KTC’s Podcasts Bring Dharma to New Audiences

During the last year, many of you have found KTC online through our Virtual Shrine Room on Zoom. But you might not know that KTC also has a podcast presence on the web.

In 2017, we launched the “KTC Dharma Talks” podcast on iTunes. Since then, we’ve reached hundreds – and perhaps thousands – of listeners with audios of our 11:30 AM Sunday Dharma Talks.

Here’s some statistics about the KTC podcast:

  • Since January 1, 2017 we have published 177 episodes of the Dharma Talk Podcast 
  • We’ve had a total of 39,193 lifetime listens.
  • The average numbers of listens per episode is 211.
  • The highest number of listens to date is 797 for our special “history of KTC” podcast titled, “A Lotus Blooms in Central Ohio,” making it the most popular episode by almost double the number of listens compared to the next highest number.

Don Fortner, a photographer and designer who is also a voiceover artist, is the “voice of the KTC Podcasts.” His is the voice you hear introducing the weekly talks. 

“I enjoy helping to bring the Dharma Talks to people who might not be able to attend KTC in person,” Don said. “and it is great to be part of the effort to build an archive of dharma that can be accessed from virtually anywhere on the planet, for years to come.”  He also enjoys working with KTC’s lamas and meditation instructors, and the rest of the KTC recording team, which includes volunteers Ron Hess and Joseph Francik.

We all look forward to a future time when we can get together again, but until then, we hope you will join Don for the KTC Dharma Talk Podcasts on iTunes and other platforms.

May all beings benefit!

The 10th and 11th Karmapas

Happy Saka Dawa! In honor of this sacred day commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, Meditation Instructor Eric Weinberg recalls his life and his teachings – particularly his thoughts on hope & fear, the 8 worldly concerns.

We also continue with our series on the lives of Karmapas: today looking at the 10th and 11th Karmapas, who worked skillfully and patiently in a time of enormous political upheaval. There were great losses in those times at the hands of the Mongol Horde, in part due to corruption in the Tibetan noble & religious bureaucracies. Their lives are a powerful demonstration of fortitude & how cutting through the entanglements of hope & fear – the eight worldly concerns – ultimately brings enormous benefit.