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!

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.

 

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Webcast April 27-29th

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Webcast April 27-29th “Chakme Démön:
Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati”

We are pleased to announce that the next KTC webcast with Khenpo
Karthar Rinpoche will be Karma Chagme’s “Prayer for Offering
Prostrations.” Please join us in receiving this precious teaching
from our beloved teacher. Lama Yeshe Gyamtso will be translating.

Chakme Démön (also known as the  “Aspiration Prayer of
Sukhavati”) was written by Chakme Rinpoche. This is a prayer
aspiring to be reborn in Sukhavati, the Land of Great Bliss created
by the power of the compassionate aspirations of Buddha Amitabha.
Once born there, one will experience no suffering, and will practice
the Dharma until complete enlightenment.

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 – 4/27

Evening: 7:00–8:30 p.m. EDT

Saturday – 4/28

Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EDT

Afternoon: 3:30–5:00 p.m. EDT

Sunday – 4/29

Morning: 10:30 a.m.–noon EDT

Afternoon: 2:30–4:00 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.

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 of Tibetan
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.

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

Suggested Donation



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.

 

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