Visit!

Visit us at our Meditation Center in Irving, Texas, Sundays at 9:30am.

KTC Dallas June 2017

The Sunday meeting at the KTC in Irving is our main weekly event open to the public. Newcomers are most welcome, and meditation instruction is available upon request.  There is no charge for the teaching. If you would like to make a donation, there is an opportunity during announcements after the talk.

Sunday Schedule here. 

We are so fortunate to have Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche teaching here in Dallas. Rinpoche is our resident lama and spiritual guide.

Listen to a podcast from his Sunday teachings here.

Map here.  We are just off O’Connor Road south of 183, directly across from the  Irving High School track.

Good places to eat lunch close by.

Visiting from out of town? Lodging close to the KTC here.

What to Wear for Meditation  Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for sitting cross-legged on cushions. Short-shorts, short skirts and tank tops are discouraged. Note: We also have chairs for sitting, so feel free to use them during your visit!

Questions? E-Mail us here

This slideshow from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 2014 visit says a lot about us.

 

KTC Dallas

Karma Thegsum Choling Dallas (KTC Dallas) became an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in 1990, as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit in the State of Texas. A study group had met informally in living rooms and rented spaces since the late 1980’s.

KTD is the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lama Dudjom Dorjee and the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

In 1998 we were joined in Dallas by Venerable Lama Dudjom Dorjee, teacher and author.  We are both honored and delighted to make the teaching and spiritual guidance of Lama Dorjee available to the local and regional community. Check out one of his teachings via podcast here.

A more thorough history of our KTC Center can be found here, as well as the history of the annual “Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen” Bluebunny Retreat, here. Also there is the independent but deeply affiliated Dawa Dolma Meditation Center in Denton led by Dawa Sangmu of Juliet’s Jewels in Denton, Texas.

Events

We make every effort to keep the schedule of upcoming events up to date, but events do change, sometimes at the last minute. Unless otherwise specified, all events below take place at the KTC Center, 1000 Armeda Avenue Irving, Texas 75061. See map.

Day-long retreats are usually 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, with a two-hour break at noon. Usually a detailed flyer is e-mailed prior to KTC retreats. Get on the KTC email list here.

Upcoming Highlights

 

Tara Month  Starts Sunday, December 17.

Sunday, December 17 – Sadhana 8:30 – 9am; best audiotape on the practice, by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. Great stories and powerpoint visuals.
Sunday, December 24 – Sadhana 8:30 – 9am; instructional video on the practice, by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche.
Sunday, December 31 – Sadhana 8:30 – 9am; Power point with the best bits from our Tara books, with collected images of the mother.
Sunday, January 7 – Sadhana 8:30 – 9am; Power point II with the best bits from our Tara books, with collected images of the mother.


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  • Chenrezik Practice

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    11-02-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Weekly Chenrezik Sadhana Practice. Open to students with Refuge and/or permission from Lama Dudjom Dorjee.

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  • Public Program

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    11-05-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Doors open at 9:00am; coffee, tea and snacks available. Meditation begins at 9:30am, and Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching begins at 10:00am. If Lama Dudjom Dorjee for some reason is not available we will have an alternate program.

     

  • Public Program

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    11-05-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Doors open at 9:00am; coffee, tea and snacks available. Meditation begins at 9:30am, and Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching begins at 10:00am. If Lama Dudjom Dorjee for some reason is not available we will have an alternate program.

     

  • Eighth Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Class

    11:20 am-12:20 pm
    11-05-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Class
    Eight Classes, offered each Sunday, For eight weeks.

    The course will generally follow Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book Dharma Paths, and it would be beneficial for you to have this book.

    Our mission is to introduce you to Buddhism, specifically Tibetan Buddhism; the stages of the path, the main practices, and the goal.

    You may pay for the series per class; $5 suggested donation. A link to pay for the whole thing online will be available soon.

    The class will start about 20 minutes after Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche’s Sunday morning teaching concludes, and will be one hour long. Approximately 11:20am-12:20pm.

    Anyone who has taken an Intro/Newcomer Class before
    is more than welcome to join the class gratis,
    as is any KTC Member.

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    SCHEDULE

    Class 1: September 10
    Energetic aspects of the Vairocana posture,
    Overview of the entire course

    Class 2: September 17
    Buddha’s life, the Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Refuge and Precepts / Vows.

    Class 3: September 24
    The Six Realms and the Wheel of Life

    Class 4: October 1
    Introduction to Relative and Absolute Truth, Bodhicitta

    Class 5: October 8
    The Six Perfections

    Class 6: October 15
    The Six Perfections Continued

    Sunday, October 22 – Lama Rinpoche at KTD. No class.

    Class 7: October 29
    Perfection of Wisdom – EMPTINESS

    Class 8: November 5
    Stages of the Path and Three Vehicles

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    Course Text: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book Dharma Paths

    Dharma Paths, the first book of teachings by one of the most highly respected lamas in North America, is a broad and in depth introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

    It cuts through the complexity of the Tibetan tradition, revealing a flexible approach based on our individual capacities. Without assuming an academic background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Dharma Paths presents both …[Read more]

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  • Chenrezik Practice

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    11-09-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Weekly Chenrezik Sadhana Practice. Open to students with Refuge and/or permission from Lama Dudjom Dorjee.

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  • Family Day with Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche

    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    11-11-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Family Day features a teaching by Lama Dudjom Dorjee. Here is the typical schedule:

    KTC FAMILY DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

    10:00 
    Gathering time and dharma craft activity

    11:00 
    Family Yoga

    11:30 
    Ven. Lama D. Dorjee Rinpoche teaches

    12:00 
    Vegetarian potluck lunch

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  • 4th Anniversary Celebration

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    11-12-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    The KTC has been in Irving for Four Years! Come and help us commemorate the Anniversary. Doors open at 9:00am; coffee, tea and snacks available. Meditation begins at 9:30am, and the festivities, including a talk by Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche, begins at 10:00am, leading to taking a group photo and  pot-luck lunch.

    Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche loves to take a nice big group photo at these times, and always tells us the same mantra: DRESS NICE.

    Look forward to seeing you there!

     

     

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  • Chenrezik Practice

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    11-16-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Weekly Chenrezik Sadhana Practice. Open to students with Refuge and/or permission from Lama Dudjom Dorjee.

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  • Lama Dudjom Dorjee at Dawa Dolma Center in Denton

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
    11-18-17

    The Dawa Dolma Meditation Center in Denton, Texas is in the back of Dawa Sangmu’s import store, “Juliet’s Jewels” 

    Dawa Sangmu is a close student of Lama Dudjom Dorjee, and has a long and close connection to the KTC in Dallas. For fifteen years Dawa has held an open house and Dharma talk in November, introducing Lama Dudjom Dorjee to the Denton area, and she hosts day-long Saturday teachings at intervals throughout the year.

    Contact information: 940-566-5005, Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm, Juliet’s Jewel’s store hours.

    More about the Dawa Dolma Meditation Center here.

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  • Public Program / Nyungne Intro Class

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    11-19-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Doors open at 9:00am; coffee, tea and snacks available. Meditation begins at 9:30am, and Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching begins at 10:00am. If Lama Dudjom Dorjee for some reason is not available we will have an alternate program.

    A Nyungne Intro Class will be taught for anyone doing their first Nyungne November 25-27. This is mandatory for first-time Nyungne practitioners.

    For more about the Nyungne, go to this link.

     

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  • Thanksgiving Chod for the Turkeys

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    11-23-17

    Every Thanksgiving for many years, Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche does the Chod Practice for all the many millions of turkeys killed on the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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  • Thanksgiving Nyungne: Intro Talk

    7:30 pm-9:00 pm
    11-24-17

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    khenpo karthar rinpoche

    Many resources on the Nyungne Retreats here.

    The Nyungne retreat is a Tibetan Buddhist practice designed to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. It involves two and a half days of practice with the strict keeping of vows (a day and a half of complete fasting from food and drink), the generation of the Bodhisattva attitude, and the recitation of the sadhana of the 1000-arm form of Chenrezik, Bodhisattva of compassion.

    Lama Dudjom Dorjee has led the Dallas Sangha in an average of four Nyungnes a year since his first Dallas Nyungne in May 1999 – our group goal is to do 108 Nyungnes in our lifetime.

    Any new Nyungne practitioners must accomplish two items:

    Attend the Introduction Class held Sunday, November 19 after Lama Rinpoche talks (appx. 11:15-30am)
    Carefully read, and, if correct for you, sign the Nyungne Release form. It is possible that you might have a medical condition that would make this retreat medically damaging; if so, please do not attempt it.

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  • Thanksgiving Nyungne: Talking Day

    6:00 am-5:00 pm
    11-25-17

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    khenpo karthar rinpoche

    Many resources on the Nyungne Retreats here.

    The Nyungne retreat is a Tibetan Buddhist practice designed to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. It involves two and a half days of practice with the strict keeping of vows (a day and a half of complete fasting from food and drink), the generation of the Bodhisattva attitude, and the recitation of the sadhana of the 1000-arm form of Chenrezik, Bodhisattva of compassion.

    Lama Dudjom Dorjee has led the Dallas Sangha in an average of four Nyungnes a year since his first Dallas Nyungne in May 1999 – our group goal is to do 108 Nyungnes in our lifetime.

    Any new Nyungne practitioners must accomplish two items:

    Attend the Introduction Class held Sunday, November 19 after Lama Rinpoche talks (appx. 11:15-30am)
    Carefully read, and, if correct for you, sign the Nyungne Release form. It is possible that you might have a medical condition that would make this retreat medically damaging; if so, please do not attempt it.

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  • Thanksgiving Nyungne: Silent Day

    6:00 am-5:00 pm
    11-26-17

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    khenpo karthar rinpoche

    Many resources on the Nyungne Retreats here.

    The Nyungne retreat is a Tibetan Buddhist practice designed to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. It involves two and a half days of practice with the strict keeping of vows (a day and a half of complete fasting from food and drink), the generation of the Bodhisattva attitude, and the recitation of the sadhana of the 1000-arm form of Chenrezik, Bodhisattva of compassion.

    Lama Dudjom Dorjee has led the Dallas Sangha in an average of four Nyungnes a year since his first Dallas Nyungne in May 1999 – our group goal is to do 108 Nyungnes in our lifetime.

    Any new Nyungne practitioners must accomplish two items:

    Attend the Introduction Class held Sunday, November 19 after Lama Rinpoche talks (appx. 11:15-30am)
    Carefully read, and, if correct for you, sign the Nyungne Release form. It is possible that you might have a medical condition that would make this retreat medically damaging; if so, please do not attempt it.

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  • Thanksgiving Nyungne: Conclusion

    4:30 am-6:30 am
    11-27-17

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    1000 Armeda Avenue Irving Texas 75061

    khenpo karthar rinpoche

    Many resources on the Nyungne Retreats here.

    It is always very appreciated if the retreatants can stay a little while after the concluding breakfast to help clean up after the retreat – an hour would be wonderful!

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  • Chenrezik Practice

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    11-30-17

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    1000 Armeda Ave, Irving, TX 75061, USA

    Weekly Chenrezik Sadhana Practice. Open to students with Refuge and/or permission from Lama Dudjom Dorjee.

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ONGOING SUNDAY SCHEDULE

EventsKTC Dallas has a regular Sunday Practice schedule with Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche at the center in Irving.

Our Sunday programs start at 10am.  On the Sundays when Lama Dudjom Dorjee is in residence, there is usually a Dharma teaching from Rinpoche at this time. Usually there is also the opportunity for a short Dharma “interview” with the Lama after the teaching.

KTC Dallas is also one of the few Dharma Centers in the US that offers the Nyungne fasting and purification practice on a regular basis.  This is entirely due to Lama Dudjom Dorjee, who makes this amazing practice available to us. More about the Nyungne Retreats here.

Lama D Dorjee Rinpoche

A Journey From the Roof of the World from Julya Jara on Vimeo.

Born to a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche grew up in India and received a distinguished Acharya degree from Sanskrit University in Varanasi. In 1981, at the request of the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, he came to the United States as a representative of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He is presently Resident Lama of Karma Thegsum Choling in Dallas, Texas.

Lama Dudjom Dorjee’s early life

Lama Dudjom Dorjee at Sanskrit University

About Lama Dudjom Dorjee’s Three-Year Seclusive Retreat

PODCASTS! Lama Dudjom Dorjee’s Sunday teachings

Currently available books and tapes by Lama Dudjom Dorjee

Lama Dudjom Dorjee on MTV in the series “My Life as Liz” in 2010 (highly recommended)

All the KTD Lamas, July 2017, with His Holiness Karmapa, head of the Kagyu Lineage. Lama Dudjom Dorjee is kneeling directly in front of His Holiness.

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