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
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 — Dec. 12-23 Teachings by His Holiness Karmapa — Dec. 24-27 Kagyu Monlam — Dec. 28 - Jan. 4, 2015 Shangpa empowerments — about 5 days, concluding no later than Jan 15, 2015.
Khyabje Bokar Rinpoche began the Mahamudra seminar program to meet the needs of lay people for a graduated path of practice leading from the foundations of meditation and contemplation through the methods of Vajrayana meditation. Since 2000, the program in India has usually alternated each year between the Mahamudra program and the Yidam program which introduces the stages of Vajrayana practice, but this year both will be presented.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:00am
As you turn the mind from personal benefit toward the welfare of others, compassion beyond ordinary sentimentality develops. As you let go of personal projections and territory, insight into the true nature of phenomena becomes possible. The union of these two is liberation itself.
In the practice of mind training, as we turn our habitual focus from our own interests, perception is more clear, and we surrender to “things as they are” more willingly. Using the aphorisms of the “7-Point Mind Training” as focal points, we meet ordinary situations in a context of continuous meditation and attention to our moment by moment conduct, thus making every situation practice. The eventual fruit is the realization of non-self, and compassion beyond the narrow boundaries of sentimentality and pity.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 3:00pm