At Hartford KTC, we are proud to offer a variety of ongoing classes, special events and weekly meditation practice. Our classes and events are open to all. Join us!
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Save the Date for these Special Events
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 4 pm
His Holiness the Karmapa To Visit CT!
His Holiness the Karmapa will speak at Yale University Tuesday, April 7 at 4 pm. The lecture is called “Compassion in Action—Buddhism and the Environment: a conversation with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information on venue and ticketing, please visit chubbfellowship.org.
Friday June 26 to Sunday June 28
Lama Kathy Wesley Returns to Hartford KTC!
More details on this event are forthcoming.
Lama Tashi Dondup Returns to Hartford KTC!
We are delighted to announce that Lama Tashi Dondup, from Toronto, Canada, will be returning to Hartford KTC to complete his teachings on the subject of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s “Creation and Completion” as presented in Khechen Thrangu Rinpoche’s book by the same title.
The date of Lama Tashi’s visit may take place in the fall. We hope to have an update soon.
The Sun of Wisdom Class
We are happy to continue our study of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso’s The Sun of Wisdom with Christoph Klonk. The Sun of Wisdom is Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso’s commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, composed to help dharma practitioners understand the Buddha’s profound and vast teachings on emptiness. Using Nagarjuna’s root text and the modern master Ju Mipham’s commentary as a framework, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s book explains the most important verses from each chapter in the text. He uses a style for contemporary students that illuminates both the meaning of these profound teachings and how to put them into practice in a way that benefits both oneself and others.
Donations to Christoph Klonk and/or Hartford KTC will be warmly appreciated.
Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness Class
Christoph Klonk will continue to lead us in a series of classes in the study, and contemplation of Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s book: The Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness. Please join us. All are welcome!
In this teaching Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche presents the main schools of Buddhist philosophy with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality. However, it is not just a teaching on the view but a presentation providing the student the means to realize it through meditation practice. The idea of a series of meditation practices on a particular aspect of the Buddha’s teachings is that by beginning with one’s first rather coarse commonsense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined stages until one arrives at complete and perfect understanding. Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one’s understanding through the meditation process.
This event is jointly sponsored by Hartford KTC and Tara Shedrup. Donations to Christoph Klonk and/or Hartford KTC will be warmly appreciated.
Tuesdays, 7 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.
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
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).
Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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.
Please join us next time for these great events!
KTC Annual Losar Celebration and Talent Night
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Hartford KTC will be observing its annual Losar celebration in place of its regularly scheduled Chenrezig and Amitabha practice on Thursday, February 19th. This is an open social event.
Please join the Hartford KTC community of practitioners, friends, and family for this joyful occasion at Losar, Tibetan New Year, Vegetarian Potluck Dinner, and Talent Night celebration to usher in the Year of the Wood Sheep!
We’ll begin the evening at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the Prayer for Auspiciousness, and the King of Aspiration Liturgy followed by a short period of meditation. Then, we’ll dig in to a Vegetarian Pot Luck Dinner. It’s an open house and everyone is invited to attend and share your culinary delights.
After dinner, we’ll enjoy conversation, and presentation of talent – music, dance, and art by Adele, Steve, Lita, Aaron, Jesa, Jeff, and Ken. If you’d like to offer a song, music, or stories for the festivities, please e-mail Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call HKTC at 860-232-8366.
Working Through Grief and Loss: A Practical Approach
We all experience different types of loss and grief in our lives. It could be the death of someone close to us-a family member or friend. It could be losing a job, a partner, your home, your retirement savings-all of which can result in fear, grief or anger. Many of us suffer intensely from traumatic experience: our childhood lost through abuse, being a victim of violence, and many other forms of pain and trauma.
This retreat focuses on calming our mind and reducing emotional pain through working with our mind and emotions. We work with our mind by using practical techniques that emphasize mindfulness, seeing more clearly, and understanding ourselves better. The practical techniques include teachings, sitting and walking meditation, guided meditation, and private talks (if desired) with the teacher.
If we do not deal with the loss, trauma and resulting pain that we have experienced, our mind may fall into destructive patterns that can last for a life time. These destructive patterns only increase the original pain. It is said that it takes time to heal from trauma but it takes more than time: it takes effort, skill and wisdom.
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