Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

KARMA TRIYANA DHARMACHAKRA (KTD) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery beautifully situated in the heart of the Catskill Mountains above Woodstock, New York. It is the North American monastic seat of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

KTD is a retreat center where students study and practice Tibetan Buddhism as taught by its distinguished resident lamas, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin as well as many visiting Kagyu teachers.

KTD has an international network of local practice centers known as Karma Thegsum Chölings (KTCs), which are under its direct spiritual guidance.

If you are interested in attending teachings or visiting the monastery, the page on this site titled Visiting should be quite useful. Also, in order to make your visit comfortable, you might want to familiarize yourself with Dharma Etiquette before you arrive.

The monastery offers celebrations of Tibetan and Buddhist holidays such as Losar, the Tibetan New Year where festivities take on a week long schedule. Many Tibetan masters such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Sakya Trizin visit Karma Triyana Dharmachakra giving lectures, blessings and performing ceremonies. Buddhist and non-Buddhists alike visit the monastery appreciating the Dharma message of respect between all religious traditions and peoples. In addition, the main shrine room was used for three scenes of Martin Scorsese's Academy Award nominated film Kundun, about the life of the present Dalai Lama. 

The monastery offers two Public Tours each week for visitors from around the world. Programs are held on most week-ends year round, and are open to whoever is interested in discovering more about the Buddha's teachings on wisdom and compassion. The teachings range from introductory presentations, including Tibetan language and music, to instruction in advanced Tibetan Buddhist (Vajrayana) practices. Many of the teachings are open to the public; please check the current schedule for up-to-date information.

May limitless beings be benefited by KTD’s continual effort to teach the Buddhadharma, and preserve the Tibetan religion, arts and culture.