Weekly Practice Schedule


10:00 a.m. - On the first Sunday of the month we practice the White Tara. Click for details
10:00 a.m - The rest of the month our weekly practice alternates between shamatha meditation and Chenrezig practice. Please call for more information.

The Hay River KTC Meditation Center was organized in 1997 as an affiliate center of KTD (Woodstock, NY). Our purpose is to make available to all who are interested the teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. We are, in particular, a retreat center for the Nyungne practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. Our main teachers are His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. We are located in rural west central Wisconsin just outside of Ridgeland.
We all have a spark of goodness in us, a powerful potential for developing warmth, openness, tenderness, sanity, and an incomparable sense of well-being and richness that cannot be approached by material or physical wealth and comfort.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.


Update on Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Lama Yeshe just returned from KTD after attending the retreat for those of us who have completed a three year retreat. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche attended part of it but due to health issues he was absent most of the retreat. He had another “minor stroke” similar to one he had two years ago. He recovered fully then and is expected to recover fully from this as well. The problem is eye pain and difficulty seeing. Lama Karma had been in Nepal since October attending an extended series of teachings and empowerments and was to travel to the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya from there. Instead he returned to KTD on December 12 to help take care of Rinpoche. Lama Karma quickly passed on to us that Rinpoche wants to attend the consecration of the newly rebuilt Thrangu monastery in Tibet on August 15. So Rinpoche feels he will be in good condition next year. As I am one of his monks and Lamas Lama Yeshe is invited to go with him. Lama Yeshe doesnít know if his body can take the high altitude but he‘ll see what the doctor has to say.

As you practice, it is good to dedicate the merit to the good health and long life on Rinpoche and all our wonderful teachers.

Our Center recently completed our very first 8-session Nyungne retreat.

This is the first time any of the KTCs held an 8 Nyungne retreat. The successful completion of the retreat brings great benefit to the participants, the center, the area and all sentient beings. There will be another one scheduled next year around the same time. Please consider attending.
Nyungne retreats require participating in three 1,000-armed Chenrezig sessions each day. Every other day, participants fast, refraining from food, drink, and speech. During the retreat Lama Yeshe gave teachings on the practice during the days we could talk. Some days we also learned to make torma and there were drumming lessons. People took turns being the shrine keeper and drummer. The participants deepened their understanding of the practice in a way that would be difficult to accomplish by doing one or two at a time.
Everyone stayed in the house and that went smoothly once the routine developed. It was unseasonably cold, and the few warm days and melting we had generated a large patch of ice in the parking lot area between the house and the shrine building. Lama Yeshe and volunteers cleverly built a bridge over the icy moat with wooden concrete forms, so that practice could proceed without difficulty. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible: the members of the center who helped set it up, the volunteer cooks, the donors and the participants who did karma yoga during the retreat.
We now look forward to spring and the events for this coming quarter.

Our Center now provides the opportunity to make a lamp offering.

Because of the association with great good fortune, lamp offerings are made for any individual or family life event that is celebrated, such as the birth of a child, the marriage of a couple, the graduation of a son or daughter, the birthday of a friend, and the anniversary of one's parents.
See more
Lama Yeshe article on “Living Sustainably”
Khenpo Karthar's 2012 visit
Audio from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's October visit is now available

Fundraising Effort for the KTD Monastery Completion

As a part of the SAR Project, KTC Hay River has participated in sponsoring the Gampopa Gateway as a birthday gift to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Director:   Lama Tsultrim YesheKTD (Woodstock, NY)
E-mail: yeshe@chibardun.net
About Lama Yeshe
Assistant Director:     Amy Billman