Albuquerque Karma Thegsum Choling
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Updated November 15, 2015

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We regularly invite Lamas from our lineage to visit our center for teachings and empowerments. For those interested in taking refuge, or who seek a personal interview with a Lama, these can generally be arranged with any of the Lamas during their visits. Contact us for information.

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The 17th Karmapa
Founded in 1982, the Albuquerque Karma Tegsum Chöling (KTC) is an affiliate center of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa. We follow the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, as well as Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of KTD Monastery, and the Lamas and teachers of KTD.
Visit the Albuquerque KTC to:
  • Experience an extraordinary space for group and individual practice.
  • Attend visits and teachings by highly respected, authentic Lamas.
  • Receive instruction in meditation and Buddhist fundamentals.
  • Participate in Buddhist-friendly social activities and outings.
  • Establish a personal connection with the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, founded in Tibet, 900 years ago!
We invite you to visit the Albuquerque KTC, one of the first Buddhist centers established in New Mexico. Information for beginners in Buddhism and meditation is provided by appointment. A traditional tantric puja (chanting & meditation) is held
every Sunday at 10:00AM
(visitors welcome).

How does KTC compare to other Tibetan Buddhist centers in Albuquerque? Click here to find out!

More in-depth introductory dharma classes are also offered periodically. The center also maintains a library of books on Tibetan Buddhism, as well as audio and video recordings of teachings. Please contact us for information on the availability of these materials for check-out.

KTC group photo

In our activities, we place the emphasis on our direct connection with His Holiness, the Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu Lineage, and on traditional Vajrayana (tantric) practices and Lojong (Mind Training), with the aim of calming the mind and emotions, and developing spiritual insight and wisdom.

For instruction and guidance, we rely upon the Lamas and teachers of KTD Monastery, who regularly visit our center. In the words of the Mahamudra Lineage Supplication, "the lama opens the door to the profound oral teachings." The center's ability to maintain this connection and practice depends on the support and participation of practitioners.

For information on our activities, call 505-343-0692 or email For comments or problems concerning this web site, please contact
Sunday morning group
(Above photo) Group activities include the Sunday morning puja (liturgy recitation, chanting, and meditation).
sand manadala
Building a Chenrezig sand mandala under the guidance of Lama Karma Chöpal (not in photo).
Group photo with Lama Tashi
Könchog Chidu group with Lama Tashi Dondup, April 2013.
Earth Day Prayers
Earth Day Prayers at Bachechi Open Space.