Visit KTC Monastery and learn about our Dharma programs. Our monastery hosts ongoing services, meditation sessions, and classes on Buddhism for all levels.
Shakyamuni Shrine Room (in the Main Residence): You are welcome to visit the Shakyamuni Shrine Room in our main residence to meditate. It is open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm daily, unless there is another scheduled program.
Dharma Services and Programs: Unless otherwise noted, services and programs take place in the Shakyamuni Shrine Room. Check our online calendar for a current listing of events, times, and schedule changes.
Daily Prayers: Morning (6:00–8:00 am) and Evening (4:30–6:00 pm; winter or 5:00–6:30 pm; rest of the year). The morning service includes prayers to the bodhisattva Tara and the Medicine Buddha. The evening service includes prayers to Mahakala and other Dharma protectors to pacify obstacles on the path to awakening.
Weekly Offering of Butter Lamps: (Saturday starting at 6:30 am, followed by chanting at 10:00 am). Our community makes a weekly offering of 1,000 butter lamps (symbolizing the Buddha’s wisdom and dispelling the darkness of ignorance), along with bowls of saffron water, rice, incense, and flowers. This offering is accompanied by the recitation of prayers to the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig). At 10:00 am, prayer requests are then announced in the Shakyamuni Shrine Room, followed by a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche.
Ongoing Events: (7:30–8:30 pm on weekdays described). Our ongoing events include an introduction to Buddhist meditation on Monday evenings, group Dharma study on Tuesday evenings, quiet sitting meditation on Wednesday evenings, and the chanting of the Chenrezig practice on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
Special Events: (scheduled on weekends). Our special events include teachings by resident and visiting Dharma teachers, as well as scholars and professionals of various disciplines.
Sponsor Opportunities and Prayer Requests: Sponsoring offerings and meals at a Buddhist monastery is a traditional means of accumulating merit and purifying illness and obstacles. To make an offering, you may donate online at www.kagyu.com. You may make a prayer request with or without an offering. To make a prayer request, email .
Visitor Information and Accommodations: Our monastery welcomes visitors and overnight guests, whether for a scheduled program or personal visit or retreat. Visitor and accommodations information, travel directions, and reservation form are available online.
Dharma Path: The Dharma Path is a program of progressive stages of meditation and contemplation for lay (non-monastic) practitioners. Students are guided through calm-abiding and insight meditation practices, the common and uncommon preliminaries, and deity meditations in the Vajrayana tradition.
Three-Year Retreat: The three-year retreat is a traditional program of intensive meditation practices intended for serious students who wish to train in the core teachings and practices of the Kagyu Lineage. The first three-year retreat at KTC was initiated by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche in 1982; the ninth retreat commenced in 2016.
Affiliated Centers: KTC affiliated centers are located in many states along the east coast of the United States, as well as international affiliates in Peru and Canada. Further information about our centers can be found under contact information at www.kagyu.com.