Although Columbus KTC hasn’t had its own building since the arson fire of January 2016, we’ve made use of our “nomad” period to look at our core mission and values and how to bring those to the larger community.
Our KTC Mission Statement says our aim is to provide, for all levels of practitioners, a respectful and open community for the study, practice, and activities of Buddhism of the Karma Kagyu tradition under the guidance of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and His Holiness the Seventeeth Gyalwa Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje.
And our KTC Values Statement affirms that our sangha sees all beings as having basic goodness (Buddha Nature) and that we believe in practicing kindness and service to nurture our Buddha Nature and create an uplifted community.
In this spirit, KTC actually increased its outreach activities following the fire. We continued providing Free Meditation Instruction for the Central Ohio community at our temporary location at Congregation Tifereth Israel on the Near East Side, but we also began offering Free Meditation Instruction every Wednesday from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus on Capital Square. In addition, we offer an eight-week “Introduction to Buddhism” course each Sunday at 11:30 AM, as well as a “Dharma Book Study” session, also at 11:30 AM on Sundays.
A full list of our weekly virtual events can be found in our Virtual Shrine Room.
Now that our in-person meetings have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 epidemic, KTC continues its outreach on Facebook Live, presenting Dharma Talks by our resident lamas at 1 PM Sundays on our Columbus KTC Facebook page.
This past month, KTC rolled out yet another means to benefit beings in Central Ohio and beyond – the KTC Dharma Short Films series.
Created by Columbus KTC Meditation Instructor Marcus Casey, the series is meant to help illuminate points covered in our “Introduction to Buddhism” classes. We’re incredibly excited by the work Marcus has done, and look forward to sharing more of these Dharma Short Films for you in the coming months!
Fun fact: KTC is an all-volunteer organization funded 100 percent by donations. We are seeking to rebuild our center, destroyed in an arson fire in early 2016; all donations for rebuilding are appreciated!