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.

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.

Introduction to Tranquillity Meditation Sunday, October 30

Whether you are interested in meditation as a spiritual path, or simply for its benefits as a way to reduce tension, cope with stress, and gain a more positive outlook, this class will provide everything you need to start and maintain a regular sitting practice.  This will be a great opportunity to bring along friends and family who are curious about meditation!

Led by Lama Nancy, resident teacher at the Ann Arbor KTC, the session will include instruction, meditation practice, and discussion.

Sunday October 30, 10 AM – 12 Noon.

No prior meditation experience needed.

Meditation Workshop: Training the Mind in Compassion Oct 15.

Learn and practice meditation techniques aimed at helping us develop our own inherent compassion at this free workshop.  The day will include training in tonglen or “sending and taking” meditation in which we will learn to increase our compassion for others (ranging from our nearest and dearest to those who annoy or even harm us) while decreasing our attachment to our own self-image.   We will also learn to use slogans to extend our practice from formal sitting sessions to the remainder of our lives.  By increasing our compassion for others, we simultaneously decrease our own ego-clinging and the pain it causes us.

Led by Lama Nancy, resident teacher at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, the day will alternate instruction with periods of practice and discussion.

Some prior experience in meditation recommended but not required.  Please register by emailing Lama Nancy at  For further information, call Pat Forsberg-Smith at 734-678-7549 or see our website:

Schedule:  10:00-12:30    Morning session
12:30-1:30      Lunch break (bring a vegetarian lunch if you wish)
1:30-4:00        Afternoon session

Location: Ann Arbor KTC Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St., Ann Arbor 48103
Free; donations welcome.

Lama Nancy Burks has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 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.

“Look at all experience as a dream. . . .  Be grateful to everyone. . . .  When misfortune fills the world and its inhabitants, Make adversity the path of awakening.”
–From “The Seven Points of Mind Training” in The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion by Jamgon Kongtrul, Translated by Ken McLeod, Shambhala, 2005

Meditation Workshop: Tranquillity Meditation Saturday Aug. 20

In our busy, complicated lives, we focus most of our attention outward as we constantly interact with the complex world around us.   Much of the time, we leave our minds on automatic pilot and take their inner workings for granted.  Meditation allows us to turn our attention inward and gain perspective on our lives and priorities.

Spend a Saturday learning and practicing shamatha meditation, also known as “tranquillity meditation” or “calm abiding” in the Buddhist tradition.  Shamatha promotes mindfulness, stability, and calmness, helps reduce both physical and mental stress, and lays a foundation for more advanced meditation practices such as vipassana or “insight meditation.”

Led by Lama Nancy, resident teacher at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, the day will alternate instruction with periods of practice and discussion.  Participants will learn basic methods of shamatha meditation, techniques to deepen the meditation experience, and tips for overcoming various obstacles that might arise.

Suitable for those who have not meditated before as well as experienced meditators seeking to deepen their practice.  Bring your own vegetarian lunch if you wish.  Please register by emailing Lama Nancy at

Schedule:  10:00-12:30    Morning session
12:30-1:30      Lunch break
1:30-4:00        Afternoon session

Free; donations welcomed.

Buddhist Refuge Ceremony Sunday, July 17

Dear Friends,

I will be performing the Buddhist Refuge Ceremony on Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm at the Ann Arbor KTC, 614 Miner St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking Refuge, you are welcome to participate.

Refuge is a ceremony in which you formally enter the Buddhist path and take the Buddha, his teachings, and his community as your sources of refuge in this endeavor.  It takes about an hour and there is no charge to participate (though it is customary to make a small offering, such as a white scarf or small donation).

If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please email me:

Lama Nancy