Free Beginner Class: ”Introduction to Buddhism”
This free series of classes are taught every Sunday starting @ 10:00 A.M. There is no charge or registration for these classes and they stand alone and need not be taken in sequence.
Visitors are always welcome at GKTC.
Every Sunday, our meetings include a short sitting meditation with instruction, dharma readings and discussion, and prayer practices in Tibetan and English. These practices awaken the energy of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the Buddha of Boundless Light in our daily lives.
Our current Dharma Reading is: “Dharma Paths” by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Since this time, GKTC has met weekly for dharma study and practice. We offer a traditional Tibetan Buddhist program, plus an informal discussion format. The Tibetan name for our group “Karma Thegsum (pronounced Tegsum) Chöling” roughly means “place of dharma teaching” with Karma referring to our lineage name of Karma Kagyu. We hope you will enjoy our “sangha,” or community of practitoners.
The Karma Kagyu Lineage
The Karma Kagyu is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and traces its origins in an unbroken line to the historical Buddha of our age. The tradition emphasizes practice – not only learning about Buddhist concepts, but also putting the teachings into action, both on the cushion and in daily life.The teachings include the three vehicles, or yanas, of the Buddhist path as it was taught in Tibet: the smaller vehicle of Hinayana, the greater vehicle of Mahayana, and the Vajrayana, a form of the Mahayana that holds to the bodhisattva ideal and offers powerful techniques that can lead to enlightenment in one lifetime.
GKTC is under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in Woodstock, NY, the North American seat of His Holiness Karmapa.
Resident teacher, Lama Losang, leads our weekly meetings. A fully ordained monk, Lama David completed the traditional Kagyu three-year retreat at Karme Ling in 2004. Since then he has had a full teaching schedule in centers around the country
Introduction to Buddhism Class
This free continuing series of classes taught by Greg Jones is taught every Sunday for a total of 8 classes. There is no charge or registration for this series. Classes are from 10:00 AM until 10:50 AM. In addition, there is a sitting meditation from 09:30 AM until 09:50 AM every Sunday.
Lama Losang holds additional evening classes at 1216 NW 9th Ave. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for topic and availability.
Please see www.davidbole.com for Tai Chi, Meditation and SMART – Stress Management and Relaxation Training.
First Light celebration Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.
Khenpo Karthar Rimpoche Video Teaching Weekend - January 17th-19th, 2014.
Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling brings Kagyu teachers here on a regular basis to give instruction and empowerments. See our Current Teaching to learn of any upcoming teachings. Our home monastery, KTD, posts transcripts and video teachings which are available at www.kagyu.org.
Our Sunday meeting includes meditation with instruction, Tibetan prayers, and readings from Buddhist texts, with commentary by Lama Losang (David Bole). In addition to being a Karma Kagyu lineage teacher, Lama Losag is also an Acupuncture Physician with a Doctorate in Psychology, and lectures and conducts workshops around the country. Visit Lama Losang’s website.
Video teaching:” Introduction to Buddhism”
Lama David Bole covers the basics of Tibetan Buddhism with warmth, humor, and clarity in a weekend of introductory teachings given at KTD. Set of five talks on four DVDs.
Support of our program enables us to bring in well known teachers and provide space and study materials for sangha gatherings – Membership Form.
GKTC is supported by a membership of individuals who pay dues quarterly or yearly. More than half of each person’s dues are submitted to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra to support the extensive teaching schedule that the monastery offers.
As a benefit of membership,you will receive a reduced price at KTD teachings, and a 10% discount on all purchases at the KTD bookstore. Purchases through Namse Bangdzo earn GKTC a commission, so thank you in advance should you order texts or study materials using the above link.
Our resident Lama and all board members serve in voluntary positions.
We welcome you to our weekly practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Here are basic guidelines in shrine room etiquette.
• Shoes and hats are removed before entering the shrine room.
• Bowing or prostrating is often done. This is not necessary for beginners.
• It is customary not to sit with the legs outstretched and the soles of the feet pointing to the shrine or lama, as this is a sign of disrespect.
• Dharma books & folios should not be put directly on the floor, and please try not to step over them.
To be informed of visiting teachers and changes or cancellations to our weekly schedule, please enter your email address on the Contact form at the bottom of this page.