Tibetan Lama Kathy Wesley Visits IUP

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The Indiana County Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC), a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center located on Philadelphia Street, and IUP organization Friends of Himalayan Buddhism hosted a series of talks with Lama Kathy Wesley. Wesley was a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, who is a highly-regarded Buddhism instructor.

Wesley is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since the late 1970s. Her recent visit to IUP marks her third.

Beginning on Friday, April 20, Wesley delivered a speech in the HUB Monongahela Room regarding the effects of devoting oneself to one's community, the planet and themselves. The following day, Wesley presented a second talk followed by a Life Release ceremony.

Life Release is a practice central to Buddhism, which involves saving animals that are set to be killed. During Wesley's presentation, she offered Indiana residents to bring their pets in order to receive a blessing.

After a third set of speeches on Sunday, Wesley conducted a brief meditation session before concluding her visit with a prayer ceremony for Earth Day.

The Indiana KTC's presentation of Lama Kathy Wesley coincided with a series of Tibetan Buddhism Earth Day ceremonies. The center plans to host Wesley's instructor, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, next fall. Until then, the center offers a series of meditation sessions for anyone interested in the practice.

(Screenshot of Indiana County KTC's Meditation Fall 2011 Meditation Schedule; Courtesy of Indiana County KTC website)

Slideshow Featuring Images From Wesley's Visit, Informational Photos

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