FIRST LIGHT CEREMONY AND LAMP OFFERING FOR WORLD PEACE

Buddha Shakyamuni said in the Sutra on Offering Lamps:
 
These are the results of offering lamps:
You will not lose consciousness at death.
You will illuminate all directions.
You will see fine things never before seen.
You will definitely be reborn in a higher state
And take your seat among the enlightened beings.
 
Many such benefits are described in sutras and tantras. Through the centuries, light has been a powerful symbol and substance. Light creates warmth and connection; light inspires hope, love, and life.
 
We would like to invite and welcome everyone to join us in KTC Jacksonville’s annual First Light Offering for World Peace ceremony, to be held Monday, January 1st 2018 at 10:30 am.
 
First Light is a special day initiated by our parent monastery KTD in the new year 2000.  First Light has been held on January 1st by KTD, and KTCs all around the world, every year since. This year, we will once again gather to hold First Light, a ceremony through which we make aspirations, dedications, offerings, and prayers for world peace and the happiness of all beings in this upcoming New Year. We will hold an Amitabha Practice, followed by a light 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.
 
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 am in 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. 
 
We will also have tickets available for the Winter Raffle Fundraiser to raise funds for the KTC during the upcoming year. The winner will be picked during the luncheon.
You do not have to be Buddhist to attend.
We welcome all interested in learning more about Buddhism.

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.

KTC Jax Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Webcast

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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. Prostrations are the first foundation of the Preliminary Practices. Khenpo Rinpoche will teach the meaning and benefits of prostration practice, categories of prostrations, how to practice prostrations, and the   story behind Karma Chagme’s “Prayer for Offering Prostrations.”
 
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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 – February 10th
Evening: 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST

Saturday – February 11th
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EST
Potluck Luncheon
Afternoon: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST

Sunday – February 12th
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EST
Afternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST

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.

As noted on the schedule, there will be a vegetarian potluck between the two Saturday sessions. Attendees are welcome to bring a favorite dish to share.  (We will also be offering the ‘work yoga’ of house cleaning our center after lunch and welcome any donation in this regard as well.)

 

Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville • 1258 South McDuff Avenue • Jacksonville, Florida 32205
(904) 357-0663
Visit us at http://ktcjax.org  and http://facebook.com/ktcjax

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!

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

 

Accumulation and Offering of Chenrezig Mantra by KTC Jax

The benefits of reciting the mantra Om Mani Peme Hung, associated with the Buddha Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, are held to be as infinite as space.  This mantra is a prayer, a deep aspiration from our most loving heart and mind, that all beings in all realms be reborn in a state of bliss, without suffering, thus able to be of benefit to all beings remaining in samsara.

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For ourselves, we are incredibly fortunate to have met the Dharma in this life and to have the opportunity to perform the meditative practice and recite the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion.  Recitation of this mantra is a powerful practice through which we may purify our own negative karma, from this as well as previous lives. Recitation of this mantra, with heartfelt aspiration to liberate all beings from suffering, is also a profound method for accumulation of extensive merit.  Sincere recitation of this mantra has the power to transform our minds and hearts, to propel us along the path to enlightenment, and thus, to benefit beings and bring peace to this Earth.

As taken from a teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche:
It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra.
Om Ma Ni Pe Me Hum
(ohm) (mah) (nee) (peh) (may) (hung)

     The Power of the Six Syllable “Mani Mantra”

The six syllables perfect the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattvas
OM : Perfects the practice of generosity.
Ma : Perfects the practice of pure ethics.
Ni : Perfects the practice of tolerance and patience.
Pe : Perfects the practice of perseverance.
Me : Perfects the practice of concentration.
Hum : Perfects the practice of wisdom.

 Thus, in honor of the 30th birthday of His Holiness Karmapa 17th, which coincides exactly with day of the 30th Anniversary of the inauguration of KTC Jacksonville, we are requesting members and friends of KTC Jax to recite as many manis as possible. Members of other KTCs and KKSGs across the KTD family are invited to join us in our mani accumulation and offering. Our aspiration is to accumulate 1,000,000 mantras to offer Khenpo Rinpoche, our beloved vajra master, and to His Holiness Karmapa, our root guru, who is an emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig.

Due to flood damage to our local center, our Anniversary celebration is postponed for approximately four to six weeks. We are asking practitioners to keep track of their mantra count, which will be reported to Lama Kate White (katewhitemd@yahoo.com) at a specific date to be announced, based upon our reentering a repaired and restored KTC. Meanwhile, there is a lot of time to accumulate Mani mantras!

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