Past, Present and Future of KCCL
Having lived in Fall River for more than half a year, 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 half year 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 (see column on the right), 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 sixth week while only living on water/juice/tea/coffee (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 very sharp, although there are now more and more periods where she is getting quite tired and does no longer want to talk too much. She has now also some pain due to bed sores and her arthritis, but with the help of medication and meditation (tonglen and ordinary mind instructions), things are fairly manageable.
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.
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. We will thus be looking for three people (preferably tantrikas) who would like to join us with becoming residents in KCCL and help to further establish our vision for KCCL. As for the latter, we will soon seek further guidance from our spiritual advisors and teachers, at the same time we also hope that one or two of the three future KCCL residents would have the skills to function as teachers and meditation instructors to further increase the variety of what we would like to offer at KCCL.
If you have interest to become part of our “team”, please contact me at KCCL: email@example.com; 902-576-3655.