Rebuild KTC Meditation Marathon supporting Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center
Rebuild KTC Meditation Marathon

Our Story: A Fire, A Loss, An Opportunity

For the last 42 years the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling has taught meditation free of charge to the people of Columbus, Ohio. By our estimate, more than 5,000 people have benefitted from our free meditation instruction over the years. In 1990 we bought a place of our own - a small church near downtown Columbus, where we established a meditation hall. 

An arson fire in January 2016 turned our world upside down, endangered our tiny congregations’ dreams.  

But we soon discovered that we could actually use our misfortune in a very Buddhist way - as an opportunity to rebuild and create a center that would help us carry out our mission to teach meditation to the people of Central Ohio in a brand-new way.

 Our new building, now under construction in downtown Columbus, will double the size of our facilities, which we hope will allow even more people to benefit from our programs.

 We believe meditation improves the life and health of our entire community, and invite everyone to help us finish our new sanctuary of kindness in the center of the city.

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Meditation helps people with their physical and mental health and well-being. By providing a place for meditation to be taught free of charge in the center of town, you will be directly contributing to the health and well-being of your community.

But it takes a village to raise a building, and each of the gifts listed below will help build our sanctuary of kindness, brick by brick.

Want to help the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling rebuild its center after an arson fire? 

Join us for the “Rebuild KTC 10-Day Meditation Challenge."

During our special meditation marathon event, individual meditators and teams and can join us in meditating every day from November 7th to November 16th , 2020 to raise awareness about the benefits of meditation – and to raise rebuilding funds for Columbus KTC.

Register now as an individual or team and start finding sponsors to make donations supporting you as you take the 10-Day Meditation Challenge.


Our #RebuildKTC project has inspired a group of KTC friends who call themselves “Men Having Coffee.” They are putting up a $5,000 matching fund challenge. Every dollar raised from NOW through the close of business FRIDAY Nov. 20 will be DOUBLED up to $5,000!

Every dollar donated to sponsor a meditator will help us rebuild our sanctuary of kindness in the center of the city.

We’ve started construction and need just $525,000 to fully fund Basic Construction of our new Meditation Center. Please click the blue “Register” button above and help us raise these important funds. May all beings benefit!

How does the Meditation Challenge work?