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
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.
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.
Lama Yeshe article on “Living Sustainably”
Khenpo Karthar's 2012 visit
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
as a birthday gift to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.