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Five beautiful minutes in our Foyer.

“Gate Opening” at Söpa Chöling

August 20, 2017 marked the end not only of the final phase of the Group G three year retreat at Sopa Choling, but also of the last three year retreat cycle at Gampo Abbey. Although there is some talk to start over this magnificent opportunity for deep practice somewhere else, presently things are all “up in the air”.

In the nineteenth century, the first three year retreats were designed and taught by the great Buddhist master, Jamgön Kongtrül, Lodrö Thaye (1813–1899). These retreats remain one of the most important institutions of Buddhism. On September 24, 1990, the third Jamgön Kongtrül blessed the three year retreat building and named the retreat center at Gampo Abbey “Söpa Chöling” or “Dharma Place of Patience”. Looking backwards: how appropriate!

The curriculum was designed by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche for the Shambhala Buddhist community, including: Guru Yogas of Gampopa, Milarepa and Marpa; Könchok Chidü; Mahāmudrā; Vajrayoginī; Chakrasaṃvara; Six Dharmas of Nāropa; Jinasāgara/Gyalwa Gyatso; Kriṣhṇachola/Pernakchen. In December 1990, Thrangu Rinpoche gave the necessary abhiṣhekas and explanations for these retreat practices which are done in English using the liturgies and commentaries so skillfully translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee.

Seven groups of retreatants have completed the three year retreat cycle, a total of 64 individuals, starting on December 23, 1990 with the “courageous thirteen”: Pema Chödrön, Lodrö Sangpo, Tingdzin Ötro, Migme Chödrön, Ruth Astor, Poppy Cox, Richard John, Sharon Keegan, Ravinder Rai, Richard Roth, Steve Seely, Susan Shaw, Cara Thornley.

The Gate Opening Ceremony on August 20 lifted the boundaries of the strict retreat allowing the ten retreatants to join their “eighty something” friends who had gathered to celebrate their accomplishment. The ceremony was lead by Larry Mermelstein, Director of the Nalanda Translation Committee, and Nancy Huszagh, the Druppon (retreat master) of the retreat.

 

For additional photos see the slide show/gallery at:

https://gampoabbey.org/sopa-choling-2/group-g-3-year-retreat-final-gate-opening-ceremony/

 

 

Vision of KCCL

Welcome to our website. Here you can learn about the vision, activities and monthly schedule of Karma Changchub Ling and its residential meditation center. Please feel free to join us so that we can grow into a mutually supportive and enriching Buddhist community based on the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma traditions.

Welcome in particular to the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, namely, the group of our main advisors, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. Welcome also to the teachers who greatly inspire us, the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the late V.V. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Welcome, furthermore, to all the other teachers and practitioners of the genuine Buddhadharma involved with creating enlightened society in our modern world.

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His Holiness’ visit to Canada

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (http://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa/), at 31 years old, is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first Canadian tour arrived at its final stop, Vancouver, on June 17th. His Holiness was warmly received by local Tibetans and members of the legislative assembly for Burnaby and Richmond cities at the airport.

After visiting various Buddhist centers, greatly delighting the participants, from June 23 to 24, His Holiness gave his final teaching of his first Canadian tour to over 2000 followers in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. The two-day teaching dealt with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice.

At the end of this memorable last teaching, His Holiness said that he intends to visit Canada again in the very near future to follow up all those unanswered questions from the participants. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces.

Good news: When during the KCCL audience I asked His Holiness whether he intends to visit Halifax on his next trip to Canada, he said to our delight: Yes!

You can find many photos (and also videos) of the above events on the Facebook page of Karmapa Canada: https://www.facebook.com/KarmapaCanada17/

Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:

November 4–10, 2017: The Annual Long Life Prayers and Lama Dancing for Thrangu Rinpoche’s long life

For more information, see: http://www.rinpoche.com/schedule.html

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

October 6–9, 2017: Canada Open Retreat 2017, in Toronto, Canada

October 19–22, 2017: Sangha Retreat 2017, in Rotterdam, Netherlands

November 10–12, 2017: Rescate Emocional, in Mexico City, Mexico

For more information, see: http://www.dpr.info/category/schedule/

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:

For details of the various stops of her “Americas—2017” and “Europe—Fall 2017” tours, see:

https://www.khandrorinpoche.org/schedule/americas-2017/

https://www.khandrorinpoche.org/schedule/europe-fall/

Mingyur Rinpoche:

For details of Rinpoche’s various stops of his teaching tour to Nepal, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Nepal, and India, see: https://tergar.org/mingyur-rinpoches-schedule/

Past, Present and Future of KCCL

Having lived in Fall River for more than eighteen months, it is time to briefly reflect on what has been and still needs to be accomplished to establish KCCL and its residential meditation center fully.

As for the past, most of the first six months have been spent to establish the basic infra and mandala structure: getting the rooms (shrine room, individual rooms, kitchen, etc.) and our website set up, establishing the daily, weekly and monthly schedule, becoming a charity, hosting and getting advice from our lineage teachers, etc., and, lately, establishing our Buddha garden, which brings much of the physical set-up to a closure.

In the next six months we of course mainly focused on helping Ani Migme with her dying process, who passed away on October 11, 2016.

Due to these circumstances, we had cancelled most of our usual practice and study events.

In September 2016, two of our core residents returned to the last phase (1 year) of their three year retreat at Söpa Chöling, which they completed in August 2017.

Ani Rinchen joined our community in February, 2017. Ani-la is a bhikṣhunī and has finished her three year retreat in 1999 in Wappinger Falls under the direction of Lama Norlha. 

On anther topic, from March 10 onwards, our solitary retreat room in Milarepa house will become available again. This retreat room can be used for short retreats (a week or so) or longer retreats (from 1 month onwards) by friends and like-minded people.

Likewise, we always keep our suite open for people who like to do an inhouse retreat at Gampopa house (our main building) or for guests.

If you have interest in doing a solitary or inhouse retreat at KCCL, please contact me: lodro.sangpo@kccl.ca; 902-576-3655.

Invitation to support us

KCCL and its residential meditation center is geared toward serving others. To maintain a center that provides an uplifted space for its residents as well as also for friends and like-minded people to join in, we need additional financial backing. We invite you to financially support us, if you have the means and willingness to do so. All donations from Canada and the US are tax deductible.

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