— Michael Erlewine The “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind” made an indelible impression on me on contact, but they were really driven home to me by the time I spent as chauffeur for the Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. What can I say; meeting Trungpa Rinpoche was a profound experience, an island of sanity in […]Read more "THE ADVICE OF CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA"
— Michael Erlewine Karma is the result of our previous intentions and actions that is ripening. And karma trumps genes, the accidental, and circumstantial. To use an analogy, karma is like rolling a pair of loaded dice, where karma is the “load.” When the dice are rolled, the tendency will be determined by the load. […]Read more "The tiny actions (cringes, shocks, reactions, prejudice, etc.) we perform hundreds of times a day, accumulate beyond our imagination."
Chamgon Tai Situpa’s first visit to KTD in 17 years began with his arrival September 30th, followed by his teaching on October 1, 2016. Some of us could attend, and some could not. However, we all can experience (or re-experience) the visit through the lenses of our photographers, who covered the event in stirring detail. Many […]Read more "Auspicious Arrival: Chamgon Tai Situpa Teaches at KTD October 1st"
The 10-Day Teaching has been part of KTD’s summer schedule since 1989. It is taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche for a large group of happy and loyal students. Each year Khenpo Rinpoche teaches important texts and helps students connect to their practice – whether it’s Shamatha, Tonglen, Chenrezig or Ngondro. It’s also a time and place for […]Read more "10-Day Teachings 2016: Inspiring Stories of an Amazing Life"
August 13, 2016 New Release from KTD Publications: ESTABLISHING VALIDITY by the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, translated by David Karma Choephel The book comprises the first chapter of Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso’s Ocean of the Literature on Logic, which is his commentary on the first chapter of Dharmakirti’s Compendium of Validity. That is in turn an extensive […]Read more "KTD PUBLICATIONS Announces New Book “ESTABLISHING VALIDITY,” by the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, translated by David Karma Choephel"
August 6, 2016 In July, I had the great privilege of attending a week-long chöd retreat for Spanish speakers taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. The retreat was a remarkably international gathering. The teachings were offered in three languages and attendees came from all over the world. Between Rinpoche, the retreatants, and […]Read more "Spanish-language Chöd retreat at KTD: A Remarkable International Gathering"
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe is a Lama of many accomplishments; among these is building furniture, in this case puja tables for use in Tibetan Buddhist prayer and chant practice. He lives and has the Karma Thegsum Choling dharma center in Ridgeland, Wisconsin. These photos show his process for building the sustainable puja tables that he donates […]Read more "Lama Tsultrim Yeshe: Building Sustainable Puja Tables From His Own Walnut Trees"