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Visitor’s Guide

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Due to the fire at our center on January 31st, Columbus KTC is now holding services at Congregation Tifereth Israel at 1354 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205. Please join us there!

Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling loves to welcome new visitors – it’s an important part of our broader mission to be an open and harmonious place for people to make contact with the Dharma.

Wondering what we do at Columbus KTC or when you can visit? Read on to answer those questions and more!

Best Times to Visit:

10 a.m. Sundays – “Introduction to Meditation” class
11:30 a.m. Sundays – “Introduction to Buddhism” class

What to Wear:

Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for sitting cross-legged on cushions. Short-shorts, short skirts and tank tops are discouraged. Note: We also have chairs for sitting, so feel free to use them during your visit!

Sundays at KTC

The best time to visit the Columbus KTC is Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. That is when we have our one-hour-long Open Public Sitting Meditation period, as well as our free one-hour Introduction to Meditation class. If you plan to come to either program, please arrive at least five minutes before 10 to allow time for getting settled in.

The Open Public Sitting Meditation in the Lower Social Hall at Tifereth; Sunday greeters will show you the way. Participants can sit on cushions on the floor or on chairs at the rear of the Main Shrine Room. The session consists of 25 minutes of quiet sitting followed by 10 minutes of silent walking meditation (in a circle in the shrine room) and 25 more minutes of quiet sitting. No opening or closing prayers are recited, but a meditation gong is rung to mark the sitting and walking periods and the session is led by a Meditation Umdze (leader).

You may sit for all or part of the session. Some choose to sit for only the first half of the session, and go downstairs for tea during the second half. Others choose to join during the walking meditation and stay for the second half. Please enter and exit quietly and respectfully, and keep voices low in the Meeting Hall.

Introduction to Meditation class takes place in Room 204 on the second floor of Tifereth; Sunday greeters will show you the way. It consists of a brief introduction to the mission and activities of the KTC, a short meditation lesson, a short meditation practice, and a question period.

If you’re not free on Sundays, you can call the KTC at (614) 228-6546 to schedule your Introduction to Meditation Class on another day.

Come for tea. At 11 a.m. every Sunday, at the conclusion of our Open Public Sitting Meditation period, we have announcements in the Lower Social Hall and then break for tea upstairs in the atrium.

Stay for class. At 11:30 a.m. every Sunday, we have one-hour Dharma Talks at the KTC. In Room 204, we offer our free, eight-week Introduction to Buddhism course. The course is designed so that you can join at any point – your first visit to KTC is fine! – and covers a variety of basic Buddhist topics. In the Lower Social Hall, we have a one-hour Dharma Talk on various topics, taught either by Resident Teacher Lama Kathy Wesley, or by a senior student of the Columbus KTC.

Sundays are also good days for Tibetan sadhana practice – chants and mantras in the Tibetan language. We have sadhana texts for you to use that have Tibetan script, English phonetics, and English translation.

8:30 AM Sundays (in the Lower Social Hall) – the 90-minute Green Tara sadhana (White Tara 1st Sunday), a chant of the feminine Bodhisattva of Compassion, whose practice is done to remove obstacles and develop our inner compassionate response.

10-11 a.m. Puja – Nursery

  • First & Second & Fifth Sunday: Chenrezig sadhana
    This chanting meditation invokes the bodhisattva of compassion, Chenrezig and is aimed at awakening and expanding our compassion for all beings.
  • Third Sunday: Mahakala sadhana
    A chanting meditation aimed at helping us learn to turn away from negative action and tame anger, jealousy and other negative mental afflictions.
  • Fourth Sunday: Ngondro practice session
    The Ngondro, or Preliminary, practices prepare practitioners for Mahamudra meditation, the Kagyu version of Insight (called Vipassana in Sanskrit, and Lhaktong in Tibetan). Special permission and instructions are required.

The schedule can change for special events please check with our calendar before planning your visit.

Tuesdays at KTC

Chenrezig/Amitabha Sadhana on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Lower Social Hall.

The Chenrezig/Amitabha Sadhana is a one-hour long chanting and meditation practice recited in the Tibetan language. Chenrezig is the Tibetan form of the Indian Buddhist Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is invoked as a means to increase compassion in our minds and lives. Amitabha is the Buddha of the Western Pure Land of Dewachen (Sukhavati in Sanskrit) whose practice is done to benefit both the living and those who have passed away.

Sadhana participants sit on the floor or on chairs in front of tables that hold their prayer books. Prayer books containing the practice, along with English pronunciation and English translations of the prayers, is available for all participants to use. You can read silently, chant along, or merely sit and meditate or observe.

Donations

There is no charge to visitors for our regular weekly programs. However, as Columbus KTC operates solely on donations from the local community. Your contributions are joyfully accepted! You can also donate online.