Dear Ann Arbor KTC Members and Friends,
Ann Arbor KTC will be closed to the public until further notice to help avoid spreading COVID-19. In line with many other organizations both public and private, we are very concerned about the health of our members, visitors, and communities, and are following guidelines issued by the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the example of our parent organization, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.
Buddhism teaches us that everything is impermanent, the world and all it contains. But even understanding that the spread of this virus is a transitory event, it is hard to know how to react to it wisely. In keeping with the Middle Way taught by the Buddha, we can try to avoid the extremes of carelessness or panic in navigating these uncharted waters.
I think that the unprecedented situation of the current moment also thrusts upon us the opportunity to pause our usual routine and reevaluate what’s most important in our lives and on our earth. If we are staying home to avoid illness, we can spend more quality time with our loved ones, more time in prayer and meditation, and maybe cross some things off our to-do lists. If we are ill, we can follow medical recommendations, take good care of ourselves and carefully protect others. And when we bravely go out into the world, we might have a fresh chance to see the extraordinary in our most ordinary activities: Maybe we can maintain mindfulness in each moment. Or perhaps we can recognize enlightened mind–the face of the Buddha–in everyone we see.
With prayers for the well-being, health, and happiness of everyone,
Lama Nancy Burks
P.S. Feel free to contact me–firstname.lastname@example.org–if you have any questions or comments. If all goes well, I’ll be at home with my husband and dog, meditating, praying, and doing some spring cleaning.
Meanwhile there are online teachings available from our parent monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and other KTC centers.
Check back to this page for updates as more information becomes available.
The Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) provides the teachings and practices of Buddhism in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ann Arbor KTC is affiliated with Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), in Woodstock, New York, the North American seat of His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
There are KTC centers all over North and South America, and other Kagyu centers worldwide.
We have sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays. Visit our Weekly Schedule page for more information.
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