Ann Arbor KTC Stands Against Racism

We at Ann Arbor KTC Buddhist Center recognize and denounce the many injustices perpetrated against Blacks, indigenous people and people of color for centuries. At AAKTC, we do not tolerate racist behavior of any kind.

We will awaken our great wisdom and compassion and examine our mind-hearts in order to dismantle our own racism and hatred.

Awakening our Bodhicitta (enlightened mind) will help us do this as individuals and as a group, and will make this whole world a better place.

Online Access to Dharma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Public events are cancelled

While public teachings have been postponed, our parent organization KTD and some of the other KTC centers are providing Dharma teachings, classes, and practice sessions online. You can access the schedule of virtual events by clicking this link

The KTD Events page lists all upcoming KTD events including online teachings, on this page at

Check back to this page for updates as more information becomes available.

In Loving Memory: The Passing of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and guru, the former Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Rinpoche was admitted to Kingston Hospital on Thursday, October 3rd. He was then transported by medical helicopter to Westchester Medical Center on Friday, October 4th in hopes of receiving better treatment for a blood vessel blockage.

Yesterday, Rinpoche was brought back to Karme Ling in Delhi. Our beloved teacher passed away in his room this morning, October 6th, 2019, at 3:35 am. For the next three days, Rinpoche will remain in meditative absorption without disturbance. It has been recommended that students at all the centers do guru yoga and meditate on mixing their minds with Rinpoche’s mind with the aspiration to always be with him life after life.

Today, Sunday October 6th, Lama Nancy Burks and visiting Sikkimese monk Khenpo Chophel led a session consisting of the 35 Buddhas Prayer, Chenrezing Puja, and White Tara Puja, in memory of Rinpoche and with the aspiration for his swift return.

Per KTD, further information will be forthcoming as to how the public can pay their respects to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche after the next three days have passed.

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong Visit 2019

Khenpo Tenkyong

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong visited the Ann Arbor KTC, June 5-10, 2019. His program included two public talks as well as a weekend seminar on Manjushri, the embodiment of wisdom.

He also did a special blessing and prayers to the Nagas at the Huron River. He has done this at other centers including several around the Great Lakes.

Karma Sonam
Karma Sonam is Khenpo Tenkyong’s brother.

Sent to the United States by the 17th Karmapa, Khenpo Tenkyong is a dynamic teacher committed to protecting nature and spreading Dharma to people everywhere. He served as president of our parent organization, KTD, from 2015-2018.

Khenpo Ten visited Ann Arbor KTC in 2015, just before he took over as KTD president.

Read his full bio:

Khenpo-La and Sonam also helped us with the garden and the outdoor Buddhas.

1000-Armed Chenrezig Retreat Nov. 16-19

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe

Ann Arbor KTC will be hosting a Nyungne (nyoong nay) retreat at our center from Friday, November 16 to Monday, November 19.  The Nyungne is a profound 2 1/2 day fasting practice that purifies negative karma through chanting, mantras and guided visualizations of 1,000-Armed Chenrezig.  The Nyungne will be led by Lama Yeshe of the Hay River KTC in Wisconsin.

Requirements: In order to participate in the Nyungne, you must have taken Refuge and received the reading transmission for the Nyungne text.  This reading transmission (but not the Refuge) will be given on Friday evening by Lama Yeshe, along with instructions.  It is also recommended that participants have some experience chanting in Tibetan.

The practice involves involves early morning, morning, and afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and an early morning session on Monday.  Lunch on Saturday will be provided at the center, followed by a liquid-only fast for the rest of Saturday, and a full fast all day Sunday, broken after early morning practice on Monday.  It is also possible to do the practice as a Nyine (partial fast) on one or both days.   Participants will be able to sleep at the center during the Nyungne if desired for a small charge (bring your own bedding).

If you will be attending, or have any questions, please contact Lama Nancy Burks,   Bring your own text if you have one; we also have texts available for those who don’t have their own.

Suggested donation of $40 includes lunch on Saturday, breakfast on Monday, and beverages.  No one turned away for lack of funds.