Public Talk: Compassion in Tough Times
Friday, July 29
7 – 8:30 p.m.
At the Hartford Mindfulness Center
645 Farmington Ave, Hartford
In a time when financial and energy resources seem to be dwindling, more wars appear to be breaking out, and tensions run high in families and communities, it’s hard to find one’s center and find a place of peace in a world of turmoil. The historical Buddha Shakyamuni shared strong advice for times like these: reach out and benefit others. This talk will discuss the meaning of his advice, and how we can apply it to our own lives in difficult times.
Please note that this event will take place at the Hartford Mindfulness Center at the address listed above, and not at the KTC! The remainder of the weekend events will take place at the KTC on Elizabeth St.
Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31
10:30 am – noon
2:30 – 4 pm
At Hartford KTC
157 Elizabeth St., Hartford
Actualizing the Compassion Within
We all possess compassion; it is an inherent part of our existence. But sometimes it’s difficult to tap into and actualize that compassion when we are surrounded by difficult circumstances, a world that is not in harmony, or having to make difficult choices. Through the practice of meditation, we can find and manifest that compassion; and through the practice of mantra, we can bring it into focus and make it a part of our daily life.
The weekend teachings will focus on quiet sitting meditation, compassion meditation and the practice of Chenrezik, the bodhisattva of compassion. With these three practices, we will find ways to actualize and increase that boundless compassion which lies within all of us, and use it for successfully applying it to whatever conditions, circumstances or surroundings we find ourselves in.
Saturday, July 30 – 4:30 PM
Suggested Donation: $20
The Refuge Vow is taken during a ceremony in which a person formally becomes a Buddhist. It represents our first turning away from the causes of suffering and directing our life toward a genuine spiritual path that can benefit ourselves and others. The Refuge Vow will be given at the Hartford KTC.
About Lama Kathy
Lama Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling Meditation Center as its resident teacher and travels to other Buddhist centers throughout the country to teach.
Lama Kathy has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of “retreat lama.” Lama Kathy has received numerous teachings and transmissions on these methods of meditation from H.H. Karmapa, Tai Situ Rinpoche, as well as Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and other beloved and accomplished lamas.
She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Michael.
Fees for this event: $100 for non-members and $90 for members (entire weekend). $25 for each session ($20 for members).
Advance registration is recommended; for a registration form click here.
Scholarships are available for those who are experiencing financial difficulties;
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Join Us for Dancing the Divine Feminine with Prema Dasara and Myri Dakini
Awakening the Inner Wisdom
Through the Practice of Tara, Mother of the Buddhas
The Hartford Mindfulness Center
645 Farmington Ave
Dancing Tara is a deeply devotional experience of powerful energies and awakenings. Dancing our prayers helps us to integrate all the aspects of our life’s experience into a spiritual journey. Dancing in the atmosphere of the enlightened feminine we use simple techniques that have powerful gifts. It is a joyful method of cultivating the tools we need to make the most of this human adventure.
Dancing the Divine Feminine is made up of three sessions. You may attend one, two or all three.
-Friday evening (7 – 9 p.m.) will be an introduction to the method and the view. We wake up the body mind, orienting our human journey towards realization and the light.
-Saturday morning (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) we explore the qualities of our awakened feminine nature, developing a close relationship with our inner being as the divine Goddess. We explore the power of mantra and mudra combined with mindful movement and meditation.
-Saturday afternoon (1:30 – 3 p.m.) we examine our inner commitment to awakening, letting go of whatever holds us back, our guilt and our fears, our confusion and doubt, dancing into the light. We generate abundance, increasing our wisdom, wealth, energy, compassion and skill, celebrating the gifts of our lives.
For more info and to register click here.
About Prema Dasara
Prema is an international teacher of sacred dance and dharma. She is the creator of profound dance practices that are a vehicle of empowerment, revealing within our dancing bodies the highest expression of wisdom and compassion. She is deeply committed to opening the door to the preciousness of our human potential. Integrating methods of Tibetan Buddhist mind training practices with her personal experience of many spiritual paths, she shares her insights with exceptional clarity and lightheartedness.
Prema is the Spiritual and Creative Director of Tara Dhatu, a non-profit organization formed to preserve the integrity of sacred dance practice with presently over 90 centers around the globe. Her work is timely and timeless, a bridge between eastern and western expressions of ancient wisdom, revealing the underlying power of spiritual energy to heal and transform oneself and the world.
Click here for more information about Prema.
About Myri Dakini Naves
Myri’s life has been dedicated to the art of dance. A Brazilian, she has been schooled in western and eastern traditions. She shares a profound method of working with the dancing body that works profoundly with the Tara Dance material. She is the Central Coordinator for Tara Dhatu South America and has dedicated her life to manifesting the highest spiritual ideals through the art of Sacred Dance.
We may believe that feelings—especially difficult ones such as anger, fear and desire—are obstacles on the path to awakening. But there are many wise masters who have said that feelings—especially the ones we try to avoid—open up the doorway to wisdom and compassion. In this one-day retreat, we will explore how our challenging feelings, emotions and obstacles can actually become a doorway to the deepest aims of our spiritual life. Drawing on the teachings of Lojong (heart-cultivation) and Mahamudra, we will explore how feelings can be worked with, metabolized and even taken into the heart of our practice.
Register for the event here.
About Lama Willa Miller, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Director
Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats. She has also practiced in the Shangpa and Nyingma lineages. She is editor, author and translator (respectively) of three books: The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (2012), Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (2009), and Essence of Ambrosia (2005). In 2013, she received a doctorate from Harvard University in Religion, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School.
December 11-13, 2015
Lama Karma Drodhul To Visit Hartford KTC!
Lama Karma Drodhul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal attendant and assistant. He became a monk when he was n*ine years old and at twenty received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in five years. Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the U. S. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first and in February 2008 his second traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He now is the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling. He travels to different centers to teach and is the author of Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Save the Dates!
Jim Scott returns to Tara Shedrup and Hartford KTC!
Join us for Jim’s weekend program, “Resting in Natural Awareness”.
Saturday, October 31:
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 1:
10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.
4:30 – 5 or 5:30 p.m. – Sadhana of Mahamudra Practice Reading Transmission (Required for the Sadhana of Mahamudra Practice. Requirements to be announced by Jim during the weekend).
5:30 -7:30 p.m. – Sadhana of Mahamudra Tsok (Feast) Practice
About the Program
We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to host a weekend teaching with Jim Scott. The discussion will focus on questions like, “What is natural awareness?” “What good is it and why do it?” “And how do you do it?” These are questions raised throughout the tradition originating with the Buddha, but are worded in this fashion in context with the third turning of the wheel of Dharma which embraces the practices presented in Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, renowned yogi and scholar through his profound realization and complete embodiment within his own person, along with his playful technique of bringing this alive in others, has provided the material required for dealing skillfully with the above questions. Jim Scott has been actively interfacing with that material as a student of Khenpo Rinpoche since Rinpoche first brought his teachings to the West in 1977.
The program will involve looking at the words in the songs of realization written by the masters … and yes, also singing those songs. Special attention will be devoted to songs by Khenpo Rinpoche that provide a basis for Mahamudra. And we will revisit Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s Mahamudra Aspiration with a view to tapping into the clear relaxed confidence which is natural awareness.
The weekend event is open to all.
$100 / $85 – non-members / members – all weekend (5 sessions)
$25 / $20 – non-members / members – per single session
Click on the link below for the registration form:
About Jim Scott:
Jim Scott’s life has, from its earliest years, been dedicated to the pursuit of the contemplative life, originally as a Christian monk in a Trappist monastery, then as a student of philosophy at St. John’s College, and finally as a student and practitioner of the Kagyu lineage by following Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche around the globe of this earth for some thirty years.
When Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche first came to the West in 1977, at the request and in the company of His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (the 16th Karmapa), Jim was fortunate to be in the original group of students that received and followed Rinpoche.
At H.H. Karmapa’s bidding, Rinpoche started and taught the first Kagyu Shedra for westerners with the intention, as expressed by H.H., to provide westerners with the same basic formal education in the classical Indian and Tibetan texts of Buddhadharma as was taught in Tibet; and also to train translators who could then be instrumental in communicating those teachings in Dharma centers springing up around Western Europe, North America and the rest of the world.
Everyone who has had the good fortune of meeting Khenpo Tsultrim knows that a special feature of his blessing transmission was his expression of the teachings in song. Jim Scott played a central role in making this possible in the English language. Jim’s dearest wish, then, is to do whatever he can to help fulfill Rinpoche’s vision of song as a path to the awakening of the heart.
Join us for another event with Jim Scott November 3
An Evening with Jim Scott
Singing Songs of Milarepa
Tuesday, November 3rd
7 – 9 p.m.
In conjunction with our present book study on The Life Of Milarepa, Jim will introduce a few songs of realization by Milarepa along with their melodies. An explanation on their meaning will then follow.
We welcome all of you to attend to learn a few songs of realization as practiced by Milarepa himself.
Cost: Donate what you can! – Your generous contributions to this event will help support the digitization project of Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche’s teachings in the West from 1977 to the present date.
Prayers for Nepal
Live Webcast at Hartford KTC
May 15 – 17, 2015
The Purification Practice of Nyungne, Part I
A note from Sandy Hu, KTC Coordinator at KTD Monastery:Dear Friends,
5/15 – 5/17
Evening: 7:00-8:30 pm EDTSaturday – 5/16
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDT
Afternoon: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT Sunday – 5/17
Morning: 10:30 a.m.-noon EDT
Afternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT
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