The Hay River KTC Meditation Center loves to welcome new visitors – it’s an important part of our broader mission to be an open and harmonious place for people to make contact with the Dharma.
Wondering what we do at Hay River KTC or when you can visit?
Best Times to Visit:
10 a.m. Sundays – Meditation or Chanting, depending on the week
11:00 a.m. Sundays – usually a teaching by Lama Yeshe. Check the calendar to confirm there is a teaching when you want to come.
What to Wear:
Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for sitting cross-legged on cushions. Short-shorts, short skirts and tank tops are discouraged. Note: We also have chairs for sitting, so feel free to use them during your visit!
Where we are located:
The Hay River KTC Meditation Center is located in Ridgeleand, Wisconsin. Directions here.
The Hay River KTC Meditation Center was organized in 1997 as an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, 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.
The property and buildings use environmental best practices and woodland management guidelines in line with the guidance of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa – read about the green initiatives here.
June 11 at the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat
Would you like to develop a meditation practice? Lama Yeshe, an ordained monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, will show how mindfulness can improve our peace of mind. Our habit of worrying about the past and speculating about an imagined future shift our focus away from the present moment, the only time we really have. Meditation practice can help to train our minds to be here and now. The retreat will include meditation instruction, time to practice and a vegetarian potluck lunch eaten mindfully. There is a suggested $25 donation but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Tuesday Night Classes Eau Claire Dharma Book Study
The Eau Claire book class with Lama Yeshe continues. The Tuesday night classes are held in the lower level of the UU Congregational Building located at 421 Farwell Street in Eau Claire. The text is “Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Globla Society” by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. There is a suggested donation of $25 a month, but no one will be turned away if unable to pay.
“Buddhism for Inmates”
Lama Yeshe teaches and offers meditation instruction two or three times a month at the prison where he used to work, Jackson Correctional Institution. Closed teaching for inmates only.
May 19-21 at the KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY Healing from Trauma
Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering – its source, its cause and how it can be relieved. This retreat, which combines knowledge gained from Western psychological science and Buddhist teachings, is designed to help people of all denominations recover from traumatic experiences and loss. We also tap into creativity to explore healing through the arts.
The Hay River KTC has a regular Sunday Practice schedule with Lama Tsultrim Yeshe.
Lama Yeshe is available for meditation instruction and personal consultation. This can be set up with him personally; the Lama can be reached at (715) 949-1407 by phone, or at email@example.com.
Our Sunday programs start at 10am. On the Sundays when Lama Yeshe is in residence there is usually a talk or a book chat following from 11:30-12:30. The current book is Dharma Paths by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Consult the above schedule for more specific information.
Hay River KTC is also one of the few Dharma Centers in the US that offers the Nyungne fasting and purification practice on a regular basis. This is entirely due to Lama Tsultrim Yeshe, who makes this amazing practice available to us.
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe (John Samuelson) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1989. He completed the first three-year retreat at Karme Ling Under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche earning the title “Retreat Lama.” He took novice monk vows in 1994 from Tai Situ Rinpoche and fully ordained monastic vows in 2008 from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
Lama Yeshe is the resident Lama at the Hay River Karma Thegsum Choling located in Western Wisconsin. He travels throughout the country to other Buddhist centers to teach and lead retreats, as well as holistic learning centers like the Omega Institute.
He worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 8 years as a prison Chaplain. He continues to do volunteer work in the prison teaching meditation, Buddhism and giving guidance. He has gained valuable experience working with inmates in a medium security prison. Many of them having difficult and abusive childhoods, anger management problems, and high levels of anxiety and stress.
Lama Yeshe has a BS degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and did graduate work in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He taught Sociology 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
He has also worked doing construction, building new houses and remodeling, and before that, furniture reupholstery. He likes woodworking, building and working with his hands. The Hay River KTC is in a stone building he built, with some help from friends, in 1977 as a shop. It was later remodeled, with the help of volunteers from the center, and converted into its present form.
Lama Yeshe has lived at his present location, a farmstead built in the 1890’s, near Ridgeland Wisconsin since 1971.
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe is available for meditation instruction and personal consultation. This can be set up with him personally; the Lama can be reached at (715) 949-1407 by phone, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS.
About the video
Lama Yeshe recently presented a weekend program at the Gainesville KTC on The healing Power of Forgiveness, offered in its entirety here.
This series was inspired by his work as a prison chaplain where he would often hear inmates say “I wish I could forgive myself” or “I wish my family would forgive me.” What the inmates usually left out was forgiving those that had hurt them, their enemies.
These three types of forgiveness will be covered during the program: forgiving yourself, having those you have hurt forgive you, and forgiving those toward whom you have anger and resentment.
The sessions include teachings, meditation, and discussion.
The four meditation sessions are Tong Len practice: loving yourself, forgiving yourself, working with people you want to forgive you, forgiving people who have harmed you.
Emotional Healing: A Buddhist Perspective
About the video
Lama Yeshe took part in a program in Newtown, Connecticut in March of 2013: Sandy Hook Promise: Violence, Loss and Emotional Healing: A Buddhist Perspective at Congregation Adath Israel.
The panel consisted of Lama Yeshe, David Kaczynski (brother of the Unabomber), James Knoll IV (forensic psychiatrist) and Lama Kathy Wesley (3-year retreatant).
Lama Yeshe presented a retreat on Forgiveness and Emotional Healing at the Christine Center on May 8-10, 2017. There were lots of happy faces!! It is a great place for retreats and we will be offer more there in the future. The Christine Center, located near Willard, WI, is managed by Catholic nuns. Forgiveness …
I gave a talk in Alpine, Texas while in that part of the state. The talk was on Healing Emotions. Here is a overview for those who missed it: Some emotions create wounds while others create healing. Our minds naturally want to heal when injured just like our bodies. The difference is the body tries …
I visited David Kaczynski and Linda Patric in Texas in late April. While there I gave a talk titled Change, Chaos and Contentment. Here is a summary of what I said: Because of impermanence and interdependence we are constantly experiencing new and unpredictable situations. Change and chaos are normal. With an understanding of this we …