Lama Kathy Wesley
The Five Forces, The Bodhisattva Vow

August 18-21, 2016

Lama Kathy Wesley Karma Thegsum Chöling (San Diego) Buddhist Meditation Center, is again pleased and fortunate to have Lama Kathy Wesley returning to share the genuine Dharma in her clear and thoughtful way.

Lama Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three- year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karmé Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Now, as a Lama, Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling as its practice coordinator, and travels to other Buddhist centers throughout the country to teach. Kathy is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Michael Wesley.

Events Schedule

Thursday, August 18
The Five Forces 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

(Lunch break Noon – 2:00)

The Five Forces
We all want to live better, healthier, happier lives. But so often our old negative habits get in the way of successful change and leave us feeling frustrated and defeated.

This workshop will examine the methods for positive change contained in the teachings of the Buddha – such as meditation and Buddhist ethics – and will offer strategies for overcoming the bad habits that stand in the way of change. Interactive discussion will help participants take home a plan of action for strengthening their own dharma path. Teachings will be based on a 19th Century text by dharma master Jamgon Kongtrul.

KTC San Diego Shrine Room
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(Seating is Limited)

KTC San Diego will hold our regular Thursday practices following the teaching. Please join us!
Sadhana Practice 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Medicine Buddha Sadhana KTC San Diego Shrine Room open to the public
Sadhana Practice 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Chenrezig – Amitabha Combined Sadhanas
Friday, August 19
Private Interviews with Lama Kathy 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Lama Kathy will be available for personal interviews to discuss your meditation practices and other Dharma interests.  Interviews are by appointment only. If you would like a personal interview with Lama Kathy, please email to set up an appointment. To Be Provided with appt times – email for appointment and location
Fundraising Dinner and Presentation by Lama Kathy
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fundraising Dinner with Lama Kathy Wesley
Please join us for dinner and a presentation by Lama Kathy about Sacred Space, Buddhist Stupas and Pilgrimage. Lama Kathy will share images from her Stupa Visit Tours among others, and bring us a deeper understanding of sacred space both within and without.  There will also be special door prizes of Dharma related items selected by Lama Kathy.This dinner event is to raise money for Karma Thegsum Chöling, Columbus, Ohio. Lama Kathy is the resident Lama of KTC Columbus, Ohio. KTC Columbus suffered a great loss last November when the center’s home caught fire and burned completely to the ground. Your donations will help KTC Columbus as they work to recover and rebuild from this loss.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito  Suggested Donations of $25.00 taken at the door.
Saturday, August 20
 A Courageous and Compassionate Path: Taking the Bodhisattva Vow
(Day One)
 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon A Courageous and Compassionate Path:
Taking the Bodhisattva Vow
When we hear about the power of bodhicitta – the “mind of awakening” that helps us cultivate compassion and overcome the deadening effects of egotism – we feel inspired, and want to take up the path of the bodhisattva – “one who holds the mind of awakening.”
But what does it take to travel on this path? And how do we deal with the challenges we find along the way? 

This weekend program introduces bodhicitta and the path of the bodhisattva using teachings from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, who says that strong awareness of our own faults (and the determination to overcome them) coupled with self-compassion and methods for increasing love for ourselves and others, are the basis for a path of self-transformation that will make our lives meaningful and the world a better place.

The program begins Saturday with background teachings to place the Vow in context of our development in buddhadharma. The Buddhist Refuge Vow and the Bodhisattva Vow will be given during the Sunday morning portion of the weekend program, and methods for keeping the vow will be given Sunday afternoon. Those taking the Bodhisattva Vow for the first time are requested to take at least one other teaching session during the weekend.

KTC San Diego Shrine Room
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(Seating is Limited)




 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM Lunch Break
 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM A Courageous and Compassionate Path: Taking the Bodhisattva Vow – Day One, Session Two KTC San Diego Shrine Room
Sunday, August 21
 A Courageous and Compassionate Path: Taking the Bodhisattva Vow
(Day Two)
  10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon 10:00 AM:   Refuge Ceremony

10:30 AM:  Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony 

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon:  Day Two, Session One

KTC San Diego Shrine Room
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(Seating is Limited)

  12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM  Lunch Break
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM  Day Two, Session Two
Monday, August 22
Aspiration and Inspiration:  Deepening Our Dharma Practice
(Day One)
   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon The study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings could be said to be a journey of ever-deepening wisdom and compassion. We may have read many books, attended many teachings, and done hours and hours of meditation practice. But it seems there is always more to learn and to cultivate. This workshop will offer advice on how to maintain and deepen our inspiration and aspiration for dharma study and practice over the long haul, and how meditation, recitation, compassion and devotion can our journey even deeper still.

(Day One, Session One)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito
   100 2:Noon – 2:00 PM  Lunch Break
 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM  (Day One, Session Two)
Tuesday, August 23
Aspiration and Inspiration:  Deepening Our Dharma Practice
(Day Two)
   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (Day Two, Session One) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito
   12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM  Lunch Break
 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Day Two, Session Two)


  • Seating for the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday events is very limited.  Seating will be reserved first for everyone who has registered online here. Anyone showing up at the door without having registered, will be giving seating if available, but cannot be guaranteed a
  • You do not have to submit a donation to register here online. You may choose the option to submit a donation by check and make an offering at the door.
  • If you attempt to register and receive a notice that the event is sold out, please email “” to be added to the wait list.
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