Lama Kathy and Khenpo Tenkyong

Greetings Dharma Friends,

This month we will continue two sessions with Lama Kathy‘s teaching on the Aspiration for Mahamudra, September 9 and 23, and Khenpo Karma Tenkyong will lead a guided meditation on September 2.

Donations for Lama Kathy and/or Khenpo Tenkyong

We look forward to seeing all of you.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC  
September 2
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Khenpo Tenkyong Chenrezig Practice
September 9
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Kathy  Aspiration for Mahamudra 3 
September 16
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson  Meditation instruction 
September 23
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Kathy Aspiration for Mahamudra 4
September 30
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Chenrezig Practice
ZOOM 
credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
Inspirational Quote:
The method to overcome fear is believing in the presence of enlightened beings. With that belief, you think you are constantly protected by them from any causes of fire, flood, earthquake, etc. With such belief, one can overcome fear. On the contrary, anger is no protection from fear, rather it brings on even greater fear, pain, and frustration.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: The Story of Shantideva
 

Aspiration for Mahamudra with Lama Kathy, August

Greetings Dharma Friends,
Due to the increase in Corona Virus and its variant cases rising, we have decided to continue with Virtual Sangha only until further notice. 

For August we are pleased to announce Lama Kathy joining us two Thursdays a month for a series of 6 teachings, starting August 12 to October 28 on the Aspiration for Mahamudra.
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Lama Karma Drodhul will be leading Chenrezig Practice on August 5.

Donations for Lama Kathy and/or Lama Karma

We look forward to seeing all of you.
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
August 5
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Karma Chenrezig Practice
August 12
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Kathy  Aspiration for Mahamudra 1 
August 19
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson  Meditation instruction 
August 26
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Kathy Aspiration for Mahamudra 2
ZOOM credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
Inspirational Quote:
Though different forms are perceived, they are in essence empty; 
yet in the emptiness one perceives forms.

Though different sounds are heard, they are empty; 
yet in the emptiness one perceives sounds.

Also different thoughts arise; they are empty, 
yet in the emptiness one perceives thoughts.
DUDJOM RINPOCHE

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Compassionate Wisdom
 

July Sangha Events

Dear Dharma Friends,We are pleased to announce that we will return to our in-person Sangha meetings at the First Presbyterian Church1220 W 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90026Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30PST. Lama Karma will be teaching (via Zoom) on July 22. We will continue with Chenrezig practice(Tibetan and English), Debra Ann’s meditation class, and the study of 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.  Please join us in opening up our shrine and practicing together after a year of virtual Sangha on July 1. All meetings will have a Zoom link for anyone wanting to join us virtually.  Hope to see you all,Karmapa Chenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
July 1
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation
July 8
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Short Chenrezig  and Dharma discussion 
July 15
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson  Meditation instruction 
July 22
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Lama Karma Virtual teaching
June 29
6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Chenrezig Practice Tibetan and English
ZOOM credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
Inspirational Quote:All the yidams and deities practiced in meditation have the same fundamental nature and are utterly pure. Nevertheless, they have different appearances, which reflect the different activities that they embody and engage in. These different activities are primarily determined by the individual aspirations they made at the time they initially generated bodhicitta. It is primarily for this reason that deities manifest varied appearances. Sometimes they appear as male in which case they primarily embody upaya or method; sometimes appearing as female, in which case they primarily embody prajna or wisdom; sometimes they appear as peaceful and sometimes as wrathful, and so on. In the case of the Medicine Buddha, his primary motivation was to remove all the suffering of beings caused by the imbalance of the elements, which we know as mental and physical illness.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: The Way of the Bodhisattva
 

Virtual Sangha now Thursdays

Dear Dharma Friends,

Please note that our weekly meeting is now changed to Thursdays at 6 PM PST.  

We are happy to announce that Lama Karma will be teaching Using practice to integrate back into the world with love and compassion on June 17 at 6 PM PST.

We will continue our Virtual shrine room with Chenrezigpractice (Tibetan and English), Debra Ann’s meditation class, the study of 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.  

Starting on the full moon on July 3, 2021, we will return to meeting in person at the First Presbyterian Church. 

Hope to see you all virtually,
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
June 3
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation
June 10
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation instructions 
June 17
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Lama Karma Using practice to integrate back into the world with love and compassion 
June 24
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig practice Tibetan and English 
ZOOM credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
Inspirational Quote:
In meditation, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible.
Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary, emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.
Rigpa Glimpse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Meditating with Pain
 

Lama Karma Teaching and Virtual Sangha Events

Dear Dharma Friends,

We are happy to announce that Lama Karma Drodhul will be joining us on April 20 to continue his teaching on Selfliberation. We will continue with our regular Chenrezig practice (Tibetan and English), Debra Ann’s meditation class, the study of 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

Hope to see you all virtually,
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
April 6
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Tibetan and English
April 13
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation instructions 
April 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Lama Karma Drodhul Selfliberation
ZOOM credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
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: Understanding the Monkey Mind
 

Khenpo Tenkyong Teaching and Virtual Sangha Events

Greetings Dharma Friends,

On March 16, Khenpo Karma Tenkyong will be joining us with a special teaching on Shamatha Meditation on loving-kindness, and on March 30 our Dharma Friend Sukey Fontelieu will be talking about the benefits of retreat.

We will continue with our regular Chenrezig practice (Tibetan and English), Debra Ann’s meditation class, the study of 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
March 2
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Tibetan and English
March 9
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation instructions 
March 16
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Khenpo Karma Tenkyong Shamatha Meditation on loving kindness
March 23
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation 
March 30
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Sukey Fonetlieu benefits of retreat
ZOOM credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084
SM KTC YouTube Channel with previous events
Chenrezig text
Inspirational Quote:
Just as Buddha said that of all the buddhas who attained enlightenment, not one accomplished it without relying on the master, he also said: “It is only through devotion, and devotion alone, that you will realize the absolute truth.”
So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It is not mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibility to yourself, nor indiscriminately following of another’s personality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.

Rigpa Glimpse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Befriending Panic
 

Lama Kathy teaching and virtual Sangha events

Greetings Dharma Friends,

This month we will continue with our regular Chenrezig practice (Tibetan and English), Debra Ann’s meditation class, the study of 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, and our special guest Lama Kathy will be joining us for a teaching on Finding the Mind in Awareness: The Path of Shamatha.

Learning Mindfulness meditation has changed the lives of many people – taming thought and calming emotion, we learn how to make the mind workable and make better choices in our lives. But once we have tamed the mind through mindfulness, is there more we can do to uncover the mind’s basic nature? Lama Kathy will explain the difference between basic shamatha, analytical meditation on emptiness, and the discovery of the mind’s basic nature.

PLEASE NOTE:
Zoom credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
Chenrezig text
Short-form Chenrezig text
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva text by the Dalai Lama
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva text by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
February 2
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Tibetan and English
February 9
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation instructions 
February 16
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Lama Kathy Finding the Mind in Awareness: The Path of Shamatha
February 23
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation 
Inspirational Quote:
When anger arises in us, there is a danger that we would be mistaken in this moment. We might start to fight or we might say something harsh or unpleasant that we would regret in the future. Thus, it is important that we take control of our minds. If we reduce the intensity of the afflictions, it is extremely helpful. When we can do this, in the future, we will be able to look back and think, “Things actually worked out back then.”
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: The Sense of Self
 

Happy New Year



Greetings and Happy New Year to our Dharma Friends,

We wish you all health and happiness and look forward to continuing to spread the Buddha Dharma together.

Last year’s virtual Sangha was a success. We may not meet physically but we are connected spiritually, reaching many people on a broader scope than we had before with Dharma friends joining us from New York, Greece, Switzerland! 

In the coming months, we are planning to host weekend-long teachings with our Lamas and Khenpos. So look out for announcements soon.

On January 26 we are happy to announce that Lama Karma will be joining us to teach on Self Liberation.

We will continue Chenrezig long and short-form practice, additionally, we will start the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva every week.

From learning to recognize the essence of mind to bringing wisdom and compassion into our everyday lives, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is an indispensable guide to developing Bodhicitta, the commitment to the awakening of all beings.
These teachings on how to train our minds show us that our problems and difficulties can be the raw material that allows us to awaken authentic love and compassion for ourselves and others. At this extraordinarily challenging moment in history, these teachings on how to discover the best in all of us seem more timely than ever.



PLEASE NOTE:
Zoom credentials for our regular sessions will remain the same. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87204694084

Or to call from your phone (any phone works, no smartphone needed):
+1 669 900 6833 
Meeting ID: 872 0469 4084

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
Chenrezig text
Short-form Chenrezig text
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva text by the Dalai Lama
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva text by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
January 5, Tonight!
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Tibetan and English
January 12
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation instructions 
January 19
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation
January 26
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Lama Karma Drodhul Teaching on Self Liberation 
Inspirational Quote:
You might wonder how something you are doing primarily with your mind could affect your body. How could practicing Medicine Buddha preserve your physical health or alleviate physical sickness? You might think that the mind and body are fundamentally unrelated, and therefore, the practice of meditation cannot affect our bodies. In fact, our bodies and minds are extensively interrelated. The body supports or is the container for the mind, but the body is also based upon, or supported by the mind. Therefore, the practice of meditation does affect your body and your physical state.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa New Year message 2021
Dalai Lama 2021 New Year Greeting
Tai Situ Rinpoche New Year Message 2021
New Year Message 2021 – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

December Lama Teaching and Virtual Sangha Events

Greetings Dharma Family,On December 8th Lama Karma Drodhulwill join us to talk about the Stupa of Awakening that was just built to honor our beloved teacher Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

We also welcome our Dharma sister Sukey Fontelieu on December 15 to lead us in a dharma discussion after a short Chenrezig practice. Sukey is a long-time practitioner and student of Khenpo Karthar Rimpoche.

These will be the last two events for 2020, and we will resume our Virtual Sangha in the new Year.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
December 8
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Lama karma Drodhul – Stupa of Awakening
December 15
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Sukey Fontelieu Short Chenrezig & Dharma talk 
Inspirational Quote:
Normally, we have many different kinds of thoughts running through our minds. Some of them are pleasant, even delightful. Some of them, however, are unpleasant, agitating, and worrisome. Now, if you examine the thoughts that are present in your mind, you will see that pleasant thoughts are comparatively few, while unpleasant thoughts are many. As long as your mind is controlled by these thoughts passing through it, you will be quite unhappy. In order to gain control over the thoughts arising in our mind, we begin with the meditation practice of tranquility.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Teaching Link: Mingyur Rinpoche – Meditating in Everyday Life
 

November Virtual Sangha Events

Dear Dharma Friends,We will have two Virtual Shrine room meetings this month, Chenrezig Practice on November 10, and a talk by Richard Josephson: Building a daily practice and dharma stories followed by Q&A on November 17.  
As a reminder, we will send an announcement every Tuesday by noon with the Zoom login.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
November 10
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Practice
Long-Form 
November 17
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Richard Josephson 
Building a daily practice and dharma stories followed by Q&A
Inspirational Quote:
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche describes a yogi wandering through a garden. He is completely awake to the splendor and beauty of the flowers and relishes their colors, shapes, and scents. But there is no trace of clinging or any “after-thought” in his mind.
As Dudjom Rinpoche says:
“Whatever perceptions arise, you should be like a little child going into a beautifully decorated temple; he looks, but grasping does not enter into his perception at all. You leave everything fresh, natural, vivid, and unspoiled. When you leave each thing in its own state, then its shape doesn’t change, its color doesn’t fade and its glow does not disappear. Whatever appears is unstained by any grasping, so then all that you perceive arises as the naked wisdom of Rigpa, which is the indivisibility of luminosity and emptiness.”
Rigpa Glimpse of the day
Teaching Link: Mingyur Rinpoche – Basic Goodness and Joy: View