Billie’s Bodhgaya: Billie Luque Arias Makes Pilgrimage to KTD from Caracas, Venezuela

Billie Luque Arias stands in the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra entranceway.

Before the 2010 Monlam, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche called KTD “the Bodhgaya of America,” and said it was a holy place of pilgrimage we could visit right here in the USA. Billie Luque Arias visited us from Caracas, Venezuela, where she is a member of  KTC Caracas.

Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin; photo by Billie Luque Arias

My visit to the KTD monastery in Woodstock was a joyful experience. I received many meditations and daily practices and the teaching on the Heart Sutra & Emptiness by Lama Dudjom Dorjee. I was welcomed with warm hearts by all the KTD team… Thank you to everyone, especially to Ven.  Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin at KTD who made my visit so full of Dharma. For me this sacred blessed monastery is one of the most special pilgrimage sites in the world. .…Karmapa Chenno!


Billie with KTD Director of Operations Linda Patrik.

Mi visita al monasterio KTD en Woodstock fue una experiencia maravillosa. Realizamos muchas meditaciones y prácticas diarias de Tara, Mahakala y Chenrezig y la enseñanza del Sutra del Corazón y el Vacío por parte de Lama Dudjom Dorjee. Me recibieron con cálidos corazones por parte de todo el equipo KTD … ¡Gracias a todos, especialmente a Ven. Khenpo Tenzin Ugyen en el KTD,  quienes hicieron que mi visita estuviese tan plena de Dharma. Este sagrado y bendito monasterio, es uno de los más especiales sitios de peregrinación. …Karmapa Chenno!

— Billie Luque Arias

Here is Billie’s slideshow of her visit.

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