His Holiness concludes his first visit to Canada by greatly delighting 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 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.


On June 20, His Holiness was delightfully hoasted by Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpche and the Nalandabodhi Vancouver sangha.

On June 21, His Holiness visited Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, and was given a tour of the province’s Parliament buildings.

On June 22, His Holiness and Wade Davis discussed environmental and social (in)equality issues at UBC’s Chan Centre. The conversation centred around His Holiness’ new book “Interconnected”. The UBC President, Professor Ono, Grand Chief Ed John, and Coastal Wolf Pack, a traditional Salish song and dance group, welcomed His Holiness.

From June 23 to 24, His Holiness gave his final teaching of his first Canadian tour to over 2000 followers in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. The two-day teaching dealt with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice.

At the end of this memorable last teaching, His Holiness said that he intends to visit Canada again in the very near future to follow up all those unanswered questions from the participants. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces.

Good news: When during the KCCL audience I asked His Holiness whether he intends to visit Halifax on his next trip to Canada, he said to our delight: Yes!

You can find many photos (and also videos) of the above events on the Facebook page of Karmapa Canada: https://www.facebook.com/KarmapaCanada17/

Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:

August 11–13, 2017, at Thrangu Monastery Canada: Teaching on “Letter to a Friend” by Nagarjuna

November 4–10, 2017: The Annual Long Life Prayers and Lama Dancing fro Thrangu Rinpoche’s long life

For more information, see: http://www.rinpoche.com/schedule.html

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

October 6–9, 2017: Canada Open Retreat 2017, in Toronto, Canada

October 19–22, 2017: Sangha Retreat 2017, in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Noveber 10–12, 2017: Rescate Emocional, in Mexico City, Mexico

For more information, see: http://www.dpr.info/category/schedule/

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:

For details of the various stops of her “Americas—2017” and “Europe—Fall 2017” tours, see:



Mingyur Rinpoche:

For details of Rinpoche’s various stops of his teaching tour to Nepal, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Nepal, and India, see: https://tergar.org/mingyur-rinpoches-schedule/

Welcome to Nova Scotia!








Three guests “in the making” have moved into the yellow begonia next to our Buddha!

The three new juncos are working now on making their “taxedo”.

We are very pleased to let you know that after weeks of work and the help of various local “deities” (i.e., locals), we have now a beautiful new drum gracing our main shrine room. The sound is awesome!

What is still on our wish list? We would like to have a large Ching Bowl Gong (12 inches diameter and bigger), similar to the following:

In case you would like to donate towards such a temple bowl gong, please contact: lodro.sangpo@kccl.ca. We were recently able to locate a a shop in Nebraska who can provide these gongs in various sizes (up to 24 inches in diameter). A large temple bowl gong can have an amazing effect on people’s body and mind since it produces remarkable tones that are both clarion and subtle.

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.

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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