Past, Present and Future of KCCL
Having lived in Fall River for more than nine 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.
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 twelfth week while only living on water/juice/tea (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 clear, although there are now more and more periods where she is very quiet. She have rented recently one of these fancy mattresses and ever since she has been pretty much completely free of pain.
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. We wish them the best of luck with the Six Yogas practices.
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.
In this context, we are happy to welcome Carol Lamarche to be a new resident at KCCL. Carol is an old friend of us and has recently received Vajrayoginī abhiṣheka from Thrangu Rinpoche. She will join us in our daily Vajrayoginī sādhana practice as soon as she has finished the remainder of her Kagyü ngöndro practice. Heartfelt welcome to you, Carol.
On the other hand, we are presently still looking for two more people (preferably tantrikas) who would like to join us with becoming residents in KCCL and help to further establish our vision for KCCL.
If you have interest to become part of our “team”, please contact me at KCCL: email@example.com; 902-576-3655.