New shrine room in Milarepa House and opening of Migme Chödrön Library in Gampopa House

We are happy to let you know that we now have a second bigger shrine room, which is located in Milarepa house above the Buddha Garden (see pictures below).

At the same time, we also were able to rearrange the basement of Gampopa House, the main house, featuring now the new Migme Chödrön Library which also accommodates the special collection of books donated to us by Olive Colon. The library can also be used for meetings, meditation instruction interviews and, if needed, to provide sleeping accommodations for two guests.

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Past, Present and Future of KCCL

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

As for the present, we have mainly focused on helping Ani Migme with her dying process, which had been expected to occur within a week or so but which for whatever reason is extending now into its twelfth week while only living on water/juice/tea (however with the occasional teaspoon of vanilla ice cream!). Since her physical strength has greatly declined in the last weeks, her death could occur at any time. At the same time, her mind continues to stay much of the time clear, although there are now more and more periods where she is very quiet. She have rented recently one of these fancy mattresses and ever since she has been pretty much completely free of pain.

Due to these circumstances, we have cancelled most of our usual practice and study events and have replaced them with a daily practice schedule geared toward supporting Ani Migme (see column below). After her passing away, we will continue with the traditional three days of practice, ending with the funeral ceremonies on the third day.

As for the future of KCCL, once Ani Migme passes away, this will of course be a major change since she has been so instrumental with establishing KCCL.

At the same time, come September, two of our core residents will return to the last phase (1 year) of their three year retreat at Söpa Chöling. We wish them the best of luck with the Six Yogas practices.

Thus, although our main focus is on Ani Migme right now, we also have to stay pragmatic and will now have to more actively look for and screen people who could be moving in with us.

In this context, we are happy to welcome Carol Lamarche to be a new resident at KCCL. Carol is an old friend of us and has recently received Vajrayoginī abhiṣheka from Thrangu Rinpoche. She will join us in our daily Vajrayoginī sādhana practice as soon as she has finished the remainder of her Kagyü ngöndro practice. Heartfelt welcome to you, Carol.

On the other hand, we are presently still looking for two more people (preferably tantrikas) who would like to join us with becoming residents in KCCL and help to further establish our vision for KCCL.

If you have interest to become part of our “team”, please contact me at KCCL: lodro.sangpo@kccl.ca; 902-576-3655.

Welcome & Vision

Welcome to our website. Here you can learn about the vision, activities and monthly schedule of Karma Changchub Ling. 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.

What does the name Karma Changchub Ling mean?

It means, in English, Karma Kagyü Enlightenment Dharma Place, and was bestowed on our meditation center by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in May, 2015. Something to live up to, isn’t it!

Why Fall River?

Our main advisors advised us to rent an uplifted place in Halifax with the prospect of later being able to purchase it, if it proves to be beneficial to the Nova Scotia sangha. We consider it to be auspicious that within a short time we were able to find a beautiful and peaceful home surrounded by much greenery in Fall River, a suburb of Halifax.

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Gelongma Migme Chödrön’s last days seem to be approaching:

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After being without solid food for 12 weeks now, Ani Migme’s physical strength has decreased in the last week to such an extent that the end cannot be too far away. After having switched to one of these new fancy mattresses, Ani Migme has been in the last couple of weeks nearly completely pain free. She is also mostly still clear in her mind and is mostly resting throughout the day.

As for the time before her passing away, which can now not be too far away, Thrangu Rinpoche suggested to do mostly shamatha-vipashyana and to perform daily the Sadhana of Mahamudra. We will also occasionally practice the Vajrayogini or Chakrasamvara sadhana, as well as the six yogas practices.

Location: Karma Changchub Ling, Fall River.

Time & date: Daily practice schedule during the remaining days of Ani Migme:

  • 6:00–7:00      Morning chants and shamatha-vipashyana mahamudra
  • 7:00–8:00      Breakfast
  • 8:00–11:00    Shamatha-vipashyana & 8:00–9:15 Vajrayogini or Chakrasamvara practice:
  • 12:30               Lunch
  • 3:00–5:00     Shamatha-vipashyana mahamudra
  • 5:00–6:00     Sadhana of Mahamudra
  • 6:00                Evening chants
  • 6:30                Dinner
  • 7:00–8:00     Mindfulness practice

But notice that this Sunday, September 18, from 9am to 5pm, we will have a Shamatha-Vipashyanā Mahāmudrā Intensive, followed by the Sādhana of Mahāmudrā from 5pm to 6pm. On Sunday, September 25, we will conduct the Vajrayoginī feast, starting at 3pm, ending at 8pm.

Please join us for practice and with helping Anila in the final stage of her life.

Would you like to live in our community?

We are looking for two more residents who have a connection with the Karma Kagyü lineage (preferably tantrikas). If you are interested, please contact us for more details:

Phone: 902-576-3655
E-mail: kccl.contact@gmail.com

Invitation to support us

KCCL is geared toward serving others. To maintain a center that provides an uplifted space for others 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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