Tara Month at the KTC – December 7 thru January 7

For four Sundays, December 17, December 24, December 31 and January 7, from 10am -11am, we will share what we know about the Green Tara practice with you. Earlier in the morning on each of these days, from 8:30am – 9:30am, we will do the practice. We will be using the KTD text (same text just easier to copy, 8½ by 11) – and it will be available for purchase, at cost.

To make sure the practice takes no more than an hour and give us time to explain things, we will do fewer recitations of the 21 Tara mantra (the same one we are accumulating) – 1, 2 and 3 (as they do at KTD.) rather than the standard 2, 3 and 7.

If you never had any particular interest in Tara Practice but are interested in knowing more about Vajrayana Sadhanas, this may also possibly be interesting to you.

Larry and Beth Keenan have practiced the 21 Tara Sadhana (the mandala practice) for over 20 years – the two have favorite teachings and materials that were used to learn the practice, mainly from Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the brilliant Lama Yeshe Gyamtso.

The Green Tara Sadhana We Practice is a Mind Terma.

Terma teachings originate with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who concealed many sacred teachings in such a manner that they would be discovered at appropriate times in the future, when beings would be ready to receive and understand those particular teachings.

The hidden teachings themselves are called terma, and the individuals foretold by Guru Rinpoche’s prophesies who discover these hidden teachings are known as tertons.

There are many different kinds of Terma, such as earth treasures, water treasures, and so forth.

The Green Tara sadhana is what is called “thought terma,” or gong ter.
Among the 1,002 named tertons, there are 108 individuals who are said to be great tertons, or Ter Chen.

Supreme among all of these was Orgyen Dechen Chokjur Lingpa, who discovered the Green Tara Practice as a mind terma.

The sadhana arose from the expanse of his mind in the way that water can suddenly spring from a rock where there was no water before.

This mind treasure arose in a cave called Peme Shelpuk, the “Crystal Cave of Pema.”

— from Bardor Tulku’s “The Practice of Green Tara”

All the Ways to Donate to A Stupa

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Many Ways to Give
How to Donate to Make a Stupa in Texas!

1. If you are a member on MindBody.com, here is the donation page.(Visitors can also register and donate.) Major credit cards (no AmEx)

 
Perfect for people who are out of town or may not want to register on MindBodyonline. The interface is very nice and easy to use.
 
3. The old-fashioned check, made out to KTC Dallas and with “Stupa” written in the notes section, has no processing fees and is always very welcome. Send to KTC Dallas, 1000 Armeda Avenue, Irving Texas 75061, or hand the check to Guy Stewart or Jared Hughes.
 
4. Bringing necessary supplies. Lama Rinpoche will make requests as we go along.
 
5. Forward emails about the stupa to your various social media accounts; explain to people what one is and why we are building it.
 
6. Helping the people who are working on the stupa. Cleaning.
 
Questions? Guy Stewart and Jared Hughes know what you need to know.
 
BONUS 

The Buddha explained that five factors would be needed. About the importance of stupas –

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Above: Illustration of what it might be like to have a stupa at the KTC!

The Buddha explained that five factors would be needed. If these five factors were present, people would be free of interference from negative forces and they would live long. As well, these five factors would gradually contribute to the practitioners’ attainment of enlightenment.

The first factor is to give Dharma constantly with the intention of helping others.

The second factor is constantly to give sentient beings a sense of security, or freedom from fear. This means to constantly save beings whose lives are at risk, and provide them with security and peace of mind.

The third factor is constantly to reflect on the four types of immeasurables.

The fourth factor is constantly to repair old stupas or to commission or construct new stupas.

The fifth factor is constantly to maintain the mind of enlightenment, Bodhicitta, the universal altruism to want to achieve the state of enlight-enment for the sake of all sentient beings. One needs to maintain this in one’s mind all the time.

Of the five factors the Buddha spelt out, one is repairing old stupas and making new ones. If one is able to do that it will bring a lot of benefit to oneself and others in the future.

From Turning the Wheel of the Dharma: The Immeasurable Benefits of Stupas
A teaching given by the Venerable Thupten Rinpoche at the Dhargyey Buddhist Centre, 5 May 1996.
© Copyright Dhargyey Buddhist Centre, 1996.

Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche at the Ecumenical Society of Little Rock

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Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche told us last night how much he enjoyed his visit to the Ecumenical Society of Little Rock; one of the attendees had taken refuge with Rinpoche 35 years ago and showed his refuge card! Another person had attended the Black Crown Ceremony with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and Rinpoche commented the goodness of the group as a whole.

Ecumenical Buddhist Society Board Member Charlotte Besch said that “Rinpoche has a strong “call of the lama,” which I knew he would have. It is wonderful to see it in action.”
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The atmosphere of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society center was filled with joy and laughter from his teachings.
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Another board member, Melissa Gill, said “It was a great joy and honor to receive teachings from Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche this weekend. He touched us all with his bright, clear heart-mind, and wild sense of humor!”
Lakey Goff with Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche

Lakey Goff made this comment: “His visit was amazing!! What a joyful man.” c

And finally, the organizer and host for the visit, longtime KTC Dallas sangha member Aisha Credit, said:
“I am so happy that Lama D. Dorjee came to Little Rock, Arkansas and turned the Wheel of Dharma. The atmosphere of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society center was filled with joy and laughter from his teachings. I am honored to call Lama Dudjom Dorjee not only my teacher but also my friend.”
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There is already discussion, we hear, that a group will start a group study of Rinpoche’s book Stillness, Insight and Emptiness.

 


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KTC Intro Class Starts September 10, 2017

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. Ordering information below.
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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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 basic and quite advanced material, making the essence of the vast Tibetan teachings suprisingly accessible.

 

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About the presenters – 
Beth Keenan has studied with Lama Dudjom Dorjee, her primary teacher, for 24 years; she is also a graduate of the five-week Buddhism course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, the first five Shambhala levels, and many years of the Treasury of Knowledge Retreat in San Antonio with Ponlop Rinpoche. 
 
Other highlights have been teachings by Thrangu Rinpoche (particularly “Creation and Completion”), Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, His Holiness Karmapa and others, in addition to attending nearly every teaching given by any teacher at KTC Dallas in the past quarter century, including Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Kathy Wesley, Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor-Goldfield.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (author of the source text we will study) is very special to Beth; as her refuge lama, as the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (the Kagyu Lineage headquarters in New York), and as her first Dharma ‘boss’ and teacher.
Larry Keenan began his study and practice of Buddhism under the guidance of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s students in the early 1980’s.  He became a student of Lama Dudjom Dorjee in the late 90’s.  He has benefited from the teaching and blessings of many great beings, but holds a particular devotion for Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.  He has been Director of KTC Dallas since 2001.