Our Dharma Study Group

(Note: From June 7 through September 6, 2017 the Study Group will be on summer recess. We look forward to seeing you again in September.)

In this weekly session, we participate in group study and discussion of a Dharma text from our lineage. We pick texts that are of interest to both new and long-term students, and we generally alternate between introductory material and more advanced topics. Our objective is to stimulate discussion about the Dharma and how it applies to our everyday lives. The study group is a great place for beginners to start as there are many opportunities to ask questions of more experienced practitioners. We begin each session with a period of sitting meditation. Please feel free to attend any one or more classes. New participants are welcome at any time.

Study Group Schedule


  • 7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Sitting meditation
  • 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Group discussion and study

 Current Study Session

We are currently reading together His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s “A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night”, which is his commentary on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Shantideva’s classic is central to the Mahayana view in all Tibetan traditions and most other Asian sects.  Shantideva is especially venerated for placing Bodhichitta, the altruistic attitude to free all beings from suffering, at the center of all practice and study.  We take turns reading aloud and discussing, so feel free to drop in.  Copies are available at the center.  All are welcome!


Other Details

We rely on membership dues and donations to maintain our center. Your offerings are greatly appreciated. Suggested donation (not required) for each class is $10.

For further information, please email us at piedmont.ktc.info@gmail.com or call 919-968-9426.

Come enjoy this opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest with others interested in the Dharma.