Amitabha Practice Weekend

Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen, retreat master for the men’s retreat at our parent monastery’s retreat center, visited last weekend to practice with the members and visit his home town. Lama Tsultrim was a member of Ann Arbor KTC for several years.

One of the last acts of our founder Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche was to help prepare a set of images and practice materials to encourage his dharma centers to do Amitabha practice. While Lama Tsultrim was here we requested that he help us with all the details of the long Amitabha sadhana, and how to properly use the practice materials.

Lama Tsultrim, in front of the image of Amitabha and his attendants, Chenrezik and Vajrapani, painted by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje on the left. On the right is an image of Dewachen, the pureland of Amitabha, based on a thangka commissioned by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche to honor his late parents.
A special shrine setup, that includes permanent tormas and images specific to the Amitabha practice. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche helped with consecrating the tormas.
The sadhana includes a tsok feast which is done every afternoon.
Lama Nancy, our resident lama, is on the left.
The sadhana includes traditional music.

In Loving Memory: The Passing of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved teacher and guru, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, on April 1, 2021, at the age of 72. Born in Kham, eastern Tibet, he was recognized at a young age by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. In 1977, His Holiness asked Bardor Rinpoche to help establish his new monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in Woodstock, New York. 

Bardor Rinpoche served KTD for over 30 years, providing inspiration as he worked side-by-side with the volunteer construction crew that built the main monastery building.  Later he began teaching at KTD and its affiliate Karma Thegsum Choling centers (KTC’s), and was the main teacher traveling to the Ann Arbor KTC for many years. In 2003, Rinpoche established his own center, Kunzang Palchen Ling (KPL) in Red Hook, New York, to help preserve teachings from all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, including his own tradition. In 2020, he completed construction of KPL’s monastery building. 

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and his wife, Sonam Chotso Lama, raised three daughters in Woodstock. He is also survived by his son-in-law and two young granddaughters, as well as a large extended family and a community of devoted students. 

More information, including a full biography,  can be found on the KPL website,

Double Dorje in the clouds

On the day of Rinpoche’s cremation, a cloud in the shape of a double dorje appeared above his cremation stupa in the morning:

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, Chenrezik 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.