Past, Present and Future of KCCL

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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: 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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Three Day Yoga Retreat with Yogi Yogendra Mishra (September 3–5)

We are pleased to announce that Yogi Yogendra Mishra, also known as Yogiji — a senior traditional Yoga Master from the capital of the home of Yoga (Rishikesh, India) — will visit Karma Changchub Ling to conduct a three day Yoga retreat.

Yogiji holds a masters degree from Agra University in philosophy, as well as a physical education science degree from Amravati University. He has been teaching Yoga all over the world for 30 years and has taught in Nova Scotia eight times.

During the three day retreat, Yogiji will teach the full view of traditional Yoga as described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras which encompasses all aspects of our well-being – physical, mental and spiritual. He will also be guiding in ancient yogic practices.

For the schedule for the three days retreat and further information, see more.

The Buddha Garden

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Gelongma Migme Chödrön is preparing for death:

As many of you have already heard, a few weeks ago Ani Migme had to go into the hospital to deal with a blockage of the bowels, which unfortunately did not resolve itself. Therefore, 14 days later the doctors told us that they do no longer see a real chance for her recovery, and since surgery was excluded due to her old age and based on a Mo by Thrangu Rinpoche, it was decided for Migme to return to Fall River to spend the remaining days of her life at KCCL.

We have of course been in touch with Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, her main living teacher, regarding specific questions about the death process, and various other Rinpoches, like His Holiness Karmapa, Pönlop Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Ani Pema, who all promised to include her in their prayers.

Thrangu Rinpoche suggested for the period prior to her death 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 Saturday, August 27, we will conduct the Vajrayoginī feast, starting at 3pm.

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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