Phase One of the Renovation is Complete

Phase one of our renovation is complete. We have new lights, a new paint job, a new hardwood floor, and landscaping and prayer flags outside.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. May all beings benefit!

Shrine and New Floor

Renovation of the Shrine Room

The Shrine room in the center is being renovated.

The renovation includes new LED lights, hardwood floor, and painting.

June 21: Here are some pictures of the installation of the floor.

Sub floor in place

Floor Installation In Progress

And new prayer flags in front.

June 17: The material for the floor has been delivered and is acclimating. The installation is scheduled this week.
Plywood Underlayment
Hardwood

The color was selected to be compatible with the shrine.

Wood Sample

June 10: The replacement of the floor is scheduled for June 18-22. During the work we will not be able to have our weekly Wednesday meditation. We are planning to move the shrine back into the Shrine Room on the 23rd and have our Sunday practice on the 24th.

June 3: We will resume Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Meditation while the renovation of the floor continues.

May 28: The painting is finished, but the floor will take until at least mid-June to be renovated.

Because of the condition of the floor we will need to have plywood sub-flooring under the new floor. We are leaning towards red oak with a gold finish.


With the red accents we can see how the colors will look. The colors in these pictures look different based on lighting conditions and the phone camera used.

accents on the shelves

Red window seat

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the painting effort.

Angela Moody, our master painter and her kids did the major part of the painting.

Angela’s son Caleb

Angela’s daughter Virginia and our old friend Ken, who has also done a lot of painting over many years.

Sue is Angela’s Aunt and our Production Manger…

Lama Nancy

Joe Painting

Joe who put in a lot of time and effort, including transforming the window seat…

Pat

Barbara and Tim


Floor Without Carpet

The original floor from the store needs some help.
The store was built in 1906.

Removing the carpet

May 11: Removing the carpeting that has held up well since 1989.

Removing the carpet padding

With this much padding we didn’t notice the bumps in the floor.

 

May 9: The Karmapa throne was disassembled for moving. Pictures and thankas have been removed. The fabric on the thrones and tables is 20 years old and will be updated.

Led Lights

The LED lights are energy-efficient and provide even lighting over the whole shrine room.

And they can be adjusted to any brightness so we can adjust the amount of light in the room.

 

 

Webcast from KTD: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on the Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

courtesy KTD

The Abbot of KTD and the founder of Ann Arbor KTC, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will teach on the text Chakme Démön also known as the “Aspiration Prayer of Sukhavati”

The prayer, written by Chakme Rinpoche, is a prayer aspiring to be reborn in Sukhavati, Land of Great Bliss created by the power of compassionate aspiration of Buddha Amitabha. Once born there, one will experience no suffering, and will practice the Dharma until complete enlightenment.

We will be viewing the webcast as a group at Ann Arbor KTC. There is also an opportunity to submit questions for Khenpo Rinpoche.

The webcast schedule is:
FRIDAY:
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY:
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
SUNDAY:
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Free. Donations are welcome.

Lama Kathy Wesley May 4-6, 2018

Update: We had a wonderful visit, the teachings were very helpful. Here is a picture of Lama Kathy with some of the people who attended.
Lama Kathy with attendees

Lama Kathy Wesley
Lama Kathy Wesley will be visiting the Ann Arbor KTC in May and will be giving a free public talk and a weekend meditation seminar.

Free Public Talk: Cultivating an Awakened Mind in Life and Death
Friday May 4 — 7:30 p.m.
The teachings of Tibetan Buddhism remind us of the preciousness of our life, and its great promise: if we can tame our minds, we can experience peace and happiness in this life, and face adversity and even death with a sense of compassion and grace.

By familiarizing ourselves with the many examples of impermanence in our lives, we can begin to engage and perhaps even calm the fear of loss and change that can prevent us from living life to its fullest. Lama Kathy will explore how Buddhist meditation practice, contemplation on impermanence, life and death, can bring more awareness and enjoyment to life.

Free, donations welcome.

Death and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition
Saturday and Sunday May 5-6 — 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Classic Tibetan texts about death present the dying process as a journey of letting go, and of awakening the mind and heart. This meditation workshop will cover Tibetan teachings on the the phases of death, how to train one’s mind in preparation for death, and how to attend and offer comfort to those who are facing change, loss, death and grief.
Suitable for all levels of practitioner.

Suggested Donation $45/day.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karmé Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Lama Kathy now serves as Resident Teacher at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling and travels to teach at other Buddhist centers throughout the country. Kathy is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She and her husband Mike live in Newark, Ohio.

You can learn more about her and access articles, talks, and other information information about the Tibetan Buddhist path at www.lamakathy.net.

Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin March 16 – 18, 2018

During the visit Khenpo Ugyen made some torma offerings for our Mahakala practice.

Khenpo Ugyen making butter ornaments
The ornaments are made of butter by molding the butter in cold water. The heat of the hands softens the butter so it  can be molded. They start with small balls of different colors.

Khenpo UrgyenKhenpo Ugyen Tenzin received the Acharya degree from Nalanda Institute and Sapurnanand Sanskrit University, jointly, in 1991. He taught at Nimalung Monastery in Bhutan, and then at Nalanda Institute in Rumtek, where he was Senior Abbot/Principal Teacher. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa asked Khenpo Ugyen to go to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in 2005. He has since completed a 3-year retreat at Karme Ling and continues to teach at KTD as well as at many of the KTC’s.

All events will be held at the Ann Arbor KTC

Free Public Talk: Buddha Nature
Friday,March 16 7:30 p.m.
Khenpo Ugyen will talk about the premise that we all have Buddha Nature, the seed of enlightenment, and that we can fully develop this potential through the skillful means of meditation practice.

Weekend Seminar: Green Tara Practice
Saturday – Sunday, March 17 – 18 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We are delighted that Khenpo Ugyen will teach the practice of Green Tara, the female Buddha of enlightened activity. Green Tara embodies universal compassion–the virtuous, enlightened, and miraculous activity of all Buddhas–and provides practitioners protection and freedom from obstacles. In this seminar, participants will learn the meaning of the visualizations and meditations of Green Tara Practice.

Green Tara Empowerment
Saturday, March 17 7:30 p.m.
Khenpo Ugyen will give the Green Tara Empowerment (a ritual in Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism which initiates a student into a particular tantric deity practice). Refuge is required to receive the empowerment, and will be given before the empowerment.

Fees:
The Public Talk is free.
It is traditional to make a donation to the teacher at the end of the empowerment.
Weekend Suggested Donation: $50/Day.
All donations are welcome.
No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Public Talk: Send ‘Em Back for Regrooving Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Send ‘Em Back for Regrooving — How to Change the Mental Habits that Imprison Us
Lama Nancy will give this free public talk.

Our minds are often cluttered with negative, unhelpful thoughts that are so habitual we don’t even notice them. Buddhist practice offers simple but profound techniques for observing these thought patterns and then transforming them into positive and compassionate intentions that benefit both ourselves and those around us.

Free, donations are accepted.

Public Talk: Love the One You’re With, Even If It’s Yourself! Wednesday, October 11 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Love the One You’re With, Even If It’s Yourself! — How Meditation Can Help You Accept Yourself and Others
Lama Nancy will give this free public talk.

By seeing ourselves as separate from others, we set the stage for comparison and judgment of those on both sides of the “self/other” divide. Then, when things go wrong, we look for someone to blame–and if we can’t find someone else, it must be our own fault! Buddhist practice helps us relax our boundaries so we can experience the innate goodness underneath all our stories and judgments.

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe Visit September 29-October 1, 2017

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe (John Samuelson) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock, NY, since 1989 and completed the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat in 1996 led by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He is especially known for workshops in which participants use Tibetan Buddhist practices to explore the nature of forgiveness and to learn how to heal old wounds and guides participants with an approachable and open style.

Farmer Lama YeshePublic Talk: Using Life’s Manure for Spiritual Growth
Sept. 29; 7:30 p.m.
When faced with circumstances we don’t like, our first reaction is to try to push them away, without thoroughly examining the source of these circumstances and what we might be able to learn from them. Lama Yeshe will explain how to use these unwanted experiences as a way to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our choices, like manure brings nourishment and growth to a garden. Though we can’t prevent unhappiness from occurring in our lives, we can learn to transform it into compassion and wisdom.

Loving Kindness and Compassion: Start with Yourself
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m., 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
We often find it easier to be loving and compassionate toward others than to extend the same consideration toward ourselves. Our negative feelings toward ourselves, such as regret, guilt, shame, anger, and even hatred, are often deep-rooted. In this seminar Lama Yeshe will help participants examine the roots of these feelings and learn a variety of meditative techniques for addressing and transforming them. The seminar will include a combination of explanation, practice and individual interviews to help participants learn and practice some new ways of transforming our own negative feelings about ourselves into compassion for ourselves as well as others.

Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen Visit September 22-24, 2017

Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen took refuge with Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1984 at the Ann Arbor KTC, where he was a member for eight years. He entered the the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat in 1992, and has been in residence at Karme Ling, retreat center for Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock, NY. since then. He is currently a retreat master in the men’s retreat at Karme Ling.

Public Talk — Interconnected: Connecting With Spiritual Life in the 21st Century
Sept. 22; 7:30 p.m.
Lama Tsultrim based his talk (seminar) on the book Interconnected by The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The book is not strictly about Buddhism, but incorporates Buddhist principles to explore how we can go beyond a mere intellectual understanding of our connections to one another and to the earth. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents of social change.

Interconnected Weekend Seminar at Karma Thegsum Choling
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 10:00 a.m.-12:00, 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Lama Tsultrim further explored of the book Interconnected by The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje with talks and meditation exercises to explore our experience of our connections to others and the earth by gaining emotional awareness.