The Maitreya Center is a newly built meditation hall and community space on the grounds of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Buddhist Monastery, in Wappingers Falls, New York. KTC’s resident abbot, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, founded the Maitreya Center to fulfill the vision of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.
Overlooking the Hudson River, the Maitreya Center has shrine halls in both the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. In addition, it has accommodations for spiritual teachers; a community and cultural gathering space; and facilities for classes, Dharma projects, and the preservation of sacred texts. Photos of the new building will be forthcoming, and many of the pages on this website will be updated as construction is now complete due to the support of so many of you. Thank you so much!
Kagyu Thubten Chöling and its centers are branches of the Palpung Institution. It is with great pleasure to announce that the year 2016 marks the grand opening of the Maitreya Center. My sincere wish is that everyone, both near and far, may participate in this joyful occasion and support the center's activities in whatever way possible.
Statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya Now Complete!
The Maitreya statue that graces the main hall of the Maitreya Center depicts the future buddha seated on a throne in royal posture, with his feet resting on a lotus at the base of the throne. His hands are at his heart in the hand gesture of teaching the Dharma, holding the stems of two lotuses that flower at either side of him. On the lotus to his left is a sacred vase filled with nectar, satisfying the needs of all beings and pacifying their suffering. On the lotus to his right is the Dharma wheel, representing the teachings to come in Maitreya’s time.
The 7th North American Kagyu Monlam was the first public event held in the Maitreya Center!
Our deep gratitude to the Very Venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche for presiding over the Monlam and for being a shining light of inspiration for us all.
The Maitreya Center is a branch temple of the Palpung Institution under the guidance of Kenting Tai Situpa, the main teacher to the 17th Karmapa. It is a complete, traditional monastery for the Dharma to flourish.
Lama Norlha Rinpoche completed over six years of retreat in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions, in Tibet. He then served as the retreat master at Kalu Rinpoche’s centers in India, and has been Kagyu Thubten Chöling’s abbot since its founding in 1978.
The purpose of the Maitreya Center extends beyond building physical facilities; it aims to foster spiritual community by bringing us together under the umbrella of Maitreya’s compassion.
“Buddha Maitreya is the total embodiment of the enlightened love and compassion of all buddhas and bodhisattvas throughout the ten directions.”
~Lama Norlha Rinpoche
Simply beholding the Buddha’s image for a moment brings peace to our mind and awakens the cause for our spiritual potential, our buddha nature, to shine forth.
With natural inks and watercolors on traditional rice paper, Tai Situpa’s brush strokes vibrantly express Tibetan Buddhist themes. Originals and high-quality reproduction prints are now available.
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