Hay River Karma Thegsum Chöling

N14085 Ct. Rd. V V
Ridgeland, WI 54763

New Visitors are welcome!

Phone: 715-949-1407
E-mail: yeshe@chibardun.net
Director: Lama Tsultrim Yeshe
Assistant Director: Amy Billman



We all have a spark of goodness in us, a powerful potential for developing warmth, openness, tenderness, sanity, and an incomparable sense of well-being and richness that cannot be approached by material or physical wealth and comfort.

- Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.


The Hay River Karma Kagyu Study Group was organized in 1997 as an affiliate center of KTD. Our purpose is to make available to all who are interested the teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. We are, in particular, a retreat center for the Nyungne practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. Our main teachers are The Seventeenth Karmapa, Ögyen Trinley Dorje and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. We are located in rural west central Wisconsin just outside of Ridgeland.

Monthly White Tara Practice
First Sunday of each month:
We chant White Tara here on a monthly basis for His Holiness the Karmapa, and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. It is a practice done to prolong life and increase vitality and health. In the past, we have done Medicine Buddha here, which is excellent for people who are sick. The White Tara is a little more inclusive in terms of the benefits. Both of these sadhanas can be done as an individual practice if you would like, as long as you have the empowerment, reading transmission, and instructions.

Weekly Practice Schedule
10:00 a.m.
On the first Sunday of the month we practice White Tara.

10:00 a.m.
The rest of the month our weekly practice alternates between shamatha meditation and Chenrezig practice. Please call for more information.

Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling

231 S. Grubb Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Center Phone: 614-228-6546
E-mail: info@columbusktc.org
Director: Erin Blue, eblue108@gmail.com
External site: www.columbusktc.org


The Columbus KTC offers a regular weekly schedule of meditation practice and classes open to the general public. Meditation instruction is available to everyone. Throughout the year, KTC hosts lamas and monks who give teachings and instructions on practice, and who offer the refuge ceremony for those who wish to practice formally as Buddhists.

For formal practitioners, the center also provides a schedule for special practices each week. The center features a large meditation room for group practice, and a traditional Tibetan Buddhist shrine. Books, incense, and other practice materials may also be obtained at the center.

The center is host to resident teacher Lama Kathy Wesley, a long-time student of KTC founder, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Lama Kathy was a member of the first group of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's students to complete a traditional three-year retreat at KTD's upstate New York retreat center, Karme Ling.

Weekly Practice Schedule
See the online detailed schedule for the upcoming week and more.


7:00 a.m.
Green Tara sadhana 


9:00 a.m. 
Medicine Buddha sadhana


10:00 a.m. 


10:00 a.m.
Introduction to Meditation (for new visitors) - Library


11:30 a.m.
Intermediate Studies in Tibetan Buddhism - Shrine room


11:30 a.m.
Beginning Tibetan Buddhism - Library


1:00 p.m.
Chenrezik sadhana



7:00 p.m.
Chenrezik sadhana. Everyone is invited.



7:00 p.m.
Chenrezik sadhana. Everyone is invited.


Second Saturday of the Month

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Practice workshop or retreat


Third Saturday of the Month

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ngondro group practice


Other Services: One-on-one meditation instruction by appointment, 100-volume library, bi-monthly newsletter. We also sponsor meditation seminars and practice weekends. Write for more information on our programs, or leave a message on the KTC answering machine.

Dallas Karma Thegsum Chöling

110 N Winnetka Ave.
Dallas TX 75208

Center phone: 214-948-3348
Director: Larry Keenan, l_keenan@earthlink.net, 214-948-5540
Assistant Director: Bruce Roe, bgroe2@juno.com, 214-941-8488
External site: www.ktcdallas.org


The Dallas KTC owns a large house in the Winnetka Heights Historic District of Oak Cliff, an old Dallas neighborhood. The house contains a 360 square foot shrine room, and the second floor is rented to members. We try to schedule 3-4 visits by lamas each year.

Classes for Newcomers
Week two: Life of the Buddha
Week Three: The 3 Vehicles
Week Four: Understanding Lineage
Week Five: Buddha Nature
Week Six: Starting a Daily Practice
Week Seven: Taking Refuge
Week Eight: Compassion Meditation

Week one: The Three Jewels
Week two: Life of the Buddha
Week Three: The 3 Vehicles
Week Four: Understanding Lineage
Week Five: Buddha Nature
Week Six: Starting a Daily Practice

Please contact the center for schedule details.

Weekly Practice Schedule


8:00 a.m.

Tara puja


9:00 a.m.
Shinay meditation instruction


9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Shinay meditation practice and dharma talk by Lama Dudjom Dorjee


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dharma class and beginners' class


First and Third Tuesdays

7:00 p.m.
Tibetan language study group



7:30 p.m.
Chenrezig puja, and dharma talk led by Lama Dudjom Dorjee

Indiana Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
C/o Linda Jennings
1316 Water St.
Indiana, PA 15701

Director: Linda Jennings jenningscello@yahoo.com
Phone number: (724) 349-9426
External website: Indiana County KTC


Welcome to Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Indiana County. The KTC was formally established in 2006, although we had been practicing and studying together as a study group for many years. Please contact us for more information.

Summer Weekly Practice Schedule

11:00 a.m. Chenrezik/Amitabha

Other times to practice can be arranged by calling Linda Jennings (see the phone number at the top of the page).

Erie Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
1132 West 9th St.
Erie, PA 16502
(This is NOT a meeting address.
For the meeting location, see below)

Director: Jim Hamilton, 814-452-4098
Email: eriektc@gmail.com
External web site: www.eriektc.org


Welcome to Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Erie! After several years of activate involvement as a study group, the KTC Erie has been established in December 2007.

Meeting location:
Plasha Yoga Studio
10 East 5th St.
Erie PA
side entrance, second floor.

We invite you to join us.

Weekly Practice Schedule

8:30 a.m.
Chenrezik practice.


9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Sitting meditation


10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Buddhist book study and discussion or short class and tonglen (sending and receiving meditation)


All are welcome. Sitting meditation instruction is available Please call ahead to arrange for this instruction.

Athens Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
47 Maple Wood Dr.
Athens, OH 45701

Director: Tom Erlewine, director@athensktc.org, 740-592-3193
External site: www.AthensKTC.org

Welcome to Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Athens. After over two years of activate involvement as a study group, the KTC Athens was established in October 2006.
We meet at 37 Ohio Street, in the building of the Factory Street Dance Studio. We invite you to join us (directions).

Weekly Practice Schedule
10 a.m.
Meditation and study of Tibetan Buddhism.

Our meetings include quiet meditation at 10:00, (40 minutes), then together we read and discuss material on Tibetan Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu tradition. Coffee, tea, and conversation are part of these mornings, too.

If you’re unfamiliar with meditation or Buddhism, that’s not a problem — we welcome newcomers and are happy to spend time with visitors to introduce these subjects and answer questions.

Piedmont Karma Thegsum Chöling

110 W. Main Street, Suite 2L
Carrboro, NC 27510

Director: John Mader
Contact: Betsy and Wes Dain, 919-968-9426
Email: piedmont.ktc.info@gmail.com
External site: www.piedmontktc.org

The Piedmont KTC (Karma Thegsum Choling) draws members from the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina including Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and Raleigh. Anyone interested in learning about meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, the Karma Kagyu lineage, or the KTC is encouraged to call or email. Detailed information about the center including upcoming special events is maintained at our web site. Also, please visit our website to find a map, directions, and parking tips.

Current Study Session:
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm, we gather to study teachings and meditations of interest to Buddhist practictioners. New participants are welcome at any time.

For a map or additional information, please visit our website at www.piedmontktc.org or call 968-9426.

Weekly Practice Schedule

We are pleased to offer individual instruction in the sadhana practices of Chenrezig and Amitabha.

10:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
Shamatha meditation

11:00 a.m.-Noon 

(first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month)

11:00 a.m.-Noon
Medicine Buddha (second Sunday of the month)

7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Meditation and Study Group


We are offering classes and other forms of study to present basic, clear principles of Tibetan Buddhism for beginners and long-time students.

Greenville Karma Thegsum Chöling

PO Box 4243
Greenville, NC 27836

Phone: 252-756-8315
Director: Bonnie Snyder, bsnyder@pcmh.com

Greenville KTC was founded by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1983. We have an active center and meet twice weekly for the purpose of meditation and study of Tibetan Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu tradition.

Weekly Practice Schedule

10:00 a.m.
Chenrezik, Amitabha, and Medicine Buddha Practice (Please call in advance for practice location.)

7:30-8:45 p.m.
Meditation and Study Group.


The Meditation and Study Group meets at the Unitarian Church, 131 Oakmont Drive, Greenville.

All are welcome. Meditation instruction is available.

Special events, such as meditation retreat weekends, are planned and held jointly with the Piedmont KTC. For more information about the center, call 252-756-8315.

Ashville Karma Thegsum Chöling

KTC Asheville
Tel (828) 231-8049
20 Battery Park Ave. suite 309
Asheville NC 28801

Practice schedule:

Introduction to Buddhism

Chenrezik and Amitabha sadhana

Medicine Buddha sadhana


Asheville KTC is located in the historic Flatiron building in beautiful downtown Asheville.

New York Karma Thegsum Chöling

P.O. Box 176
Times Square Station
New York, NY 10108

Phone: 212-580-9282
E-mail: nycktc@aol.com
Director: Jeanette DeFries

The New York City KTC was established in 1976 by The Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. We provide weekend seminars, weekday classes, and practice sessions in the evenings at various locations in Manhattan. In addition, we have established a series of introductory classes and special events celebrating the Buddhist holidays. Individual meditation instruction is provided by appointment.

For complete details on teachings by visiting lamas or to receive our monthly calendar of events, please contact us via e-mail or phone.


Weekly Practice Schedule

Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
Between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
New York NY
Take the elevator to the 12th floor and walk up one short flight to the Penthouse. Look for our sign on Room PH#4.

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Shamatha (sitting meditation) practice, study group using DVD and audio recordings of various Karma Kagyu teachers, Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhana practice on alternating weeks.
No cost for these sessions; donations to cover rent and other expenses gratefully accepted.

Individual meditation instruction and an introductory study program are available.

For additional details, including our regular weekly practice schedule on alternate Tuesdays, as well as upcoming visits by teachers, please email us at nycktc@aol.com or call us at 212 580 9282 and leave a voicemail for a return call.

See online schedule for weekly practice and upcoming events.

Albany Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
15 Dutch Village, Apt TC
Menands, NY 12204

Resident Lama: Lama Zopa
Director: Laura Roth, ktc.info@albanyktc.org, 518-434-7420
External site: www.albanyktc.org


Albany KTC Vajrayana Buddhist Center was established in 1979 by The Seventeenth Karmapa, Ögyen Trinley Dorje (1985), head of the Kagyu lineage, and is under the direction of Lama Zopa. It is located at the Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, New York. Our main practices are the Chenrezig/Amitabha Puja, Green Tara, and Guru Rinpoche. We also offer general meditation instruction and practice. We have regular teachings by Lama Zopa and visits from other qualified Kagyu lamas.


Weekly Practice Schedule

Sunday Mornings
9:00 a.m.
Chenrezig/Amitabha Puja


10:00 a.m.
Meditation Practice (Instruction available)


11:15 a.m.
Teaching by Lama Zopa or other program


Tueasday Evenings 
7:00 p.m.
First, Third, and fifth Tuesdays: Chenrezig/Amitabha puja


7:00 p.m.
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: Seven line prayer to Guru Rinpoche and Short Green Tara Puja


Thursday Evenings
7:00 p.m
Occasional advanced class, as announced.


Introduction to Buddhism program is offered once a month on a Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Albuquerque Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 30335
Albuquerque, NM 887190-0335

Voice mail: 505-343-0692
E-mail: info@abqktc.org
Director: Dr. Michael Fuller (2011)
External web site: www.abqktc.org

Our center is located at 139 La Plata NW, three blocks north of the intersection of Montano and 2nd Street. Throughout the year we host visiting lamas, whose presence and teachings bestow great blessings on all who meet and hear them. Please contact us for information on when lama visits are scheduled.


Weekly Practice Schedule

9:15 a.m.

6:30 p.m.
Discussion/Study Group

7:30 p.m.


Other practices done on a regular basis are Medicine Buddha and Green Tara, which require refuge and empowerment. Since the dates for these practices are regulated by the Tibetan lunar calendar, they change from month to month.

Classes are held after Chenrezik practice, with the exception of the first Sunday of the month. After practices, classes, and meditation, a question-and-answer session may be held if desired.

Please contact us for dates for the Medicine Buddha and Green Tara practices, and for class information.

Shamong Karma Thegsum Chöling

690 Atsion Road
Shamong, NJ 08088

Phone: 609-268-3341; Fax: 609-268-8501
E-mail: info@ktcnj.org
Resident lama: Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen
Directors: Lama Tsultrim
Lama Tsultrim, ktcnj@yahoo.com
External site: www.ktcnj.org


Karma Thegsum Choling New Jersey (KTC NJ) is a Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist center and the private residence in the United States for The Seventeenth Karmapa, Ögyen Trinley Dorje. This beautiful, peaceful, and secluded estate is composed of a mansion and 150 acres of land. Situated in Shamong, New Jersey, it was generously offered to the Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje by Mr. and Mrs. Lin in October 2001.

Karma Thegsum Choling New Jersey hosts Tibetan Buddhist teachings from Karma Kagyu lineage teachers at nearby hotel conference centers several times a year. The teachings are translated into both English and Chinese. KTC NJ also provides lamp offering and prayer services. Short-term retreats are available to KTC NJ members.

Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling

614 Miner Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734-761-7495
E-mail: aaktc@yahoo.com
Director: Pat Forsberg-Smith

Ann Arbor KTC was founded in 1978 by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche for the practice and promotion of Buddhism in the Tibetan Karma Kagyu tradition. Located in southeast Michigan, we have members and friends from the Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo areas.

Ann Arbor KTC regularly hosts Tibetan Buddhist masters who offer traditional teachings and the Refuge Vow for those who wish to formally adopt the Buddhist path.

The regular practices at the Ann Arbor KTC include silent sitting meditation, Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, Chenrezig and Amitabha. The center schedule is listed below.

All regular events are free of charge and are open to the general public.

Meditation instruction is available by appointment.

For information on any of our programs or activities, or if you wish to be placed on our e-mail list, please call the center at 734-761-7495 or e-mail aaktc@yahoo.com.


Weekly Practice Schedule

7:30 p.m.
Meditation and discussion


First Sunday of the Month
11:00 a.m. Medicine Buddha


Third Sunday of the Month

11:00 a.m. 
Green Tara


All other Sundays
11:00 a.m. 
Chenrezik and Amitabha


Wichita Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
8712 Parkmont Drive
Wichita, KS 67207

Director: Karen Graham ktcwichita@yahoo.com
Contact phone: 316 619-6981
External site: http://www.wichitaktc.org, http://www.facebook.com/KTCWichita


Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Wichita was founded in 1996 as a Karma Kagyu Study Group to create an authentic Tibetan Buddhist practice community in the Wichita area. We became a KTC in 2006.

We meet at Inner Works Holistic Health Center, 3425 W. Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67203. Events are held in basement meeting room, please take elevator or stairs to the lower level from the lobby. Anyone who is interested in practicing Buddhist meditation or learning more about Tibetan Buddhism is invited to join us. Please contact ktcwichita@yahoo.com for more information.

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. as follows: sitting meditation on 1st and 3rd weeks, Chenrezig Sadhana on 2nd and 4th weeks.
In addition, we host visiting teachers and offer other special programs throughout the year. Opportunities for one-on-one meditation instructions are available upon request.

Chicago Karma Thegsum Chöling

2100 S. Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

Phone: 708-652-9722
E-mail: director@chicagoktc.org
Director: Lama Sean Jones
Assistant Director: Tom Vencill
External site: www.chicagoktc.org

Chicago KTC was founded over twenty years ago after a visit of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Over the years we have had the honor to host many eminent lamas, averaging about two a year. We have a small but dedicated membership that practices regularly. Our membership includes a lama and number of senior students who are available to answer your questions and lend their support. Our building is two story with a lower apartment and upper soon-to-be lama suite. We have a large recently consecrated shrine which includes a 16 by 15 foot wall to ceiling shrine cabinet, housing 14 large rupas, one Buddha Sakyamuni and the Kangyur and Tengyur. It is decorated with many traditional thangkas, chrystal chandeliers, gyaltsens, banners and offerings. Our library has several hundred books which have been collected by members over the last twenty years. All our practice sessions are open to beginners and free of charge, so please stop by if you are in town. Free instruction in meditation is available by appointment.

Weekly Practice Schedule

Wednesday Evening Discussion Group
Led by senior students

7:00 p.m. 


7:30 p.m.
Current discussion: ask office@chicagoktc.org for current book we are reading


Sunday Regular Schedule:

9:30 a.m. 
Green Tara practice


10:00 a.m.

Shiney meditation


10:30 a.m.
Coffee brake


11:00 a.m.
Chenrezig and Amitabha practice


Resident Lama Sean Jones and senior students available by appointment for meditation instructions, guided Chenrezig and Medicine Buddha practices. Email office@chicagoktc.org for more info.

Tampa Bay Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 10186
Tampa, FL 33679

Location: 13515 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa , FL 33618 -2309
External site: www.ktctampa.org
Contact: tampaktc@gmail.com
or Cralle Hall, crallehall@mac.com
Co - Directors: Gwenn Hanner gwendr@gmail.com
David Grabau opgi_inc@yahoo.com

Tampa Bay KTC was founded in 1985 by the Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Under his guidance the practitioners of Tampa Bay KTC are committed to providing an appropriate situation for learning and practicing the traditions of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. KTC Tampa Bay has hosted many distinguished lamas of the Kagyu tradition. We meet Sunday mornings at 9:00 at Global Center for Integrative Health, 5701 N. Florida Ave, three blocks north of Hillsborough Ave., or at the Tampa Bay Karma Thegsum Choling Retreat Center, 13515 Lake Magdalene Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33618. Please contact us to confirm location before you come.

Weekly Practice Schedule
9:00 a.m.
Meditation practice


10:00 a.m.
Teaching video or audio tape


11:00 a.m. 
Vajrayana practice: 
Green Tara, White Tara, Chenrezik, or Medicine Buddha

The Tampa Bay KTC Retreat Center is also a private residence. Please contact the center in advance to confirm whether there will be a practice on any given Sunday.

Meditation instruction and practice available by appointment. Please email the center. Tampa Bay KTC bookstore has a large collection of notable titles related to the study of Buddhism in the Kagyu tradition, as well as many other hard-to-find practice materials, including study tapes, transcripts of teachings, pictures of lamas, large prints, malas (rosaries), Buddhist children's books and tapes, kathas (silk blessing scarfs), highest quality Tibetan incense, cards, and sadhana texts and tapes/CDs.

Jacksonville Karma Thegsum Chöling

1258 McDuff Avenue South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Phone: 904-357-0663
E-mail: info@ktcjax.org
Director: Michael Turnquist
External site: www.ktcjax.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ktcjax

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville was founded in August of 1986 by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Since that time KTC Jacksonville has hosted Rinpoches and lamas of the Karma Kagyu lineage for public talks and weekend seminars. The KTC has also presented ongoing classes on Buddhist theory during the group's regular meetings, while maintaining a strong practice environment. Regular group meetings emphasize meditation practice, and meditation instruction is available for new students who wish to participate.

Weekly Practice Schedule
7-8 p.m.
Sound and Shinay Meditation

Saturday Mornings
10:00 a.m. - noon
Chenrezik and Amithaba Sahdnas

These practice's are free of charge and open to the public.

Gainsville Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
1216 NW 9th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601

Phone: 352-335-1975
Resident teacher: Lama Losang (David Bole), dbole@bellsouth.net
Secretary: Suzanne Kragiel, suzanne.kragiel@gmail.com
External site: www.ktcgainesville.org

Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling was founded in 1988 by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Our resident teacher, Lama David Bole, leads our Sunday meetings. The center regularly hosts Tibetan Buddhist masters in the Karma Kagyu tradition. To receive information on these visits, join our e-mail list at suzanne.kragiel@gmail.com.

We meet at Gainesville KTC, 1216 NW 9th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Weekly Practice Schedule

11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Gainesville KTC, 1216 NW 9th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Meditation, dharma teachings, Chenrezig sadhana.
Visitors are welcome and meditation instruction is available.

6:45 pm
Traditional Acupuncture Center, 1216 NW 9th Ave, Gainesville
Lama Losang ( David Bole ) teaches a class "Following the Path of Dharma," using the text Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

New Milford Karma Thegsum Chöling

10 Vista Drive
New Milford, CT 06776

Phone: 860-350-8959
E-mail: tomadamsmail@aol.com
Director: Tom Adams

Welcome to the New Milford Karma Thegsum Choling. A weekly meditation and discussion group takes place at the home of Tom and Katherine Adams, 10 Vista Drive, New Milford, Connecticut. Meditation lasts for approximately one hour followed by a discussion of various topics on the Dharma. All are invited. If you wish to attend, please call Tom Adams at 860-350-8959 for directions.

Weekly Practice Schedule
7:30 p.m. Arrival time
7:45-8:45 p.m. Silent meditation
8:45-9:30 p.m. Dharma study and discussion. We are curently watching DVD teachings by Ponlop Rinpoche.

Also, a brief notice on our center guidelines: in order to help make our practice environment friendly to all participants, please do not wear any perfume or scented oils, hairsprays, soaps, shampoos, etc.

Hardford Karma Thegsum Chöling

157 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Phone: 860-232-8366
E-mail: HartfordKTC@aol.com
Directors: Kenneth Dusyn; Malou Dusyn

Hartford Karma Thegsum Choling is a place where authentic teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage are available to anyone who wants to benefit from the study of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. Established in 1997, we are one of the family of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study centers affiliated with Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. In addition to a weekly Tuesday evening practice and study group (see below), we host visits by several Tibetan Buddhist lamas and teachers each year.

Hartford Karma Thegsum Choling is located in the West End of Hartford on the corner of Whitney and Elizabeth Streets, across from Elizabeth Park.

Regularly scheduled Meetings, Practices and Instruction
Our regularly scheduled programs are offered free of charge and all are welcome.
Every Tuesday

7:00 p.m.
Meditation and Dharma Discussion

All are welcome to join for 30 minutes of shinay, or calm abiding meditation (in silence), followed by study and discussion of Buddhist meditation, practice and philosophy -- either in a discussion group or our Introduction to Buddhism classes. The discussion group reads aloud from a book by teachers trained and practicing within the Karma Kagyu lineage. There is a facilitator each week who introduces the book and helps facilitate discussion.

Our current cycle of the study and discussion focuses on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngulchu Thogme. We are alternating reading and discussion of H.H. Karmapa's book "Traveling the Path of Compassion" with the viewing of a DVD of teachings given by Lama Kathy Wesley on the same subject (recorded during her visit to HKTC in early 2010). In his book, the Karmapa divides the 37 verses into 17 chapters addressing such topics as renunciation, taming the mind, compassion and emptiness. As one reviewer said, "While there are many English translations and commentaries of Ngulchu Thogme's text, the Karmapa's commentary deserves attention for the elegance of his explanations. It's the work of a teacher whose impact will likely be felt for decades to come." Copies of the book are available for sale (at a discount) at HKTC.

Introduction to Buddhism
Newcomers welcome. Free meditation instruction and intro classes are available each week. Meditation instruction is offered at 7 p.m. in our classroom followed by the Introduction to Buddhism course at 7:30 p.m. Each week, a different topic is taught by one of our meditation instructors. Plenty of time is allowed for questions and discussion. The order of the classes in the month is as follows: 1st Tuesday, The Three Jewels; 2nd Tuesday, The Life of the Buddha; 3rd Tuesday, The Three Yanas; 4th Tuesday, Tibetan Buddhism and the Kagyu Lineage. If there is a 5th Tuesday it is used for open questions and answers. The four classes repeat each month and anyone is free to attend them in any sequence and more than once if they wish. Although not required, it is helpful to call ahead if you would like to attend the intro programs (860-232-8366).

Every Thursday
7:30 p.m. - 8:30
Chenrezik and Amitabha Practice

The traditional chanting practices of Chenrezig (bodhisattva of compassion) and Buddha Amitabha are performed in Tibetan. Everyone who has a desire to experience the development of compassion and loving kindness brought about by the practice of these fervent prayers is welcome to attend. You can participate in the chanting (the Tibetan text is transliterated into phonetic Tibetan as well as English) or simply come and sit during the practice. Refuge is not required.

Every other Sunday
10 a.m. - Noon
Green Tara Practice

Green Tara (female bodhisattva of compassion) is renowned as the wish-fulfilling deity for achieving swift enlightenment. She also acts as a strong protector against the obstacles, fears, anxieties, confusion and upheavals that exist in our every day lives and that we so strongly want to overcome and eliminate. Refuge is not required; all are welcome. Call ahead to check the schedule.

Stay Informed
Hartford KTC sends out announcements of special teachings and other activities. If you wish to be on our mailing list, please sign up at HartfordKTCemailsignup.

Santa Monica Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
5655 Bowesfield Street
Los Angeles CA 90016

Director: Daniel Kane, SantaMonicaKTC@gmail.com, 323-424-7894
External website: www.SantaMonicaKTC.org

Our center began its activity as a study group in July 2002 to provide access to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism for the local community. In September 2006, we have formally established the Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Santa Monica (501c3) In addition to our regular weekly practice, we host visits by lamas of the Karma Kagyu tradition.

Weekly Practice Schedule
Wednesday nights
Location: 1008 11th Street in Santa Monica Room #303 in Santa Monica
Time: 7pm - 8:45pm
The Practice will be led by Ani Sherab Khandro, a devoted practicioner of the Dharma and authorized umze (leader). No prerequisites. Parking: free subterranean parking across the street from the church between Washington Ave and California Ave.
Please contact us for schedule of visiting teachers in 2012
Please call regarding introductory classes and times.

Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang

Mailing address:
PO Box 39
Crestone, CO 81131

Director: Zoe de Bray, (719) 256-5933
Email: admin@kttg.org
External site: www.kttg.org

Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang is a meditation center and the site of a Tibetan Buddhist stupa (architectural rendering of the enlightened qualities of the Buddha) in Crestone, Colorado. We are fortunate to host many visiting lamas, and we maintain a regular practice schedule.

Retreat Cabins
KTTG has been proud to offer solitary retreats since 1995. Three retreat cabins, located near the Tashi Gomang Stupa, are in full operation all year around. Nestled into the foothills and a short walk to the Stupa, the retreat cabins are built on the sacred land chosen by the Sixteenth Karmapa, where they enjoy a sense of isolation with inspiring views of the San Luis Valley, as well as of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The retreat cabins are fully equipped to accommodate retreatants for short or long solitary retreats.
For additional information, email: retreats@kttg.org.

Santa Cruz Karma Thegsum Chöling

Mailing address:
122 Central Avenue
Capitola CA 95010

Phone: 831-479-4140 (leave message)
E-mail: ktcsantacruz@dewachen.org
Director: Zeinob Claire Burnham
Contact: Sandy Coca, sandyc@cruzio.com, 831-423-5539

The Santa Cruz KTC was established by the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje in 1976 for the listening, contemplation, and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Besides regular meetings, our center is visited by many lamas, including Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and Lama Namse Rinpoche.

The KTC shrine room in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains near Soquel is on privately owned land and is used and maintained by members. The beautiful interior and peaceful surroundings make our shrine room an ideal place for teachings and practice. Senior students teach an introductory course for inquirers as needed.

Another important outreach is Dzambhala Imports in Soquel, a retailer/wholesaler of Dharma goods, books, and Himalayan crafts. For more information on this service, call 408-479-4140.


Weekly Practice Schedule
7:30 p.m. - Ngondro practice for those completing the commitment

7:30 p.m. - Chenrezig/Amitabha puja

Once-a-month activities include Saturday shamata, one-day ngondro retreat, and three-hour work party to maintain the land and shrine room.