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Chicago Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) is a Buddhist Meditation center for the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
We are an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje; the head of the 900 year old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world.
* Temporary Closure Due to Covid-19 Pandemic*

Due to the ongoing pandemic and our desire to protect our Sangha members and the larger community, Chicago KTC is postponing in-person meetings until further notice.


In lieu of in-person meetings for the time being, we are gathering to practice virtually on Zoom Sunday mornings at 9:30am. The link to join us via the button below. Texts will be provided through the Zoom screen. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

 The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Chicago KTC

On May 4, 2015, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa fulfilled our request and aspiration to visit Chicago Karma Thegsum Chöling to bless the members of our sangha and the center itself.


His Holiness gave the reading transmission of the Mani mantra and root text “For the Benefit of All Beings” then gave a concise teaching on the importance of the Chenrezig practice which is the heart essence of our center’s practice.

"When we set ourselves the task of cultivating compassion through the practice of Chenrezik, this means we are committing ourselves to opening our eyes to what is really going on. Practicing Chenrezik means bearing witness to the sufferings of others, with loving eyes wide open."


“Our body is limited but our mind has no limits. Our potential for compassion and love is limitless.”


-17th Karmapa at Chicago KTC

There is a wonderful article posted

 which summarizes the event.


We want to thank your Holiness Karmapa from our loving hearts for being a wish-fulfilling jewel and gracing us with your presence.  We pray for your long life and your return to our center again and again.


Karmapa Chenno!

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