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Sustain the Vision: Phase 2

It is an auspicious time with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, just completing his third trip to the United States.


Please help support our vision to build the Karmapa a personal sacred space with which to carry out his buddha-activities when we're blessed with a visit by His Holiness to Chicago.


More information on this project, called Sustain the Vision: Phase 2, can be found here. Donations to the Sustain the Vision project can be made directly through PayPal by clicking the link below.



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Om Mani Padme Hum

Free Public Talk

The Mind of Enlightenment

Friday, June 17

7:30 pm


Lama Karma will discuss the development of bodhicitta, or loving kindness and compassion for all, one of the most important qualities that Buddhist practitioners cultivate when doing meditation. This talk will be beneficial for both newcomers and long-time students of Buddhism.



Cultivating Virtue on the Buddhist Path

Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19

10 - 11:30 am, 2:30 - 4 pm


The six excellent virtues of generosity, discipline, patience, joyous effort, meditation and wisdom are the practices of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (those who have generated bodhicitta). By cultivating these qualities, we can we can overcome challenges, enhance our inner strength, and enrich our lives in a meaningful way. This weekend will include teachings, meditation, and workshops. 


Refuge & Green Tara Empowerment

Saturday, June 18

4:30 pm


Note: On Thursday, June 16, Lama Karma will present a teaching on the practice of Ngondro at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required.  Please click here


Lama Karma Drodhul is a monk on the faculty of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. He has completed two traditional three-year, three-month retreats under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. 


 $100 for Full Weekend (5 sessions)

 $25 per session

 20% discount for members.


 A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need.  Please contact Lama Sean at


 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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