Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

Welcome to Kagyu Changchub Chuling!

A Grand Celebration for KCC’s New Urban Center

KCC is settling in to our new address at 4936 NE Skidmore St in Portland after decades of effort. Everyone’s invited to celebrate our beautiful new home.

Bring your families and friends. Invite people you know from other sanghas.

Festivities include:

  • Tours of the building every hour, on the half hour 
  • Community Sit for Mindfulness in the tent outside (weather permitting) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm with four guided practice sessions. All are invited to sit for as little or as long as feels right to them.
  • Sale of used Dharma books and items
  • Bake Sale because our sangha has THE BEST BAKERS
  • Celebratory toast and roast to thank all those who have worked so hard to make our new home a reality.

To learn how to contribute to the Dharma Sale or Bake Sale, gather donations for KCC, or volunteer to help with our Grand Celebration, click on the Read More link.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar - Bodhgaya, India - January 9-19, 2018

We are grateful and pleased to announce that Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche will once again offer the seminar for international students covering the complete stages of the path of Mahamudra according to the Karma Kagyu Lineage. By offering this seminar, he continues the legacy of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, holder of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage and Dharma heir of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. Bokar Rinpoche initiated this seminar in 1992 to make the full depth of Buddhist practice accessible to modern lay practitioners of Buddhism, drawing from experience gained through 17 years of intensive meditation retreat and a lifetime of study. This will be a special year, in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this program for westerners. Rinpoche encourages everyone to come.

The annual seminars offer a precious opportunity to spend a week meditating with Khenpo Rinpoche and receiving teachings in the gracious company of long term practitioners from all over the world. Other esteemed teachers frequently offer teachings and empowerments as well. This year for the first time the young Bokar Rinpoche will be in attendance. The teachings presented in the seminars are accompanied by a multi-year graduated program of meditation practice which leads from the foundations of meditation and contemplation through Mahamudra practice. For those who have completed six years of the program and wish to continue with Vajrayana meditation practice, instructions for the stages of yidam practice are offered every other year. The next seminar is planned for late fall, 2019 and will most likely be a Yidam Seminar; the next Mahamudra Seminar would then be held in 2020.

This year the retreat will be at Bodhgaya, India.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:00am to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00am

Use Neon to Donate or Register

Access your NeonCRM account to register for events and donate to KCC.
To donate without an account, select below and follow the link entitled "Continue donation as a new account."
To register without an account, select below, click the REGISTER button from the class list linked here and follow the link entitled "Continue event registration as new account."

Contact the Registrar at events@kcc.org for event-related questions.

Mind Training Study Group

The Mind Training study group, led by Tim Campbell and Zopa Herron, has begun an extensive exploration of the entire Lojong, or Mind Training tradition, including the Seven Points and beyond. We will engage in a study of the texts and practices compiled in the anthology, Essential Mind Training, translated and introduced by Thubten Jinpa, the translator for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This is the only source we will use, as it contains eighteen essential texts of this tradition. You will need this book for the class and can purchase copies from KCCs bookstore.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

2017 Calendar of Classes, Retreats & Study Groups

With the move to our new dharma home coming up, 2017 will be a year of transformation at KCC. One of the highlights will be a visit by Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche who will visit in the summer shortly after our anticipated move to new quarters.

In our programming, this will be a year of new beginnings as well as fresh looks at familiar themes. For those new to dharma practice, or for those looking for fresh inspiration, “Care and Feeding of Your Daily Practice” will offer guidance and support for getting started and sustaining ongoing daily practice. The Mind Training Group will explore the roots of the mind training practices, the Young Adult Group will begin a quarterly program of meditation and contemplation to complement the discussion, and we will explore further dimensions of preparing for death and dying. Take a look to see the rest of the offerings, and stay tuned—we hope to add a fall retreat.

Neon Is Here!

You've probably been hearing a lot of talk about Neon, the new software KCC purchased to handle the website, newsletter, financials, sangha directory, volunteer activities and so much more. It doesn't replace our website; you can still access the website as usual. How will this change affect you and what will be different?

First, through Neon, you have access to your personal history at KCC like never before. When you log in to your account, you can view your donation history, classes/retreats you have taken in the past, view and change your contact information, and also sign up for volunteer projects posted online. You can access the Sunday teacher schedule, our YouTube channel, KCC's Facebook page and Marci's photo page in one click.

Additionally, logging in to Neon will soon be the first step you encounter after clicking on "Donate" or "Register" from the KCC website. Everyone who has ever taken a class or donated to KCC already has an account, so please don't create a new one. Please contact Peter Wood at pwretreats@gmail.com for assistance with Neon or to receive your user ID, password, and Contact and Tips sheet.

There's More to Dying Than Death — Preparing for the Opportunity of a Lifetime! -- A Three-Part Series

"We are racing toward our own destination with each moment--like we're on a highway. We could rejoice--look forward to the opportunity to possibly become enlightened or reborn in Dewachen, so we are able to benefit all sentient beings." --Khenpo Rinpoche

This course will be comprised of three 2-hour workshops on consecutive Saturdays 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

Rediscovering Chenrezig Practice

Chenrezig (or Avalokiteshvara) can be understood as the manifestation of the compassionate activity of the enlightened mind of all Buddhas. The core of this meditation practice involves connection directly with our fundamental enlightened potential instead of identifying ourselves in terms our ordinary personal patterns and limitations. Through this it is possible to directly connect to the fundamental unity of wisdom and compassion. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

An Introduction to the Mahamudra Practice Program

No registration necessary, but please RSVP Registrar.

The Saturday morning session will provide an overview of the Mahamudra Practice Program. The session is suitable for anyone who wishes to get a sense of how a graduated path of personal practice could be organized, as well as for individuals who are actively considering going to India in January for the Mahamudra Seminar which will be led by Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche (see KCC.org for more information) After the morning session, those interested in going to India may gather for lunch and discussion.

The Mahamudra program was initiated in 1992 by Bokar Rinpoche, the heart student of KCC’s founder Kalu Rinpoche, to provide an graduated path of meditation that is practical for lay practitioners. It is especially suited to individuals who feel a yearning to go deeper but can not fit extended retreat into their lives.  The program includes the progression of Calm Abiding, Insight and Mahamudra as well as other supportive meditations and contemplations. In the past the seminar and other support has been offered by KCC in addition to the regular India seminars.

If there is sufficient interest, there could be an additional session focusing on the practicalities of India travel.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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