Come and be heard at:
KCC’s Annual Sangha Meeting
September 27th, 2014, 11 am to 3:00 pm
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland
This is a red-letter, bells-and-whistles, major-event annual meeting.
In this meeting we will (drum roll, please) launch our efforts towards a new urban center for KCC after at least fifteen years of discussion.
You will not want to miss this chance to weigh in with your priorities and hopes for our new dream home.
You will not want to miss hearing about the actions planned for the first year of work on the new urban center.
You will not want to miss the cake that will be there to celebrate this long-awaited milestone.
The meeting will also include
- An update from Lama Michael and Bill Spangle about the planning underway for classes, retreats and teaching for next year.
- A report from this year’s leadership retreat, held August 21–25, with maybe even a hit act or two from the “Golden Light Medicine Show” that was part of the retreat.
- What is going on with construction of the staff residence at SCOL.
- And, as always, an unsurpassable KCC potluck.
If you consider KCC your spiritual home, if your heart has chosen this community as your Buddhist family, please make every possible effort to attend this annual meeting. We need to hear what you want.
But we will not be starting from scratch. KCC has been talking for years about what a new urban center needs to encompass, through three major planning processes and many smaller discussions. The list we have generated each time has been remarkably similar. Below is a merging of those lists from three major documents:
- An aesthetically pleasing foyer/entry
- Sitting space/shrine room for between 100 and 200 people for Sunday puja and Q and A, and special events
- A foyer for shoes and coats
- A separate shrine room for Vajrayana practices
- A big space for meetings, events, and informal gatherings, suitable for pot lucks or eating, with a commercial grade kitchen or the capacity to create such a kitchen
- Three classrooms for programs for toddlers, young children and teens; for adult classes and study groups; and for board and committee meetings
- Office spaces for operations, bookkeeping and other management activities
- Two interview rooms for personal interviews with teachers
- Space for a substantial bookstore
- Ample storage for tables, chairs, etc; and for equipment for special Dharma events
- Two to four living spaces (rooms or simple apartments) for resident caretakers/trainees, and to host visiting lamas or dignitaries
- Adequate parking on site or at least no legal hassle about on-street parking
- Handicapped accessibility or ready adaptability
- Adequate restrooms including handicapped accessibility or adaptability
- Reasonable energy efficiency
- Seismic retrofitting (or be aware of costs involved because we will have to do this)
- An agreeable location that would not seriously dislocate our existing community
- Everything street legal as far as zoning and codes
- The intangibles like look and feel have to be right as well
(This list is compiled from KCC documents that span from 1999 to 2013.)
During the meeting, we will delve into this list to answer two questions: Is there anything missing? If we cannot afford it all, where do our priorities lie? We hope you will think carefully ahead of time and come help make sure we are clear about what we want, because this is the year we are going to start making it happen. We promise. And we’ll tell you why at the meeting…
SEE YOU September 27th!
KCC’s New and Improved Kids Program
The KCC Kids Program is pleased to announce that this year, the Upstairs Children’s program will be meeting at KCC every Sunday, 9 am to 11 am, beginning September 7, 2014.
The first hour of the Upstairs Program will consist of meditation-oriented activities, a lesson from the curriculum developed by Julia King Tamang (found online at Poogoo.wordpress.com) and a participatory activity. The second hour will consist of outings to the newly revamped Dawson Park on Williams Avenue, weather permitting, or games and art projects.
The Kids Program also hosts the Boddhisattva Night held the third Saturday in December. In the fall, they begin preparations by making a poster and preparing a play or a musical number to perform that evening.
Childcare for babies and toddlers will be offered downstairs from 9 am to10 am on the first Sunday of every month. We would like to offer this service every Sunday, but need volunteers to staff it. We also need people willing to be on standby in case there are more babies than expected or a range of ages requiring additional help. Please contact Carolyn Peck at 503-334-9802 if you would like to join in offering this service for our sangha.
This September, there will be personnel changes in the kids program. Joe Bertagnolli, who has been teaching the kids program for more than three years, will be phasing out his service. He will continue to offer assistance to the three new teachers by co-teaching during the month of September. Great thanks go to Joe for his years of inspired teaching.
We welcome Patrice Morris and Susan Giese as new teachers in the Upstairs Childrens program. Susan has provided childcare for the very young downstairs for seven years. Patrice has experience with children and ready skills activated by the thought of working with children. In the coming months,Usha Noble will also be part of the program. Her daughter Samaya is a regular participant. In addition, Mary Woods brings her musical and mala-making abilities to the classroom, where she has already brightened the children’s lives.
Cindy Irvine is providing continuity by continuing to teach one Sunday a month in the Upstairs Program. Cindy’s son Leo has been in the program since he was an infant. Sonia Arion will remain a support for teachers and the program. She created a format for teaching four to six year olds that has made it easy for all the teachers to reach that age group effectively.
Carolyn Peck will move from three years of teaching in the Upstairs Program to the basement where she will offer the first hour of First Sunday for baby and toddler care, and the first hour on one additional Sunday.
If anyone else is interested in assisting, we can use substitutes and regular staffing. E-mail Cynthia Irvine or phone her at 503-284-1757.
Upcoming Retreats and Seminars
Summer has been a busy time at Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL), KCC's retreat land. More retreats and summer events are scheduled, with some taking place in Portland. Below is a rundown of what is to come.
We also want to let you know that the Retreat Committee is researching possible locations for KCC retreats once the Three-Year Retreat begins at SCOL in the spring of 2015. To learn more about that retreat, go to http://www.kcc.org/retreat/three-year-retreat, and contact Julia King Tamang.
Tibetan Language Seminar Level III
KCC Urban Center
Friday, August 29, to Sunday, August 31, 2014
Event Leader: Lama David Curtis
This class is a dharma-centered Tibetan language intensive, with a goal to empower students to do all of their meditation practices in classical Tibetan, led by Lama David Curtis of the Tibetan Language Institute.
Tonglen Retreat at SCOL
Friday, September 19, to Sunday, September 21, 2014
Event Leader: Julia King Tamang
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.
This retreat includes formal instruction in meditation and contemplation practices specific to the "Mind Training" tradition. The emphasis in this tradition is the application of dharma to everyday life. Personal interviews will be available on this retreat.
Pre-requisites: This retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners, regardless of background. If you have not been to this retreat before, it is necessary to contact Julia King Tamang before registering.
Teaching by Lama Drupgyu,
Embracing Reality : A Vajrayana Approach
KCC Urban Center
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event Leader: Lama Drupgyu of Tsadra Foundation
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 offers those willing to accept this challenge.
2014 North American Mahamudra Seminar in October at SCOL
Tuesday, October 7, to Saturday, October 18, 2014
Event Leaders: Lama Michael Conklin and Lama Tara
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.
Already practicing Buddhism, or ready to commit to the Buddhist path.
Attending the full retreat, starting with the orientation session on the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, through the closing session on the morning of Saturday, October 18th
Willing to make a commitment to a program of daily meditation practice for one year. First timers may choose from several levels of practice commitment.
Registration for this event will close September 22 at midnight or when retreat is full.
Combined Mahamudra and Yidam Seminar in India
Friday, December 12, to Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Event Leader: Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche
Location: Bodhgaya, India
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.
As always, please find more info on the KCC website. Please do not hesitate to ask questions of event leaders or the Retreat Committee chair, David McWherter.