Tomorrow June 26 is His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s 35th Birthday!

In celebration of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s official birthday, Dharma Ebooks in collaboration with KTD Publications has published Finding Genuine Practice. Comprising teachings His Holiness gave in 2014 on Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind, this book is intended as a gift from His Holiness to his students on the occasion of his official 35th birthday. It is available for download from the link here, and printed copies will be available from

KTD will have a LIVE WEBCAST here June 26 from 7 AM to 9 AM with the annual morning puja for His Holiness’ health, longevity, and vibrant dharma activity, and will pray especially for essential workers, first responders, health care workers, and those who have died in the epidemic. “We want to dedicate merit especially to those who have passed away because of this illness,” says Lama Karma Drodhul, President of KTD.

You can offer Lamps here

“By offering these tranquil and beautiful lamps in the presence of the perfect Buddha, the King of Illumination, the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Lord of the World, and all the Buddhas with their children, may the poison of malicious enmity never arise in the mind of anyone of us. With loving minds, like the meeting of mother and child, may all the world be filled with peace and happiness.”

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

San Diego KKSG: Lama Kathy Wesley Weekend Teaching

San Diego KKSG is inviting you to join a weekend teaching by Lama Kathy Wesley
Saturday, June 20, 10 AM – 12 PM Pacific Time
Sunday, June 21, 10 AM -12 PM Pacific Time
The Guidance of a Good Guru: How to Travel the Dharma Path

Your relationship with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and how to form a relationship with a Guru. The journey to spiritual enlightenment can be a lonely one; each of us is battling a different style of confusion and needs different techniques and methods to recognize and discard that confusion. Buddhist teachings say that having a “spiritual friend,” or meditation teacher, can help us feel less alone and cut down on detours and dead-ends as we walk the dharma path. Using her story of a relationship with the Buddhist master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche as an example, Lama Kathy will explain the different phases of the teacher-student relationship and offer advice on how to navigate the path.

To attend the teaching, please donate here and we will then send you the Zoom invite.
(no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Lama Kathy Weekend Online Teaching, June 13 – 14

Greetings to our Dharma Family,

We are happy to announce Lama Kathy Wesley will be spinning the wheel of Dharma virtually. Although we will miss seeing her in person we are so happy to be bringing this opportunity to everyone.

Saturday, June 13, 10 AM – 12 PM 
Approaching Mahamudra: Preliminaries and Practices
According to the Buddha, the nature of our minds is awareness, clarity, and emptiness. If we experience our minds this way, we live in harmony with all of those around us, and internally experience great inner wisdom, clarity, and compassion. But discovering this inner essence can be difficult without a method or technique. Therefore, the Buddha taught tranquility and insight meditation to discover and uncover this nature. This Dharma Talk will teach both the theory and practice of tranquility and insight meditation, based on the Mahamudra meditation teachings of the Karma Kagyu tradition. It is suitable for all levels of practice and understanding.

Sunday, June 14, 10 AM -12 PM
Awakened Mind in Life and Death
When pain and suffering arise suddenly in our lives, we might feel that our world has somehow come to an end and that we’re not sure who we are in this new reality. This groundless feeling can cause fear and apprehension – but it also could be the beginning of something inspiring and new. This Dharma talk will review how cultivating inner stability of mind can help us transform some of life’s biggest challenges. 

Dharma teachings are traditionally presented on the basis of Dana which is offered to a teacher in recognition of the precious gift that has been given. To donate for this teaching please use this link here and we will then send you the Zoom invite.
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

June Lama Teachings and Virtual Sangha Events

Greetings Dharma Family,

We welcome all of you from near and far this month to join us in turning the wheel of Dharma virtually and are very happy to announce Lama Karma Drodhul!

June 2: Lama Karma Drodhul – Using our practice in challenging times

Lama Karma will be joining us from Woodstock where he is serving his 3-year term as President of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra our home monastery and seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa He is a beloved friend and teacher to us and we are so pleased to have him join our Virtual Sangha.

Save the dates
On June 13 & 14 Lama Kathy Wesley will be giving a 2 day teaching virtually.
Times are 10-12 pm both days.
Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon to your email inbox!

Our sister Sangha San Diego KKSG will also be hosting Lama Kathy giving a virtual teaching June 20 & 21. Times are 10-12 PM both days.
Information on this will be sent as well so keep a lookout.

Thank you to all who have donated to our Sangha – we are grateful for the support.
As a reminder, we will send an email each Tuesday at noon with a Zoom login.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Take care,
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

June 2
6:00 – 7:30 PM (Please note earlier time!)
Lama Karma Drodhul – Using Practice in challenging times

June 9
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Debra Ann Meditation/Dhrama talk

June 16
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chenrezig Practice

June 23
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Debra Ann Meditation/Dhrama talk

June 30
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Short Chenrezig Practice + Dharma discussion
(Please email any topics you would like to discuss)

Inspirational Quote:

If we give something away, it not only benefits the person who received our gift but will also benefit us because the results of generosity will bring us very close to Buddhahood.  Whereas if we keep things for ourselves out of attachment, it will likely be the cause of pride, jealousy, hatred, all sorts of negative feelings…   “If we give things away,” the Buddha said, “then you really possess them because the goodness of the gift becomes inexhaustible; whereas if you keep it, the goodness of the object becomes small and is quickly exhausted.”
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:

Mingyur Rinpoche – Love for All Beings: View

Virtual Sangha Events May

Greetings Dharma Friends,

We hope you are all well and taking good care of yourself and your loved ones. 
Virtual Sangha will continue through the month of May.  

We are very fortunate for being able to meet and come together virtually now more than ever.  As his Holiness  Karmapa said “Let’s be the Dharma now” 

Taking refuge in the Sangha means we find safety and strength in fellow walkers of the path.  It has been a great experience to welcome all of you virtually from near and far. 

We would like to thank all of you, who have donated or have become a “Friend of Santa Monica KTC” during this time as well. 

This month we welcome Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies on May 12 and 26 for Dharma discussion and Meditation. Debra Ann is a student of Thrangu Rinpoche since 1985.

To participate in our Virtual Sangha, you will get an invite via email to the Zoom meeting on the day of each event
Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Take care,
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

May 5
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Chenrezig Practice

May 12
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Debra Ann Meditation + Dhrama talk  

May 19
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Short Chenrezig + Dharma Talk

May 26
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Debra Ann Meditation + Dhrama talk

Inspirational Quote: Human life is a very precious and rare opportunity not always available, and the opportunity to attain realization and freedom from suffering does not occur with every lifetime, or even in each lifetime in which we have a human body. Furthermore, mere possession of a human body is not a sufficient base from which to practice dharma, because one has to have all the other appropriate conditions in order to practice. So, this lifetime is an opportunity which one may not obtain again if one does not utilize it properly at this time.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

 Teaching Link: Mingyur Rinpoche – Preparing for Death

Support the rebuilding of KTC Columbus, which burned down in 2016.

Each design is individually handprinted on high-quality fair trade cotton Shirts.
On the back is the Mantra “OM MANI PEME HUNG”. 
20$ per shirt go directly to the rebuilding fund.

Order them here: BODHI TEE

Prayers for A Time of Pandemic – Webcasts with His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa

His Holiness Karmapa to Lead Seven-Day Prayer Event Beginning Saturday

In this unprecedented time of fear and concern over the Coronavirus pandemic, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, has announced a seven-day prayer event to quell fear, bring harmony and healing to the world and pray for those who have lost their lives to the disease.

The “Prayers for A Time of Pandemic” vigil will take place for one hour per day for seven days beginning at 7AM PST Saturday April 18, and will include a selection of prayers specially chosen for the occasion by His Holiness. The schedule for the hour-long daily prayer sessions is given below.

Each prayer session will be led by His Holiness via webcast, accompanied by a worldwide community of monks, nuns, and laypeople. 

In announcing the prayer session this week, His Holiness said the Coronavirus pandemic has confronted humanity with the truth of impermanence and its associated fears, but said prayer and spiritual practice can help us cope with our circumstances. 

“We must do what we can not to panic and instead look inside ourselves,” His Holiness said. “For example, many things we ordinarily take for granted are actually incredibly precious. We should relax think about our normal good health and what a great happiness it is to have people who are dear to us. Then we can use this crisis to improve ourselves.” 

His Holiness reminded us that behind disease statistics quoted in the news is a greater truth. “Each one of them is a living, breathing person.” His Holiness said. He singled out doctors and medical professionals and praised their sacrifice. “It is very important that we all express our appreciation, support, and praise for them,” His Holiness said.

Thus to show how Buddhists support everyone during this difficult time, His Holiness said, “We can all pray together for world peace and for the epidemic to be quelled. So I would ask everyone to pray together for everyone in the world to be happy and for this pandemic to quickly pass.”
Led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Schedule for Chanting Together Practices to Overcome the Coronavirus
Daily at 7 AM  Pacific Time

April 18: The Heart Sutra with the Repulsion of Maras

April 19: The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct & the Sutra in Three Sections

April 20: Sutras of the Dharani of Akshobhya 

April 21: Praises of the Twenty-One Taras with the Benefits 

April 22: Supplications to Guru Rinpoche

April 23: A Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Realm of Sukhavati

April 24: Selected Dharani Mantras, The Prayer That Saved Sakya from Illness, and Appeasing the Discord of the Mamos

At the time of the event, go to Karmapas main youtube page here:

and check in the section “Recent Activities” for the new session to come up. It should be the first one showing in the list

Download the Prayers for a Time of Pandemic Prayerbook:
Prayers for a Time of Pandemic 

We pray that this health crisis is resolved quickly. 

April 2020 Virtual Sangha Events

Greetings Dharma Friends,We hope you are all well and taking good care of yourself and your loved ones. 
Virtual Sangha will continue through the month of April. We are very happy to welcome Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies on April 14 for Dharma  discussion and Meditation. Debra Ann is a student of Thrangu Rinpoche since 1985.To participate in our Virtual Sangha, you will get an invite via email to the Zoom meeting on the day of each event. Looking forward to see you all there,
Take care,
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

If you would like to become a “Friend of Santa Monica KTC” you can click here to support our Sangha.
April 7
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Chenrezig Practice
April 14
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Debra Ann Meditation and Dhrama talk  
April 21
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Short Chenrezig + Dharma Talk
April 28
7:00 – 8:45 PM 
Debra Ann Meditation and Dhrama talk  
Inspirational Quote:The most essential point of the meditation posture is to keep the back straight, like “an arrow” or “a pile of golden coins.” The “inner energy,” or prana , will then flow easily through the subtle channels of the body, and your mind will find its true state of rest. Don’t force anything. The lower part of the spine has a natural curve; it should be relaxed but upright. Your head should be balanced comfortably on your neck. It is your shoulders and the upper part of your torso that carry the strength and grace of the posture, and they should be held in strong poise, but without any tension.
Sit with your legs crossed. You do not have to sit in the “full-lotus” posture, which is emphasized more in advanced yoga practice. The crossed legs express the unity of life and death, good and bad, skillful means and wisdom, masculine and feminine principles, samsara and nirvana, and the humor of nonduality. Rest your hands comfortably covering your knees. This is called the “mind in comfort and ease” posture. If you prefer to sit on a chair, keep your legs relaxed, and be sure always to keep your back straight.
Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
 Teaching Link:Mingyur Rinpoche – The Four Liberations

Virtual Dharma Tuesdays

Dear Dharma Friends,

Thank you for all who had joined us last Tuesday for our first virtual Sangha gathering!

From now on we will use Zoom, a very easy to use platform, and we encourage you all to join following the simple steps outlined below.

We will meet online every Tuesday at 6:55pm  (7pm start time) until further notice.

This Tuesday we will recite the Chenrezig Sadhana (download here
If you are familiar with this practice, please chant along. It is also fine to just listen and follow along in your heart. All will receive the blessing.

During these difficult times the Sangha (community) is very beneficial for all to feel support and practice together for the benefit of all beings.

Our meetings are always free, but if you can, we ask you donate $1 to offset the costs for Zoom.
You can donate here.

Looking forward to seeing you all virtually on Tuesday.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

BODHISATTVA IN TRAINING T-SHIRT Support the rebuilding of KTC Columbus, which burned down in 2016.

Each design is individually handprinted on high quality fair trade cotton Shirts.
On the back is the Mantra “OM MANI PEME HUNG”. 
20$ per shirt go directly to the rebuilding fund.

Order them here: BODHI TEE

May all beings benefit!

Year of the Rat

Greetings Dharma Friends,

This Lunar New Moon on January 25th commences the Year of the Rat in Chinese Astrology. Rats are known as being diligent and have a positive outlook.

We welcome you to join us at Santa Monica KTC Sangha every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdayevening for our book study (“Joy of Living” by Mingyur Rinpoche”).  

We include meditation practice and watching short videos by Buddhist masters to help guide us on the path.

All are welcome to join, no prerequisites, learn as you go.  

Check our calendar section for the latest schedules.

Yours friends at Santa Monica KTC

Prayers for Our Beloved Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Words cannot express
 the sadness we and the entire family of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery feel this week as we share the news of the passing of our beloved teacher, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

After a short period of illness, Khenpo Rinpoche passed away early Sunday morning October 6th at his home at KTD’s Three-Year Retreat Center, Karme Ling, in Delaware County, NY. 

Khenpo Karma Tarchin Rinpoche (Karthar, for short) was in his 96th year, having just observed his birthday at KTD Monastery in September. Born in the same year as the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche passed away on the same lunar calendar day as the 16th Karmapa (8th day of the 9th lunar month) but in a different year.

A Buddhist master without parallel, Khenpo Rinpoche was a source of wisdom and love for everyone he met. He successfully transplanted the wisdom of the Karma Kagyu lineage in a new land, and fulfilled the wishes of both the 16th and 17th Gyalwang Karmapas. There is no way we can repay his kindness, and we are praying he will swiftly return to guide beings in this world.

For the first three days of Khenpo Rinpoche’s resting in thukdam, or meditative repose, the KTD family has been providing a quiet atmosphere for our master’s meditative rest at Karme Ling. Three days of prayers from the “Rain of Wisdom” realization songs were conducted by a small group of lamas and Karme Ling residents. 

This past Wednesday, on the third day after Khenpo Rinpoche’s passing, Vajra Master Lama Tobden visited Khenpo Rinpoche’s room and emerged saying that Khenpo Rinpoche was still resting in thukdam and encouraged us to maintain a quiet atmosphere at the Lama House at Karme Ling. 

Meanwhile, letters of condolence have been pouring in from all over the world, as devotees and other religious leaders honor the example of our beloved master.  Visitors from near and far have been visiting the shrine room at Karme Ling to meditate in the same building where Khenpo Rinpoche is resting in thukdam and to make offerings to a special throne set up for him there.

Fresh prayer flags are being raised around the property and a special shrine is being assembled in the Lama House Shrine room for the three days of visitation with Khenpo Rinpoche’s Kudung, or body relic, beginning Thursday October 17 and ending on the cremation day, October 20.

Students at various dharma centers are following Lama Topden’s advice to receive Rinpoche’s blessings through the practice of Guru Yoga. 
The schedule for the events of October 17 to 20 is still being developed. Watch this newsletter and the website for updates on the program.

“In thukdam, a master of mahamudra meditation rests in the unity of the Mother and Child Clear Light,” Lama Karma said. “At this time, Khenpo Rinpoche’s mind is all-pervasive, and it is a good time to practice Guru Yoga and merge your mind with the mind of your teacher as part of your practice,” he said.

A major part of the 49-Day Observances for Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is a special set of pujas at the Karme Ling Three-Year Retreat Center in Delhi, NY that will be dedicated to Khenpo Rinpoche’s swift rebirth and vast dharma activity. KTD sangha and friends are invited to join the pujas or make offerings as they are able. 

Here are the dates for the Seven-Week Pujas:

The Seven-Week Pujas
Week One
October 6 – 12: Amitabha
Week Two
October 13 – 19: Akshobhya
Week Three
October 20 – 26: Zhitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Bardo)
Week Four
October 27 – November 2: Gyalwa Gyamtso
Week Five
November 3 – 9: Demchok (Chakrasamvara)
Week Six
November 10 – 16: Dorje Pakmo (Vajrayogini)
Week Seven
November 17 – 23: Amitabha