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Lama Kathy Wesley has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat at Karme-Ling Retreat Center, completing the retreat in 1996. She now serves the Columbus KTC as its resident teacher. Lama Kathy has taught regularly at Hartford KTC and other KTCs since ths fall of 1998. She is a delightful and warm person who teaches with clarity, compassion and humor.
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Amitabha Sadhana, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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One introductory/instructional talk and one practice session (with audio and on-screen text) on one DVD.
On this DVD is a 75 minute talk by Lama Kathy Wesley in which she both introduces the Amitabha Sadhana and provides instructions for practicing the sadhana.  This disk concludes with a complete Amitabha Sadhana practice session.  The audio recording of the practice session plays while the words of the sadhana scroll by on full screen so that viewers can use the recorded session as a guide for their own practice.  In the Karma Kagyu tradition, the Amitabha Sadhana is practiced in conjuntion with the Chenrezik Sadhana.  This DVD and a similar DVD of Lama Kathy Wesley introducing and instructing on the Chenrezik Sadhana form an ideal pair for learning both practices.  In addition, for those desiring a more extensive teaching on the Chenrezik practice, foru additional talks (over seven hours of video on two DVDs) are available.  In these four talks Lama Kathy elaborates at length on the Chenrezik practice and places it in the larger context of quiet sitting meditation and compassion practice.  The talks are titled Cultivating the Compassionate Heart:  The Practice of Chenrezik.    These three teachings together provide excellent instruction for students practicing the combined Chenrezik/Amitabha Sadhana.
Approaching Mahamudra, The Realization of Mind: Practices & Preliminaries, DVD
By: Lama Kathy
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According to the Buddha, the nature of our minds is awareness, clarity and emptiness.  If we experience our minds in this way, we live in harmony with all of those around us and experience great inner wisdom, clarity and compassion.  But discovering and experiencing this inner essence can be difficult without a method or teachnique.  Therefore the Buddha taught tranquility and insight meditation to discover and uncover this nature that we all possess.  This weekend seminar teaches both the theory and practice of tranquility and insight meditation based on the Mahamudra meditation teachings of the Karma Kagyu tradition.  All four of lama Kathy’s talk s are lively and humorous and have extensive question and answer sessions.
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Aspiration & Inspiration: Deepening Our Dharma Practice, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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Over time our shamatha practice can become dull. We feel discouraged and lose confidence. What to do about this? Lama Kathy explains that aspiration and inspiration are the bridge to move from simply pacifying your mind to an interest in awakening. By renewing our connection with the Three Jewels (Buddha- the one who has attained some liberation, Dharma - the means by which the liberation is attained, and Sangha - the skillful bodhistattvas who aid and inspire) and the Three Roots (Lama - the root of blessing, Yiddam - the root of accomplishment, and Protectors - the root of dharma activity) we re-establish a personal resonance with enlightened mind. Lama Kathy’s accessible and engaging teaching provides skillful methods for renewing this connection through verses, practices, inspiring stories, thoughts, prayers and words. Lama Kathy’s public talk on The Core of Self Worth is also included in this DVD set.
Buddhism in the Real World
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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We all entertain romantic notions of getting away from the complications of life meditating blissfuly in a secluded retreat amid beuatiful and peaceful surroundings. Yet even if we are able to do this for a while, the demands and complications of life return as as soon as we leave our retreat. So what role do meditation and dharma study play in our day-to-day world?
Building Peace: One Life at a Time, DVD
By: Lama Kathy
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When faced with the complex and painful world situation, it might seem hopeless-that the world and its inhabitants are caught in a web of conflict and suffering.  This delightful and humor-filled talk by Lama Kathy Wesley describes the Buddhist view of conflict and peacemaking, and offers suggestions on how each person can take peace into their own hearts and bring it to the world at large.
Calm Beneath the Waves (DVD)
Calm Beneath the Waves (DVD)
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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This public talk was the beginning of a weekend teaching on The Nine Stages of Meditation which is available in a separate DVD set. In this public talk, Lama Kathy Wesley speaks generally about the theory and practice of Buddhist meditation. She begins by noting that while most individuals have experienced calmness somewhere in their lives, we all long to experience a more consistent peace of mind and that this is often the motivation for seeking information on meditation. Based on the Buddhas first teachings, Lama Kathy explains that happiness and suffering are in the mind and experienced by the mind. Therefore if we want to change our experience of the world, we need to work with our minds. She goes on to describe the practice of meditation, dispelling misconceptions about meditation and showing how meditation works with our minds to bring the calmness, goodness, compassion and wisdom that is the fundamental, awakened nature of our mind. Lama Kathy concludes this talk with an extensive period of group discussion, encouraging participants to comment on the teaching, share stories about their own experience of meditation, and pose questions.  As always, Lama Kathys clear and humorous style of presentation makes the teachings very accessible.
One talk on one DVD.
Chenrezik Sadhana, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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One introductory/instructional talk and one practice session (with audio and on-screen text) on one DVD. On this DVD is a one hour talk by Lama Kathy Wesley in which she both introduces the Chenrezik Sadhana and gives practice instruction for it. Excellent graphics showing the syllables to be visualized are shown on-screen. Also on this disk is the audio portion of a Chenrezik Sadhana practice session at KTD monastery in Woodstock, NY. The words to the sadhana scroll by on full screen so that viewers can use the KTD session as a guide for their own practice session.
Cultivating the Compassionate Heart: The Practice of Chenrezig, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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In these four talks Lama Kathy Wesley discusses quiet sitting meditation, compassion meditation, and the practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Home Shrine and Practice, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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Following introductory remarks to the Hartford KTC sangha, this talk presents teachings on creating a shrine room at home, the purpose and meaning of shrine offerings, and how the shrine relates to our practice.

Introduction to Ngondro Practice, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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This talk presents the meaning of Ngondro, a brief introduction to the Ngondro practices and the rationale for doing those practices. This teaching is based in part on a teaching on the Kagyu lineage supplication presented by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche at KTD.
Medicine Buddha Instruction and Practice, DVD-R
By: Khenpo Jigme & Lama Kathy
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In four sessions the Medicine Buddha practice is explained and demonstrated in detail by Lama Kathy Wesley and Khenpo Jigme.  In the fifth session the practice is performed all the way through.
Nine Stages of Shamatha (DVD)
Nine Stages of Shamatha (DVD)
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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The nine stages of shamatha meditation often are colorfully represented in tangkhas or wall paintings in which the stages are illustrated by a meditator making his way up a path, gradually letting go of distractions, and transforming his relationship with his mind. In the painting, every aspect of this process is depicted symbolically. For example, the mind of dullness is represented by a grey elephant and the mind of agitation or wildness is represented by a monkey. With this engaging painting as a backdrop, Lama Kathy Wesley in Talk 1 provides an extensive instruction on basic meditation: putting the body at ease through meditation postures, putting the mind at ease through mental techniques, and using antidotes and remedies to work with the obstacles of agitation and dullness. She concludes this talk by explaining how to work skillfully with meditation experiences that typically arise -- well-being, clarity, and non-thought. In the subsequent talks, Lama Kathy leads us through the Nine Stages of Shamatha illustration multiple times, first to introduce the symbolic iconography and then to slowly refine our understanding of how we meditate, how our mind develops in meditation, how we work with obstacles, and how we develop the skills of mindfulness and alertness. In her final talk, Lama Kathy explains how the six powers (hearing, contemplation, memory, awareness, diligence and familiarization) can be used to accomplish the nine stages of shamatha meditation. She also provides detailed advice on deepening our practice through short half-day retreats. She concludes by describing the path of practice that follows the nine stages of shamatha. Throughout this weekend, Lama Kathy skillfully and humorously responded to questions from the audience and offered numerous instructions designed to help us bring the benefits of meditation practice into our day-to-day lives.
Four talks on four DVDs.
Source of Unending Joy (DVD)
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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In this engaging public talk, Lama Kathy Wesley takes her listeners on a concise but profound tour of the essence of the Buddhas teachings. Beginning by clearly explaining our fundamental nature of mind as a source of unending joy, she goes on to show how we fail to recognize this joy clearly explaining the nature and characteristics of our confusion. She then presents the essential points of an array of practices to tame our minds, dismantle selfishness, and promote equanimity, patience, and generosity. She gives practical ways to begin in the context of our busy lives and concludes with an inspiring aspiration. This talk includes a lively Q&A session. One talk on one DVD.
Taming, Loving and Freeing: Path of Karma Kagyu In America, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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In these four talks Lama Kathy Wesley presents an overview of how Buddhism came to America. In the context of presenting this history she presents in detail teachings on the methods and practices of the Kagyu lineage used to tame one’s mind, become free of mental afflictions and become loving toward oneself and others. During her talks Lama Kathy leads short sessions of various practices and makes time for several question and answer sessions.
Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is a classic treasury of Mahayana advice by the Tibetan Buddhist master Ngulchu Thogme. In these 37 four-line verses, Thogme describes how a bodhisattva, a being committed to attaining enlightenment for the benefit of suffering beings, would train in the path of sacred selflessness.
Four talks on four DVDs .
Transforming Disturbing Emotions And the Practice of Tonglen (DVD)
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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Cultivating bodhicitta or the mind of awakening through the practice of tonglen and associated lojong practices is presented in this teaching as a complete practice for transforming mental afflictions. Lama Kathy Wesley begins by teaching shamatha or mindfulness meditation. She explains that by practicing mindfulness meditation we can begin to pacify our mental afflictions while at the same time cultivating the mental stability that is a necessary foundation for cultivating Bodhicitta, the mind of awakening. Shamatha alone cannot completely transform mental afflictions because shamatha does not cut the root of mental afflictions which is self clinging. Tonglen practice cultivates relative bodhicitta which transforms mental afflictions by replacing self clinging with compassion and loving kindness for others. Tonglen practice also cultivates ultimate bodhicitta which transforms mental afflictions through realizing emptiness of self. Lama Kathy Wesley’s teaching is lively and accessible. Each teaching session includes questions and answers which clarify the teaching and provide profound examples of the power of tonglen practice to cultivate loving kindness and compassion even in the most difficult circumstances.
Transforming Mental Afflictions, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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Lama Kathy Wesley begins these talks on transforming mental afflictions by talking about mindfulness or calm abiding meditation as the basis for transforming mental aflliction. Mindfulness allows us to recognize mental afflictions, see their destructive nature and generate an aspiration to tame them.
Wheel of Life: Finding Freedom in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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In one colorfull image the whole of our existence as samsaric beings is captured. The Wheel of Life, held in the grip of the fierce looking Yama, the Lord of Death, shows at its very center the three mind poisons of passion, aggression and ignorance which give rise to the Six Realms, the Twelve Nidanas (Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination) and all other aspects of samsaric existence.
Women in Dharma, DVD
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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With the apparent dominance of men in Buddhism, what role have women played in the past, and what role might they play in contemporary practice? Are certain practices gender-based? Is it better for women to do the practices of female deities such as Tara? How can modern women connect to traditional Buddhist practice and make it their own? These and other topics are explored in this free-wheeling, question-and-answer evening chat.
Working with Difficult Situations in Life (DVD)
By: Lama Kathy Wesley
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In this timely public talk, Lama Kathy Wesley explains the root cause of the suffering we experience when we encounter difficult situations in life. This root cause (self clinging) was identified by the Buddha in his earliest teachings.  Lama Kathy goes on to explain that the practices on the Buddhist path are capable of dismantling our egocentric obsession and replacing it with loving kindness and compassion for others. As always, Lama Kathy’s teaching is engaging, clear and accessible. This talk includes extensive questions and answers.