“He’s pretty special. When you meet him, you feel very good. People walk out beaming.” Maureen McNicholas is describing Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the abbot of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery (KTD) at the top of Meads Mountain Road in Woodstock. The monastery is preparing to celebrate their leader and founder’s 90th birthday on Sunday, September 1, with special prayers for his longevity. The celebration will have followed a week of teachings by the Tibetan master and two days of puja ceremonies, all open to the public.