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
April 27
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva + sitting meditation 
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

October Virtual Sangha Events

Dear Dharma Friends,We will continue our regular Virtual Shrine room meetings this month with Chenrezig Practice,  Debra Ann Robinson, and Charles Dawes.

October 6 commemorates Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches 1st Parinirvana and we would like to invite you to share your stories about Rinpoche on October 20.

As a reminder, we will send an announcement every Tuesday by noon with the Zoom login.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
October 6
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Long-Form Chenrezig Practice
October 13
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation/Dharma talk 
October 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Share your stories about Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
We would like to invite you to share your stories about Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche to commemorate the 1st anniversary of his Parinirvana.
October 27
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Short-form Chenrezig in Tibetan and English
Dharma discussion with Charles Dawes
 
Inspirational Quote:There is a spark of hope, a playful humor about the posture we take in meditation, which lies in the secret understanding that we all have the buddha nature. So when you assume this posture, you are playfully imitating a buddha, acknowledging and giving real encouragement to the emergence of your own buddha nature. You begin to respect yourself as a potential buddha.

At the same time, you still recognize your relative condition. But because you have let yourself be inspired by a joyful trust in your own true Buddha nature, you can accept your negative aspects more easily and deal with them more generously and with more humor.

When you meditate, invite yourself to feel the self-esteem, the dignity, and the strong humility of the buddha that you are. If you simply let yourself be inspired by this joyful trust, it is enough: Out of this understanding and confidence, meditation will naturally arise.
Rigpa Glimpse of the day
 Teaching Link:Mingyur Rinpoche – The Three Wisdoms
 
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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.

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May all beings benefit!

Lama Kathy Wesley
Teaching Weekend



Dear Dharma Friends,We are happy to announce that Lama Kathy Wesley will be joining our Virtual shrine room for a 2-day teaching.

September 26, 10-12 AM PST – Becoming a Bodhisattva
September 27, 10-12 AM PST – The Meaning of Lineage


To register for the event go here.
Zoom instructions will be sent after registration.

Hope to see you all then.
Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
Saturday, September 26
10 – 12 AM PST 
Becoming a Bodhisattva
When we hear that the spiritual goal in Buddhism is “enlightenment,” we might start out with an idealized notion of what that might be, and how we might experience it. It’s not until we read more deeply in Buddhist teaching that becoming an enlightened being is a process, not a product, and that we mature spiritually through the practice of the bodhisattva path – learning love for ourselves and others, and developing skills in working with our own mental afflictions. What does it mean to “hold the mind of enlightenment?” This class will cover the basics of enlightenment, as well as showing the path for developing it. 
Sunday, September 27
10 – 12 AM PST 
The Meaning of Lineage
Our western educational system prepares us for life by giving us sets of facts to memorize, figures to compute, and scientific experiments to undertake. In this system, we choose a teacher by shopping for the most informative system that will bring us the best result. But if we try to use this system to choose a spiritual teaching, it will really fall short. Why? Because in spiritual education, the most important factor is not the academic credential of a teacher, but rather whether the teacher has accomplished spiritual qualities from their practice.  This class will cover the meaning of spiritual lineage and how we can relate to a spiritual teacher.

September Lama Teachings and Virtual Sangha Events

Dear Dharma Friends,We are happy to announce Lama Karma Drodhul and Khenpo Karma Tenkyong from KTD joining our Virtual Sangha this month. Debra Ann Robinson will resume her regular session and new this month, our Sangha member Charles Dawes will be leading our Dharma discussion.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
September 1
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Long-Form Chenrezig Practice
September 8
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Robinson Meditation/Dharma talk 
September 15
6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Lama Karma Drodhul
Advice for the beginner practitionerWe are all at different stages in our practice, some have been practicing longer, others are new. In this talk, Lama Karma will discuss how to start on the Buddhist path, which texts to read, prayers, rituals, and so forth. This advice will be helpful at any stage of our practice to help along on the path. 
September 22
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Short-form Chenrezig in Tibetan and English
Dharma discussion with Charles Dawes
 
September 29
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Khenpo Karma Tenkyong
Life at KTD Monastery and travels with HH Karmapa
followed by Q&A
Inspirational Quote: If you find that meditation does not come easily in your city room, be inventive and go out into nature. Nature is always an unfailing fountain of inspiration. To calm your mind, go for a walk at dawn in the park, or watch the dew on a rose in a garden. Lie on the ground and gaze up into the sky, and let your mind expand into its spaciousness. Let the sky outside awaken a sky inside your mind. Stand by a stream and mingle your mind with its rushing; become one with its ceaseless sound. Sit by a waterfall and let its healing laughter purify your spirit. Walk on a beach and take the sea wind full and sweet against your face. Celebrate and use the beauty of moonlight to poise your mind. Sit by a lake or in a garden and, breathing quietly, let your mind fall silent as the moon comes up majestically and slowly in the cloudless night.
Rigpa Glimpse of the day

Teaching Link: Mingyur Rinpoche – Basic Goodness and Compassion: View
 
BODHISATTVA IN TRAINING T-SHIRT 
Support the rebuilding of Columbus KTC, 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!

August Lama Teachings and Virtual Sangha Events

Greetings Dharma Friends,

We will continue meeting in our Virtual Shrine room for August. 

On August 25, we are pleased to announce that Lama Kathy Wesley will join us for a Dharma talk.

We also welcome back Debra Ann on August 11 for Meditation instruction and Q&A.

As a reminder, we will send an announcement every Tuesday by noon with the Zoom log in.

Please consider a donation for our teachers and support of the Sangha here.

Karmapa Chenno!
Your Dharma Family at Santa Monica KTC
August 4
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Chenrezig Practice

August 11
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Debra Ann Meditation/Dharma talk 

August 18
6:00 – 7:30 PM 
Short Chenrezig Practice + Dharma discussion 
(Please email any topics you would like to discuss) August 25
6:00 – 7:30 PM  
Lama Kathy WesleyDharma Talk
Inspirational Quote: When you begin to practice the basic tranquility meditation, you may find that your mind won’t stay still for a moment. But this is not permanent. It will change as you practice and you will eventually be able to let your mind rest, at which point you will have successfully alleviated the manifest disturbance of these mental afflictions or kleshas.
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Teaching Link: Mingyur Rinpoche – What is Dzogchen?