Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

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Chenrezig Retreat

The meditation on the Bodhisattva Chenrezig was the principle Vajrayana practice that Kalu Rinpoche introduced in the west because it was a simple yet complete path. Chenrezig (or Avalokiteshvara) is the manifestation of the compassionate activity of the enlightened mind of all Buddhas. Since we have the same innate potential as the Buddha, it is also true that we have the same intrinsic capacity for unconditioned loving kindness and compassion. The core of this meditation practice is to identify with this enlightened potential instead of our ordinary personal patterns and agendas. Through this we can directly connect to the fundamental unity of wisdom and compassion.

The retreat will include background teachings on Vajrayana practice but the emphasis will be on practice sessions with some guided meditation. Interviews will be available at this retreat.

Participation requires approval by the teacher. The retreat is suitable for individuals who have some familiarity with the Chenrezig practice and are interested in deepening their practice. Participation in at least one all-day Chenrezig practice day at KCC or similar experience and the empowerment for the practice are recommended. Prior participation in at least one residential weekend retreat is suggested.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 4:30pm to Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00am

A Key to the Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer

Rangjung Dorje, the third Karmapa (1284-1339), wrote Aspirations for Mahamudra, the prayer we often say at KCC. In a commentary on this prayer, Thrangu Rinpoche wrote that it was composed to show us how to make a vast aspiration requesting that the realization of Mahamudra—the great seal, or the realization of simultaneous appearance and emptiness—would arise within us.

This prayer contains the entire path and is to be read as an experience and a practice, not as a philosophy. A focused reading can fake out our deluded view, as the text constantly twists and turns in unexpected directions. Our habitual, conceptual samsaric words and methods do not apply and we find ourselves going where we do not usually go. This is the point.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Painting at the Land of Retreat: Summer Series 2016


This summer KCC is hosting a very special painting series at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, KCC's retreat property near Goldendale, Washington. Participants will spend the day painting landscapes on 240 acres of private property that features a mixture of high desert prairie, arid brushland, and pine and oak savannahs. Three of Portland's most highly-reputed plein air artists and instructors will guide participants in capturing the beauty of this sacred land on canvas for the first time. Read more about Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) here.

This series includes four different classes led by three different artists. Paint mediums and skill levels vary with each class.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Discovering Awareness—Relaxing in the Solace of the Three Solitudes

Developing basic awareness is an indispensable foundation for all meditation practice. Establishing a conducive container for such training allows for the discovery of our most fundamental quality to more readily unfold. Observing the three solitudes of body, speech, and mind, we will hone our practice of śhamatha (calm-abiding).

The vast majority of the sessions will be spent in contemplation and meditation. There will be sufficient instruction to do the practices, limited general teaching, and a daily session to address questions. Each participant will have the option to have several brief, practice-oriented personal interviews with the teacher. Although sitting sessions will fill the day, there will be a break for stretching or walking meditation every half hour.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:00am

2016 Bokar International Yidam Seminar

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Bokar International Yidam Seminar will be held September 18-27 in Tainan, Taiwan, directly following a 3-day Kagyu Monlam presided over by Khenpo Rinpoche at Tara Ling, in Taipei, Taiwan. Khenpo Rinpoche will teach from Atisha’s The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment during the Monlam, which is being organized and hosted through the kindness and generosity of Ani Sonam and her dharma center, Tara Ling.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 to Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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