Movie Night Wednesday March 16

The movie night this month is the third Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 PM.
This month’s movie is Never Give Up: The Heart of Compassion

This documentary follows the 17th Karmapa as he leads the Kagyu Monlam prayer ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment. It includes interviews with the Karmapa and other important Kagyu teachers.
It also documents examples of compassion in action: people who have been motivated by the Karmapa’s teachings to improve the environment and the lives of people and animals in Bodh Gaya.

There is no charge. Donations are welcome.

Drikung Kagyu Lama Visiting in May

HH Drikung KyabgonJewel Heart is presenting H.H. Drikung Kyabgon, Supreme Head of the Drikung Kagyu, in Ypsilanti Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2 – 6pm.

The event will be at Pease Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, W Cross St & College Pl

The Drikung Kagyu is another branch of the Kagyu Lineage. Ann Arbor KTC is in the Karma Kagyu tradition.

Tickets are available at
and by phone at 734 – 487 2282
and at EMU’s three Ticket Offices in Ypsilanti

Fire at Columbus KTC January 31, 2016

Columbus KTC glies Karmapa banner after the fire

The  Karmapa banner was rescued by firefighters and flown from the atop the building after the fire

flag which was rescued by firefighters and flown from the atop the building after the fire

The members of Ann Arbor KTC were shocked to hear about the fire that destroyed the KTC in Columbus, Ohio and would like to offer our condolences and support. You are in our prayers.

Columbus is about 3 hours’ drive from Ann Arbor and the members have attended many events in Columbus over many years, as well as many at the Grubb St. location.

Here is a link for a GoFundMe campaign to help with the rebuilding:

Movie Night January 20

January’s movie is Samsara.

This is not a Buddhist film but like a form of meditation. As it says on the film’s web site (
“Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.  Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.”

There is no charge. Donations are welcome.

Meditation Day January 9th

Lama Nancy Burks

Photo by M. Erlewine

Sitting meditation helps us settle our minds so we can begin to examine the nature of our thoughts. Walking meditation helps us bring this awareness into everyday activity. When we anchor our meditation practice with the motivation of compassion for all living beings, we develop unconditional acceptance of ourselves, others, and reality as it is. Lama Nancy Burks will teach and lead these approaches in a meditation day at the Karma Thegsum Chöling Buddhist meditation center on Saturday, January 9, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Suitable for those who have not meditated before as well as experienced meditators seeking to deepen their practice. Bring your favorite cushion, or use one of our cushions or chairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please email Lama Nancy at

Lama Nancy Burks has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since his first visit to Ann Arbor in 1978. In February 2000, she completed a traditional 3-year, 3-month meditation retreat under his guidance at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York. In addition to teaching and leading meditation practices at the Ann Arbor KTC, she is available for individual instruction and guidance.

10:00-12:30 Morning session
12:30-2:00 Lunch break
2:00-4:30 Afternoon session

There will be a short break in the middle of each session. There are many restaurants nearby, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch and eat at the center.

Please sign up in advance by emailing Lama Nancy at


Movie Night Wednesday Dec. 16

My Reincarnation MovieThe movie night this month is the third Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 PM.
This month’s movie is My Reincarnation

This is the Emmy-nominated documentary about the Tibetan spiritual master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his efforts to continue the traditions and to pass them on to his son.

Here is a link to the web site for the movie:

There is no charge. Donations are welcome.

Khenpo Tenkyong Visit


Khenpo TenkyongKhenpo Karma Tenkyong was recently appointed by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa as the new president of our parent monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

In February, 2015 he visited AAKTC and helped us with the details of some of the practices we do regularly. He also gave some teachings and helped us with the organization of the shrine.

A native of Nepal, Khenpo Tenkyong became a monk at a young age and completed an eleven-year course of Buddhist Studies at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek Monastery, culminating in a Master’s Degree. He has extensive experience teaching religious history, Buddhist philosophy, and logic, and has worked for more than eleven years at the Karmapa’s Office of Administration in Dharamsala, India.