KTC DALLAS was begun in the late 1980s by a group of local individuals with an interest in meditation and Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
Weekly group practice was conducted in members’ homes or rented commercial space. From time to time the group would sponsor visits by Lamas of the Karma Kagyu lineage, most especially the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery, Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Above: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD)
It was Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche who authorized the formation of KTC Dallas as an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. KTC Dallas was formally incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit in the State of Texas in 1990.
In 1990 the center also purchased its own building in a residential neighborhood in north Oak Cliff. (This building was sold in 2012, as it no longer served our needs.) KTC Dallas has enjoyed a stable and growing membership base, currently around 130 members. The purpose of the organization is to provide a place for the teachings of the Dharma, and of the Karma Kagyu lineage in particular, to take root in this part of the world. We still host visiting teachers, while our resident teacher Lama Dudjom Dorjee oversees regular weekly events and many special teachings and retreats.
KTC Dallas is a member-funded nonprofit, with no financial assistance from outside entities.
Most organizational and administrative work is performed by members on a volunteer basis.
See here for the weekly schedule of newcomer classes, sadhana practice, and other activities.
In 1998 we were joined in Dallas by our current resident teacher, the Venerable Lama Dudjom Dorjee. Lama Dorjee had previously taught in Santa Cruz, CA. We are delighted to make the teaching and spiritual guidance of Lama Dorjee available to the local and regional community.
Above: Lama Dudjom Dorjee, Resident Teacher of Karma Thegsum Choling Dallas
In June of 2009, the Sunday meeting was moved to the Dallas Yoga Center. We benefited greatly by having space to grow into, with adequate parking for visitors and regular attendees.
It became increasingly evident that our need for a public meeting place was no longer compatible with the residential character of our then current property, so it was placed on the market and sold on October 2nd, 2012.
In July of 2013 the KTC purchased two acres of land with two buildings on it in Irving, Texas. On October 11th we received the Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Irving and have now moved into our new home. Visit us there any Sunday at 9:30 am!