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.