• "While we are sitting in meditation, we are simply exploring humanity and all of creation in the form of ourselves." Pema Chödrön, from "The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness"
  • "The Lion's Roar is the fearless proclamation that any state of mind, including the emotions, is a workable situation, a reminder of the practice of meditation." Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from "The Myth of Freedom"
  • "Full awakening, or enlightenment, is possible for every living being who sincerely engages in practice." 17th Karmapa, "Music in the Sky" © 2003 Michele Martin
  • "If we are to follow the Mahayana path, we need to develop an attitude of caring and compassion, because unless we care for others, our development cannot proceed." Venerable Traleg Kyabgon, from "The Essence of Buddhism"
  • "To transform our joys and happiness into spiritual practice, we must think that we do not keep them for ourselves, but dedicate them to the happiness of others." Bokar Rinpoche, from "The Day of a Buddhist Practitioner"

Welcome to Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling (GKTC)

A Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center


Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling (GKTC) is a Buddhist meditation and practice center in the Tibetan Karma Kagyu tradition, led by resident teacher, Lama Losang (David Bole).

We are an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American home of His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.

Our Center

At GKTC, you will hear teachings from an unbroken lineage that emphasize the practice of compassion and meditation. We teach techniques to work with body, speech, and mind to awaken you to your true nature—your enlightened heart.

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.

Meeting Schedule

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. 

  • 9:30 am: Silent Meditation
  • 10 am: Beginner Buddhism Class
  • 11 am: Dharma talk and practice

Our current Dharma Reading is:     “Dharma Paths” by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

About Us

Founded in 1988 after a visit from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, what began as a study group has evolved into Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling.

About GKTC

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.

Read more about Kagyu Lineage History

Kagyu Teachers

Teachings from an unbroken lineage that emphasize the practice of compassion and meditation.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

khenpo_karthar_rinpochGKTC 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.

Lama Losang

lama_losangResident teacher, Lama Losang, leads our weekly meetings. A fully ordained monk, Lama Losang 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


Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Losang share a moment at KTD, December 2013

Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Losang share a moment at KTD, December 2013


Lamas attend Vajrayogini Drupchod








A visit from Lama Kathy



Introduction to Buddhism Class

This free continuing series of classes 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.

Class 1- The Three Jewels.

Class 2- Life of the Buddha.

Class 3- The Three Vehicles.

Class 4- Understanding Lineage.

Class 5- Buddha Nature

Class 6- Starting a Daily Practice

Class 7- Taking Refuge

Class 8- Compassion Meditation

Lama Losang holds additional evening classes at 1216 NW 9th Ave. Please contact lama@ktcgainesville.org for topic and availability.

Please see www.davidbole.com for Tai Chi, Meditation and SMART – Stress Management and Relaxation Training.

Upcoming Events


Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche



Karma Kagyu Events

Karma Triayana Dharmachakra (KTD) annual 10 day teaching and auction is coming up. For more information, please click here.

For more information about ongoing Buddhist teachings at Karma Triayana Dharmachakra by our Karma Kagyu meditation masters, please see visit: KTD Schedule.



Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling brings Kagyu teachers here on a regular basis to give instruction and empowerments. See our NEWS page to learn of any upcoming visits. 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 Losang 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 Losang (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.

Learn about Tibetan Buddhism

Please click the image of Lama Losang below to view his YouTube video “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditation“. The video will automatically open in a new tab/window on your browser.


Recommended readings

Dharma Paths Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Reflections on a Mountain Lake Ani Tenzin Palmo
Wisdom of No Escape Pema Chödrön
The Myth of Freedom Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Joy of Living Mingyur Rinpoche

Live Webcasts - also visit www.karmapa.net

Karmapa teaching

His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa

Current Teachings

Our current Dharma Reading is “Dharma Paths” by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Upcoming Teachings

Upcoming teachings information coming soon!




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.

What to expect


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.

Sign up for notices

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.




Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

North American Seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa


Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
335 Meads Mountain Road
Woodstock, NY 12498, USA

Email: office@kagyu.org
Telephone: 1.845.679.5906
Fax: 1.845.679.4625

Learn more about KTD


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