In many ways, I have become a chaplain as a result of the deaths of my first three teachers on the Dharma Path: Ani Zangmo (a Sikkimese nun who was my first teacher), Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, and Kyabje Pathing Rinpoche. There is something very firmly rooted in the Buddhist tradition about how difficulties, […]Read more "I have become a chaplain as a result of the deaths of my first three teachers"
Have you ever wondered what a Weekend Retreat at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery might be like? Well, these days, a retreat at KTD might include meditation, chanting – and Himalayan yoga, a walk in the woods, and even coloring sacred forms! Below, we write about KTD retreats through a description of the recent “Chenrezik, […]Read more "AN INTRODUCTION TO KTD WEEKEND RETREATS: MEDITATION AND ACTIVITY!"
KTC Live Webcast – April 1-3, 2016, at KTD “Like a family member who returns and tells the rest of their family about their adventures while away,” Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche began his weekend teaching on the teacher-student relationship by bringing the KTD family into his warm heart as he told, with characteristic humility, the story of […]Read more "Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: The Teacher and Student Relationship"
This retreat is an opportunity for practitioners in the Karma Kagyu tradition to learn short, simple, profound practices they can do to help themselves and others grow spiritually through the experiences of impermanence, sickness, and death. It is also an opportunity to become deeply acquainted with the view that supports those practices. The leaders for […]Read more "Compassion at the Time of Illness and Death, at KTD August 5-10, 2016"
— Michael Erlewine Sometimes I hear talk about a secular Buddhism, a Buddhism without spiritual overtones. There are many forms or types of Buddhism, but they all refer to the same Dharma. I can see that such a secular-style Buddhism will arise, but never a secular dharma. Dharma is already as secular as it can […]Read more "Are you devotional?"
On April 22-24 KTD held a weekend celebration of Earth Day. We began on Friday evening by watching the documentary “FLOW: For the Love of Water,” about the worldwide water crisis. The film opened our eyes to the global struggle for clean water, and the reasons why so many people do not have access to […]Read more "Earth Day at KTD, 2016"
Students from all over the United Statescame to KTD in mid-March to learn the Guru Sadhana of Karma Pakshi, the 2nd Karmapa, at the annual Karma Pakshi Retreat. For these students, years of study and practice of the Mahamudra Ngöndro – finishing their 100,000 prostrations, 100,000 purification mantras, 100,000 mandala offerings and 100,000 to 200,000 […]Read more "After the Mahamudra Ngöndro: Karma Pakshi Training at KTD"