Starting March, 2015, KCC will offer a three-year retreat at our long-retreat center, Ser Chö Ösel Ling, in Goldendale, Washington. We are now accepting applications.
The retreat master will be KCC Resident Lama, Michael Conklin. He will be assisted by Lama Tara Goforth, of Victoria, British Columbia. KCC completed a successful one-year retreat for 13 retreatants at Ser Chö Ösel Ling in March 2014.
The three-year retreat curriculum will include practices of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages.
This retreat provides the essential teachings for the Mahamudra Program established by Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. The program is based on the idea that in the midst of daily life it is necessary to have a coherent approach that presents the essential elements of practice in a clear and concise progression. This structured path will allow one to fruitfully persevere in Dharma practice throughout one’s entire life. At all levels of the program there are yearly commitments to meditation practice which require between one and two hours per day (first-timers may choose a lesser level).
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:00pm to Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am
Join us for a very special opportunity to hear teaching from Lama Drupgyu speak about the challenge of waking up to the reality and responsibility of our inherent buddha nature—and the view and methods that vajrayana offeres those willing to accept this challenge. Lama Drupgyu Tenzin (Anthony Chapman), a student of H.E. Kalu Rinpoche since 1972, and a monk from 1974 to 1995, participated in the first traditional three-year retreat for Westerners from 1976 to 1980, in France. Kalu Rinpoche subsequently appointed him as Lama of his center in Paris, and later Lama Drupgyu became the first westerner to be appointed Druppön, or Retreat Master, leading three-year retreats on Saltspring Island, Canada. Subsequently, he participated for six years in the translation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge. Lama Drupgyu assisted in the establishment of Tsadra Foundation, a New York-based non-profit that supports development of Vajrayana in the West, and is currently Vice-President.
For the 2014 International Seminar Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche will offer a special program in Bodhgaya, India which will include teachings for all practitioners as well as instructions specific to the different levels of the Mahamudra and the Yidam programs. As part of this special occasion, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, one of the most senior teachers of the Kagyu lineage, will offer teachings and the blessing of empowerments.
This year will be a truly remarkable opportunity to receive teachings in Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment. As well as the seminar, there are the annual teachings by His Holiness Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam prayer festival which commence immediately after the seminar. And following the Monlam, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche will offer the empowerments for the Shangpa Kagyu retreat practices.
Combined Mahamudra and Yidam Seminar — December 12-23 Empowerments by His Holiness Karmapa — December 20-25 (For empowerment information) Teachings by His Holiness Karmapa — December 26-27 Kagyu Monlam — December 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015 (For teaching and Monlam information) Shangpa empowerments — about 5-7 days, concluding no later than January 16, 2015.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:00am