What we're about

We are a Tibetan Buddhist sangha and the purpose of the meetup is to provide a forum for people to come into contact with the Dharma and meditation practice. Our Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are geared towards curious folks who have never stepped into a Buddhist temple, though we also draw experienced practitioners who have been doing this for decades. It's usually a lively mix and everyone is welcome. We ask that first-timers arrive a few minutes early for a quick orientation before practice begins.

Upcoming events (5+)

Silent Sitting and Sound Meditation

Karma Thegsum Chöling

Please join us for our Silent Sitting and Sound Meditation every Tuesday evening. Known as Shamata or Silent Sitting meditation practice, this session is open to all who would like to participate. For beginners a short instruction will be given at the beginning of the practice. We have plenty of cushions and chairs, though feel free to bring your own. We start with a short opening prayer then two sessions of meditation. If this is your first visit you may want to arrive a few minutes earlier to acquaint yourself with the center. We ask that you remove shoes before entering the shrine room. Our instructors at Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville have received approval to teach the Buddhist method of meditation from the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (http://www.kagyu.org/). Most attendees don't find us through the meetup, so even if nobody else RSVPs here you won't be the only one at the session. Our classes and meditation sessions are free and open to the public. If you are able, a small donation to help support the center would be greatly appreciated.

Buddhism Basics

Karma Thegsum Chöling

Buddhism Basics is an informal introduction to the practice, philosophy, history, etiquette, etc. of Tibetan Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu tradition. The format and content will change weekly, but we will regularly refer to Dharma Paths by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. We have a few copies for sale at the center, or you can order it from Amazon or Namse Bangdso (http://www.namsebangdzo.com/). Most attendees don't find us through the meetup, so even if nobody else RSVPs here you won't be the only one at the session. Our classes and meditation sessions are free and open to the public. If you are able, a small donation to help us keep the lights on would be greatly appreciated.

Silent Sitting Mediation \ Book Study

Location visible to members

Please join us for Silent Sitting Meditation from 9:30-10:00am. Saturday morning’s session is informal meditation scheduled before our new book study. Please have a seat and meditate for 15-30 minutes whatever you feel comfortable . At 10:00am we will be starting our book study on His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje's Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society. "Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community." Your are always welcome to stay after for our tradition chanting practice. A member of our center will be available for questions if you’ve never practiced before. Our practices are open to beginners and advanced practitioners alike and are free of charge. We ask that you remove shoes before entering the shrine room. Most attendees don't find us through the meetup, so even if nobody else RSVPs here you won't be the only one at the session. While our classes are free it is always appreciated if you are able to make a small donation to help support the center.

Silent Sitting and Sound Meditation

Karma Thegsum Chöling

Please join us for our Silent Sitting and Sound Meditation every Tuesday evening. Known as Shamata or Silent Sitting meditation practice, this session is open to all who would like to participate. For beginners a short instruction will be given at the beginning of the practice. We have plenty of cushions and chairs, though feel free to bring your own. We start with a short opening prayer then two sessions of meditation. If this is your first visit you may want to arrive a few minutes earlier to acquaint yourself with the center. We ask that you remove shoes before entering the shrine room. Our instructors at Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville have received approval to teach the Buddhist method of meditation from the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (http://www.kagyu.org/). Most attendees don't find us through the meetup, so even if nobody else RSVPs here you won't be the only one at the session. Our classes and meditation sessions are free and open to the public. If you are able, a small donation to help support the center would be greatly appreciated.

Past events (706)

Silent Sitting Mediation \ Book Study

Needs a location

Photos (48)

Find us also at