KTC shrine

Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) of Indiana County will hold a celebration of the Tibetan Losar (New Year) at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) of Indiana County, a traditional Tibetan meditation center, welcomes the Indiana community to join in celebrating the Tibetan New Year of the Earth Dog at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The celebration will begin with a Chenrezig meditation practice that promotes compassion for oneself and the community. The celebration will continue at 11 a.m. with meditation instruction and a short session of quiet, sitting meditation, followed at 11:30 a.m. with a rice and tea ceremony.

From noon to 1 p.m., visitors are welcome to view the full traditional Tibetan meditation shrine, view videos on Tibetan Buddhism and talk with members of the center. Tibetan Losar 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog, which represents loyalty, protection and friendship.

The Losar celebration will take place at 655 Church St., Suite E324, on the third floor of the R&P Building. (To reach the KTC Center, take the elevator to the third floor and turn left off the elevator. It is the first door on the right.)

The Losar celebration is free and open to the public. All faith traditions and children are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to join for one or more of the events throughout the morning.

The Indiana County KTC is one of more than three dozen similar nonprofit centers in North and South America affiliated with Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, one of the main Tibetan monasteries in the U.S. KTC is part of the Karma Kagyu tradition, one of the four main traditions in Tibetan Buddhism.

The Indiana County KTC provides meditation instruction, weekly meditation sessions, book discussions and weekend talks by visiting Tibetan Buddhist scholars and meditation masters.

For more information, please go to www.indianacountyktc.org or call (724) 762-0687.