What a time it is for KCC!
In this sangha, we are often packed in like sardines at 73 NE Monroe, poised to burst out into a new Urban Center. The New Urban Center Team is watching the Portland real estate market like hawks; and a visionary donor whose life dream is to serve the Dharma by helping KCC acquire a new space is ready to contribute one million dollars. KCC will take the leap into a new urban center quickly when the right property comes on the market.
Meanwhile, on April 4th, eleven people will enter Three Year Retreat at SCOL. This is a huge accomplishment—the fruition of 15 years of dedication to the Dharma and the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages, and a concrete (pardon the pun) commitment to the value of deep practice, not to mention a testament to the tenacity of this community.
KCC’s Board of Directors cannot imagine a time of more exciting opportunity. We also understand that such opportunities generate change, change, change. We the people who find our spiritual home in the Dharma, who love Lama Michael’s and Bill’s teachings, and who find family in this community, must leap forward to meet the opportunities we have generated.
Sustaining a larger and therefore unavoidably more expensive Urban Center, and supporting the Three Year Retreatants at SCOL, require a substantially larger budget than KCC has ever needed before, and more volunteers. The Board is planning carefully for ways to function as a larger sangha, and to raise the necessary funds. Every month for the next several months, in this newsletter, on the KCC listserv, on the bulletin boards at the urban center, and on Sundays, we will tell you about what’s coming next to invite and in fact urgently encourage your participation and financial support. We start this month, with the three announcements that follow. (And wait until you see what’s coming in March…)