Kagyu Changchub Chuling seal     Newsletter — September 2015

Greetings, !

Welcome to this month’s issue. As you will see, things are hopping at KCC.  Please consider participating in KCC’s yard sale, which is coming right up. In October, the annual meeting will take the form of a celebration to appreciate our successes and enjoy each other’s company.  Also featured in this issue is a report on the SCOL three-year retreat and changes in the Program Council. In addition, we have an update on the book store, which is undergoing transformation to better serve the community.  

We hope you find this newsletter valuable. Please let us know if you have a story idea or suggestions for how we can improve it.

KCC Yard Sale—
September 19th

By Ryan Fitz

Please spread the word about our multi-family KCC Yard Sale: inform your friends, share within social networks and neighborhood groups, and send everyone you know to buy stuff and support KCC!

KCC Yard Sale
September 19, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm
3569 NE Hollyrood Court, Portland

Kids’ clothes and toys, collectibles, books, kitchen appliances, warm winter wear, costume jewelry, pictures and frames, candles, linens, luggage, lamps and light fixtures, portable heaters, dishes, glassware, holiday decorations, costumes, and free stuff! Check out these special items: vintage Herman Miller chairs, a bicycle trainer, a bicycle rack, a Kalkhoff E-Bike, and original artwork.

News and Events

In This Issue

KCC Yard Sale—
September 19th

Annual Sanga Celebration—
October 17th

SCOL and Program Council Updates

Bookstore Changes Name

Shop Online? Support KCC!

Upcoming Events








Ryan Fitz,
Sally Mead,
Jennifer Cox,
Linda Logan, Barbara Miller, Rosemarie Sweet. and Deborah Brink Wöhrmann ​contributed to the production of this newsletter.

Help is still desperately needed in the following areas:

  1. Organizing and transporting sale items to Tim’s house on Friday, September 18. We’ll be working all day. PLEASE do not deliver donations to Tim’s house until Friday unless otherwise announced.  If you intend to donate, please contact me to ensure that someone is present to receive your donation.
  2. Staffing the sale on Saturday between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
  3. Transporting unsold items from Tim’s house on Saturday after 4:00pm.

Please contact me at rfitz@kcc.org or at (503) 830-6245 with questions or to contribute to the Yard Sale effort.

Thank you!

Annual Sangha Celebration—October 17th
By Jennifer Cox

Calling all pie makers and tasters, savory and sweet! Join us at our Annual Sangha Celebration!

This October we are transforming our annual sangha meeting into an ANNUAL SANGHA CELEBRATION! KCC’s president, Tim Campbell, has some fun surprises up his sleeve. We are making it sweet, making it fun, and celebrating all of you with toasts, roasts, and Golden Walnut Awards for helping KCC accomplish so much this past year. And. . .  back by popular demand, there will be a sing-along too!

This will be an afternoon you won’t want to miss!  So bring your family, friends, and a pie to share (with ice cream if you like). This will certainly be a special day to delight in, talk, eat, share, and celebrate our sangha.

If you plan to bring a pie, please send your name and the kind of pie to Jennifer Cox, jcox@kcc.org

WHEN: Saturday, October 17th from 1 to 3pm; you are welcome to arrive at 12:30 for early visits and settling in.

WHERE: Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland

NOTE: There will be no lunch potluck this year... but do save room for pie treats from 2 to 3pm.

Updates from SCOL and the Program Council
By Sally Mead 

SCOL Update

The Three Year Retreat at KCC’s SCOL retreat land is an advanced, fully-cloistered, intensive Tibetan Buddhist meditation training opportunity focused on Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu lineages.

Retreats like this are historically an integral part of bringing the authentic Dharma to the USA by putting down deep roots through intensive practice. The Buddha taught that the Dharma spreads its roots when there are sincerely practicing monks, nuns, and lay practitioners.  We are so encouraged to take part in this amazing effort and grateful to those who stepped up to the challenge of being in the retreat.

Since the Retreat has just passed the five-month mark, this is a good time to provide the sangha with some stories about this dharma experience.

~Ten retreatants are engaged daily in the extensive creation stage practices of the Vajrayana. Lama Michael Conklin and Lama Tara Goforth, who both completed Three Year Retreats under the inspiration of Kalu Rinpoche and the guidance of Lama Tsang Tsing, carry on the tradition by closely guiding this retreat.

~The Urban Center sangha supports retreatants and staff through practice, gifts like produce from home gardens, donations, and volunteer work like caretaking the environment on the grounds of SCOL and skilled cooking.  We also support them by dedicating this merit to the success of the retreatants.

~The staff at SCOL are essential to the success of the Three Year Retreat. Understanding and supporting them in their roles is very important.  Their practice is to care for the retreatants, the teachers, and the land and facilities at SCOL. They are interconnected with the retreatants, all in service to the Dharma. In recognition of this, careful attention is being paid to the communication at SCOL between teachers, staff and, as necessary, the retreatants. Key KCC members travel to the retreat land as spiritual friends to offer support to the staff members, for example, by coordinating quarterly SCOL Milarepa Tsoks in the new Staff Shrine Room.

   Marie Maretska continues to assure the very best of support to retreatants through thrifty, nutritious, delicious meals.  As significantly, Peg Swift continues to care for it all as the SCOL Facilities Operation Manager.  We are blessed to have their skills and dedication to the Dharma.  Our Dharma friend, Chuck Murray, decided to move on to other work.  Chuck was a valued and dedicated member of the team and we are grateful for his service. We have two new hires. Jake Cummings will work with Peg as Facilities Assistant and Abby Cummings will work with Marie as a much-needed second Cook.

   The staff residence is a beautiful, quiet place, and everyone appreciates the sangha’s support in creating a good living space for the staff to sustain the Three Year Retreat.  The staff has expressed tremendous gratitude for the shrine room where they practice together daily.

~Our Dharma friend, Wendy Woods, made a clear and calm decision to leave retreat August 25th.  Her departure was on very warm terms, after much discussion with Lama Michael. Wendy will continue her spiritual practice outside of the retreat setting.

Program Council Evolves

KCC’s Program Council was created to work with Lama Michael to nurture the authentic lineage, develop overall curriculum including retreats, to guide and train teachers and to oversee programs, teachings, interviews and events. Until recently, Bill Spangle, Dora DeCoursey and Julia King Tamang worked closely with Lama Michael on the Council.

With Julia’s departure for Three Year Retreat and Lama Michael’s focus on leading the retreat, the time has arrived to add more members to the teaching group and the Program Council. Lama Michael has invited Zopa Herron, Erik Fromme and Julie Hurlocker to begin offering teachings and take on other significant dharma leadership roles in the Sangha. Delightfully they have all agreed to add their care to these activities and to join the evolving Program Council as KCC makes Kagyu Dharma accessible to individuals at all stages of life and at all levels of practice.  
With the addition of new members, roles are being clarified, including identifying liaisons to various KCC committees and programs.  At this time, Lama Michael’s assistant, Sally Mead, assists the Council with their meetings.  The Council is intent on clear and consistent communication with the growing number of ongoing projects, committees, and programs at KCC, including the dedicated, hard-working KCC Board members.

KCC’s Bookstore Changes Its Name
By Linda Logan

The bookstore has changed its name to the Dharma Store to reflect its expanded role in the community. We have rearranged the entry so you can see us better.  So keep your shoes outside and personal items on the white shelf, then check us out to find new books, recommended reading for current teachings and retreats, a great 2016 calendar created by Sanje Elliot, and our ever-changing array of dharma support items.  Don’t see something you’d like us to carry?  Send an email to one of us — John Cusack, Diane Lucas, or Linda Logan.

Shopping Online? Smile and support KCC while you do…

Did you know that KCC receives a little cash back every time you shop Powell’s books or Amazon through our web site? Just go to the KCC web site’s Study page, www.kcc.org/study, and click on one of the banner ads on the right. Over time, this small percentage adds up to real money for KCC.

You can also sign up at smile.amazon.com for a percentage of your purchases to be donated to KCC. To register, sign up under the listing Kagyu Chang Chub Chuling Church Corporation. Please note that, for this to benefit us every time you shop, you will need to shop through smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com. If we all did this every time we made a purchase, we could make a real difference for KCC.

Upcoming Events
By Deborah Brink Wöhrman

Newcomer’s Night
Third Thursdays:  September 17 &  October 15  - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

KCC Yard Sale
Saturday, September 19 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting
Third Sundays:  September 20 & October 18 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Seven Point Mind Training Study Group
Second and Fourth Thursdays: September 24, October 8 & October 22 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Tonglen Retreat — Taking and Sending
(This event is full with long waiting list, BUT please let us know if you’re interested so we know what to plan for the future!)
Friday, September 25 - 4:00pm to Monday, September 28, 2015 - 1:30pm

Young Adult Group
Friday, October 2 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

All-Day Sit: Chenrezig
Sunday, October 4 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Annual Sangha Meeting
Saturday, October 17 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Third Turning / Four Foundations
Saturday, October 24 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:00am to
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:00am


For more events, view the KCC calendar at www.kcc.org.

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