First Visit of His Holiness Karmapa to Canada

The 17th Gyalwang 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 current Karmapa has taken birth in 1985 unto a nomadic family in the Lhathok region of Kham in eastern Tibet. He was recognized as the 17th lineage holder at an age of seven and received his initial education at Tsurphu Monastery.

In January 2000, at the age of 14, His Holiness fled to India and currently resides near to Dharamsala, where he receives thousands of visitors every year and continues to receive lineage transmissions and education. With charming charisma, open-mindedness, a deep passion for the environment and profound wisdom, His Holiness Karmapa is a true inspiration for Buddhists and non-Buddhists sensitive to the values of humanity. He has traveled the world working towards the betterment of humanity, raising global environmental awareness, promoting spiritual peace, and preserving the Tibetan culture.

The Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) is extremely honoured and delighted to announce the very first visit to Canada by His Holiness who will mainly be visiting two major cities, starting his tour in Toronto, followed by a brief stop over in Calgary, and ending his tour in Vancouver.

Public teachings will be webcast live at

All event details (including ticket sales) are available on the official website of KKAC:

Here is a listing of the major events:


  • Wednesday, May 31: Mindfulness and Environmental Responsibility  – [SOLD OUT]
  • Thursday, June 1: Transforming Disturbing Emotions:
 Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism
  • Saturday, June 3: Finding Freedom through Meditation & Manjushri Empowerment
  • Sunday, June 4: Tenshug Long Life Offering and White Tara Empowerment


  • Wednesday, June 14: Public talk and audience with Tibetan community


  • Sunday, June 18: Chenrezig Empowerment
  • Thursday, June 22 [this is the RESCHEDULED DATE]: Panel discussion on “Interconnectedness: Our Environment and Social (In)equality”
  • Friday, June 23–24: Akshobhya Teaching and Empowerment

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:

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.

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.


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 and Andrew Speraw 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. Andrew works in real estate and is a Vajrayoginī and Chakrasaṃvara practitioner.

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). In this context we want to congratulate James Post for successfully finishing his half year ngöndro retreat.

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:; 902-576-3655.

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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