His Holiness dazzles in Vancouver

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 has 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. The party then arrived together to a welcoming procession at Thrangu Monastery Canada.

On June 18, His Holiness performed the empowerment of Avalokiteśvara or Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the compassion of all the Buddhas. His Holiness explained:

“The empowerment today is for the six syllable mantra (oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ), or the dhāraṇī of Avalokiteśvara. Sometimes mantras are called the ‘declaration of truth’, or ‘words of truth’. This ‘declaration of truth’ is, in one way, the declaration of something ‘as it is’.

Next, the initiations of the body, speech and mind:

First, the initiation of the body of Avalokiteśvara is giving you permission to meditate upon ourselves as being the body of Avalokiteśvara. The reason it is important for us to do so is that we no longer limit ourselves by seeing ourselves as ordinary beings. When we think of ourselves as being Avalokiteśvara, the nature of compassion, this gives us encouragement and enthusiasm, and it is then difficult to get angry. When you have that kind of pride, then we feel a little differently then we did before, we have greater confidence.

Next is the initiation of the speech of Avalokiteśvara. This is the initiation which gives you permission to practice the six syllable mantra of oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ.

Third, the initiation of the mind of Avalokiteśvara. This means that we rest in equipoise, inseparable from the wisdom of Avalokiteśvara’s mind. The mind of Avalokiteśvara, the Great Compassionate One, is non-dual wisdom. And the essence of all sentient beings, of all of us, is Buddha Nature. In terms of the essence, we are all the same. There is no distinction of one essence being better and the other being worse. For that reason, it is not as if the wisdom mind of Avalokiteśvara is one thing, and our own regular mind is something else. The initiation is like pouring water into water. So, here, what we need to do is rest in equipoise, in meditation upon the meaning of this nature, while remembering the way that the Dharma expanse — the nature of things — actually is. So resting in this way here is the initiation of the mind.

That completes the empowerment for the body, speech and mind of Avalokiteśvara.

In terms of the compassion that we talk about in Buddhism, it is not merely the sympathy, empathy, or pity that we usually have. The compassion that is taught in the Dharma is a stronger compassion than normal. It is more involved, it is more dedicated. We do not see the individual for whom we are having compassion, and the individual who is having compassion as being separate. So it is not as if the person who has compassion or pity is in a good position, and the other person is in a desperate situation and we are having pity on them. It is not like that. Instead, it is like the compassion for the other person becomes a part of ourselves. We become the nature of that compassion, so we are able to give ourselves over to it, and fully dedicate ourselves to it. For that reason we are able to take the responsibility and mentally bear the burden of it. So this compassion is not merely a feeling, an idea, or understanding. It is not merely the prayer or aspiration, “may it be so” or “may this person be better off”. What is critical, is that our compassion be something that we actually put into practice, or that it is related with what we actually do in our lives.”

For the event details, see: http://www.karmapacanada.org/.

Public teachings will be webcast live at  www.kagyuoffice.org/webcast/

New residency possibilities in KCCL

If you have interest in becoming a resident at KCCL and would like to live for a year or more in a community with emphasis on regular practice, please let us know.

Likewise, since one of our permanent residents will be going to India from October 2017 to March 2018, we also have an open spot during that time. If you yourself have interest to spend 6 months in a practice center, or know someone who does, please e-mail Lodrö Sangpo: lodro.sangpo@kccl.ca.

Khenpo Tenkyong blesses His Holiness’s land in Baddeck

On June 5, Khenpo Tenkyong — the president of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American Seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa — blessed in a lovely smoke offering ceremony (see video: https://www.facebook.com/Karma.Triyana.Dharmachakra/posts/1350110791773173) Karma Samadhi Ling, the 100 acres property of His Holiness Karmapa in Baddeck. The ceremony was also auspiciously attended by Jeff Ward from the Aboriginal Cultural Centre Membertou Heritage Park. Many stories and songs were shared during a delightful luncheon.

Vision of KCCL

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.


Past, Present and Future of KCCL

Having lived in Fall River for more than fifteen 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.

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

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

In September, two of our core residents returned 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 and are looking forward to their return.

Ani Rinchen joined our community in February. 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).

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.

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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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