Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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Tonglen Practice

Tonglen Practice: A two-day urban retreat at KCC

Led by Zopa Herron and Tim Campbell

"Like the earth, water, wind, and fire, medicinal herbs and trees in the wilderness, may I always be an object of enjoyment for all beings just as they wish."

"May I be beloved of beings and may they be more beloved to me than myself. May their negative deeds ripen upon me and may all my virtue, without exception, ripen upon them." -- Verses from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland

Tonglen (giving and taking) is a powerful practice of deep and joyful compassion coupled with ultimate wisdom. This method comes from the Seven Point Mind Training teachings, based on experiences of revered masters such as Nagarjuna, Shantideva and Langri Tampa. Tonglen profoundly challenges our habitual, self-centered experience which is founded on delusion. It is a potent method of developing Bodhicitta, the fully awakened, joyful heart.

If this method of developing the Bodhisattva Mind speaks to you, please join us at KCC on November 15/16, Friday and Saturday, from 9-4pm each day. If you can only come to part of the retreat, please let Zopa know ahead of time at katyohern@gmail.com. You will be welcomed.

Registration available soon.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
KCC Urban Center


A Beginners’ Introduction to the Role of Thangkas in Tibetan Buddhism

Ever wanted to know more about the beautiful sacred scroll paintings—thangkas—that adorn the walls of KCC’s meditation hall?

Join us for a lively slide/lecture presentation followed by a questions and answer period with KCC’s own master artist, Sanje Elliott.

We’ll start with an overview of the tradition and meaning of thangka painting and see examples of the various categories of thangkas: buddhas, bodhisattvas, enlightened beings, mandalas, teaching thangkas and more. Learn about the not-so-obvious symbolism in thangkas and how to interact with and care for thangkas as part of your practice.

Event Leader: 
Sanje Elliott
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
KCC Urban Center

The Four Truths

In this class we will explore The Four Truths, the first teaching by the Buddha, using the three wisdoms of study, contemplation, and meditation. 

Questions we will consider: What is suffering? What does it mean to “know" suffering? How do we create our own suffering and what can we do to alleviate it?  We will apply these questions to our everyday lives. Practitioners of all levels are welcome.

The Four Truths is called a Hinayana (foundational) teaching and is the basis of all our teachings: Mahayana, and Vajrayana. As Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche writes: “Many of the other factors that affect our journey are determined by how well we lay the foundation of the Hinayana path.”

Event Leader: 
Chimey/Lois Beran
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
KCC Urban Center Meditation Hall, 4936 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR

Bokar International Yidam Program in Mirik, India

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Bokar International Yidam Seminar will be held at the Bokar Monastery in Mirik, West Bengal, India, on Tuesday, October 29 (6:00am) to Thursday, November 7 (7:00am), 2019.

This seminar offers access to the second phase of Bokar Rinpoche's Mahamudra Program and gives practitioners the opportunity to progressively engage in all the stages of yidam practice (deity meditation)— the signature meditation method of Vajrayana Buddhism.  The instructions presented in these biennial seminars along with the program of personal practice create a firm foundation for effective practice of the outer, inner and secret levels of the meditation. We encourage any interested sangha who have met the criteria below to attend this year.

Event Leader: 
Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to Thursday, November 7, 2019
Bokar Monastery, Mirik, India
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