December Events

Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy will guide us in a Chenrezig practice session on December 1. On the following Thursday our Sangha members Charles and Daniel will talk about their experience at Ser Cho Ling and the Nyungne practice. 
Lama Adam will round out the year, teaching on December 15. 
Our session will resume in the new year. 
Happy holidays to you all!

Weekly meetings are on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:15 PM PST via Zoom.
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

December 1 |  Lama Kathy | Guided Chenrezig Practice
December 8 | Charles and Daniel  |Nyungme discussion
December 15 |  Lama Adam | TBA

Donations for Lama Adam and Lama Kathy

Lama Kathy Wesley and Lama Adam Berner

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
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 nature of the mind, the essence of the mind, is empty. But is this emptiness just blank, inanimate nothingness? No. It is clear in that it can know things; it is able to understand and be aware of things. This is what is meant by clarity. The essence of this clarity is empty, and the essence of the emptiness is clarity. We can establish this through logic and inference, and by doing so we can develop certainty about the union of clarity and emptiness. We can also experience it in meditation. Through meditative experiences, we can come to know that the nature of mind is clarity inseparable from emptiness.”
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: How to Prevent Burnout

November KTC Events

November eventsDear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha.
No session on November 24, Thanksgiving.

Weekly meetings are on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:15 PM PST via Zoom.
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

November 3 | Lama Kathy |Becoming Chenrezig: A How-To Manual for Mantra Meditation
November 10 | Chenrezig Practice 
November 17 |  Lama Adam | Patience Without Waiting
November 24 | Thanksgiving

Donations for Lama Adam and Lama Kathy

Lama Kathy Wesley and Lama Adam Berner

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
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:
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 “afterthought” 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 Glympse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: How to Deal with Loneliness

October Events

Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha, and we will have a Ngondro discussion this month.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Parinirvana is on October 6, and will dedicate a special Chenrezig practice for that. 
Weekly meetings are on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:15 PM PST via Zoom.
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

October 6 | Chenrezig Practice | Open Group practice

October 13 | Lama Kathy |Becoming Chenrezig: A How-To Manual for Mantra Meditation

October 20 |  Lama Adam | Finding a Balance Between Practice and Study

October 27 | Ngondro Discussion

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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:
Six realms of existence are identified in Buddhism: gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hells. They are each the result of one of the six main negative emotions: pride, jealousy, desire, ignorance, greed, and anger.

Looking at the world around us, and into our own minds, we can see that the six realms definitely do exist. They exist in the way we unconsciously allow our negative emotions to project and crystallize entire realms around us, and to define the style, form, flavor, and context of our life in those realms. And they exist also inwardly as the different seeds and tendencies of the various negative emotions within our psychophysical system, always ready to germinate and grow, depending on what influences them and how we choose to live.
Rigpa Glympse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Tips for Lazy Meditators

September events


Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy, Lama Karma, and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom. Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

September 1 | Lama Kathy |Becoming Chenrezig: A How-To Manual for Mantra Meditation
September 8 | Chenrezig Practice | Open Group practice
September 15 | Dharma Discussion
September 22 |  Lama Adam | Finding a Balance Between Practice and Study
September 29 | Lama Karma | Guided meditation practice and teaching

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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 general shamatha mediation is when the mind is placed somewhere and rests there. But when we practice shamatha, we also investigate to see how the meditation is going while being mindful of the shamatha itself. “Is it going well? Is it not going well? Which antidote needs to be applied?” This checking of our mind as we are practicing is analysis.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: How to Bring Mindfulness into Eating
 

August Events

Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy, Lama Karma, and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom. Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

August 4 | Chenrezig Practice | Open Group practice
August 11 | Lama Kathy | Becoming Chenrezig: A How-To Manual for Mantra Meditation
August 18 | Lama Karma | Guided practice
August 25 | Lama Adam | Finding a Balance Between Practice and Study 


Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley
Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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:
Having received the blessings [of our guru] and generated great faith and devotion, we sit with our body lengthened and simply pay attention to the passing of the in and out of the breath. We don’t try to regulate the breath, but breathe naturally, staying aware of the breath going out and coming back in. We count the in-breath and the out-breath as one. We do not count out loud but are just aware. On our mala, we pay attention to the passing of the breath in and out for twenty-one counts. We should do this very carefully because this is said to be the vessel for doing Calm Abiding (Skt. Shamatha) practice.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Am I Not Enough? How to Work with Self-Criticism
 

July Sangha Events

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy, Lama Karma, and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha on Thursdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom. 
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

July 7 | Chenrezig Practice 
July 14 | Lama Kathy | The Whispered Lineage 
July 21 |  Lama Adam | The Three Commitments: Living the Dream
July 28 | Lama Karma | Guided practice

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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:
There are several reasons for keeping your eyes open when you practice meditation. With your eyes open, you are less likely to fall asleep. Then, meditation is not a means of running away from the world, or of escaping from it into a trancelike experience of an altered state of consciousness. On the contrary, it is a direct way to help us truly understand ourselves and to relate to life and the world.

Therefore, in meditation you keep your eyes open, not closed. Instead of shutting out life, you remain open and at peace with everything. You leave all your senses—hearing, seeing, feeling—just open, naturally, as they are, without grasping after their perceptions.

Whatever you see, whatever you hear, leave it as it is, without grasping. Leave the hearing in the hearing, leave the seeing in the seeing, without letting your attachment enter into the perception.

Rigpa Glimpse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: You Are Already a Buddha
 

June Sangha Events

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Dear Dharma family,

Lama Kathy, Lama Karma, and Lama Adam will continue to teach at our Sangha on Thursdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom. Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

June 2 | Chenrezig Practice 
June 9 | Lama Kathy | The Whispered Lineage 
June 16 | Lama Karma | Guided practice
June 23 |  Lama Adam | The Three Commitments: Living the Dream
June 30 | Dharma Discussion

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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:
Even in the greatest yogi, sorrow and joy still arise just as before. The difference between an ordinary person and the yogi is how they view their emotions and react to them.

An ordinary person will instinctively accept or reject them, and so arouse the attachment or aversion that will result in the accumulation of negative karma.

A yogi, however, perceives everything that rises in its natural, pristine state, without allowing grasping to enter his perception.
Rigpa Glimpse of the Day

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Meditating with Emotions

May

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

May events

Please join us this month Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom.
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

  • May 5 | Chenrezig Practice | Tibetan and English
  • May 12 | Lama Kathy | The “Whispered Lineage” – Kagyu Lineage, Teachers, and Practices.
  • May 19 | Lama Adam | The Three Commitments: Living the Dream
  • May 26 | Lama Karma | Guided practice

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Karmapa Khyenno!

Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC

April Sangha Events

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Please join us this month Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST via Zoom.
Invites will be sent on the day of each event.

April 7 | Chenrezig Practice | Tibetan and English
April 14 | Lama Kathy | 6 Perfections
 April 21 | Lama Adam | Meeting Interconnectedness with Compassion
April 28 | Lama Karma | Guided practice

Lama Kathy will continue the 6 Perfections taught from Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, and Lama Karma will be leading us in a practice session.
Lama Adam Berner will continue to teach on Meeting Interconnectedness with Compassion

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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: How to Do Meditation while Working
 

March events

Lama Adam Berner, Lama Karma Drodhul, Lama Kathy Wesley

Please join us this month Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM via Zoom (invites will be sent on the day of each event):

March 3 | Chenrezig Practice | Tibetan and English
March 10 | Lama Kathy | 6 Perfections 5/6
March 17 | Dharma Discussion
March 24 | Lama Adam | Meeting Interconnectedness with Compassion
March 31 | Lama Karma | Guided practice

Lama Kathy will continue the 6 Perfections taught from Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, and Lama Karma will be leading us in a practice session.
Lama Adam Berner will continue to teach on Meeting Interconnectedness with Compassion

Donations for Lama Adam, Lama Karma, or Lama Kathy

Looking forward to seeing you all.Karmapa Khyenno!Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC 
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 teachings on mind training, or lojong, say that we should remember that all sentient beings have to experience suffering. We think, “May this suffering not happen to any other sentient being. May all of it ripen on me.” We do the visualization of tonglen, of sending and taking, and through this create imprints in our mind. If we do this practice in this life and create strong imprints, in the bardo they will awaken and lead us to a good rebirth. Such imprints will also awaken in the next life and we will become someone who practices the Dharma more and more.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link:
Mingyur Rinpoche: Can Meditation Be Dangerous?