Very Cheerful First Vajrayoginī Druppa Comes to an End

KCCL is now officially “house-broken” in terms of successfully hosting a big group of practitioners for a six day period.

To be honest, we were a little nervous at the beginning regarding whether to not we would be able to accommodate 20 people for a longer period of time and in regard to what it would be like “living with 20 people”. But all turned out wonderfully and the atmosphere was throughout very cheerful. The food was astonishingly good due to our two delightful and wonderful “guest”-cooks: Anne Marie and Diane.

Our fear of running into water problems was also unfounded and people’s accommodations were spacious and well prepared, with people staying at Milarepa house (our retreat house) and in Gampopa house (our main house).

The druppa itself mostly focused on practicing a lot (four sessions per day) which was supplemented with 30 minutes presentations on key topics of the Vajrayogini sādhana (three kinds of utpattikrama, three kinds of Vajrayogini, etc.), plus fruitful and helpful discussions during the daily feast sections. And yes, there was also a few choreographed Hawaian mudras!

Thus, overall this has been a wonderful experience for everybody involved. Thank you everybody!

The next Vajrayogini Druppa is expected to occur either during the later part of 2017 or during the first few months of 2018.

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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Dear Friends

I hope that the last year has been without obstacles for you, but if not, that you were able to transform them. I also hope that the coming New Year will be one in which your own and others’ good wishes will meet the proper conditions to manifest.

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The first year at Karma Changchub Ling (KCCL), Fall River, has been very active and overall pretty successful. We were able to establish ourselves with the help and support of many of our friends. We became a charity, established our daily and monthly schedule, had a great number of wonderful feasts and practice intensives, and several successful evening classes. We also had the honour to spend much time with Ani Migme while caring about her during her final months and passing. We hosted wonderful visits by great teachers like Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Master Hai Tao and Ani Pema. In brief, we have become firmly established and recognized in the Halifax area community and this will allow us now to progress to a different phase: inviting teachers, focusing on community building, and slowly expanding.

In that vein, it now appears that the coming new year will become very special for us and many others, since His Holiness the XVIIth Karmapa is expected to visit Canada (including Halifax and Fall River) around May or June 2017. We have been asked to play a part on the organization committee for His visit.

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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: 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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