Kagyu Changchub Chuling seal     Newsletter — October 2015

Greetings, !

Welcome to the October issue.  As you will see, KCC is thriving. We bring you news of our expanded dharma store with ever more items to support practitioners, the new format for our children’s program and a recap of KCC’s very successful yard sale.  Please be sure to also read our events update to stay aware of the many opportunities to learn more about the dharma.

We welcome your story ideas and suggestions, and  hope you find this resource useful.

Dharma Store is Books and More
by Linda Logan

Seeing what’s new in the Dharma Store is easier than ever.  Look on top of the glass display case at KCC and there are three new books.

Dharma Store display

News and Events

In This Issue

Dharma Store Is Books and More

Children’s Program

Yard Sale Recap

Upcoming Events

Annual Sangha Celebration, Saturday, October 17!



Linda Besant, Linda Logan, Barbara Miller, Rosemarie Sweet, and Deborah Brink Wöhrmann ​contributed to the production of this newsletter.

History of the Karmapas, a fascinating and delightful way to know and explore the lineage of those who wear the black crown—from Dusum Khyenpa to Ogyen Trinley Dorje.  This book brings this amazing lineage to life and supports the experience of relationship.  Doing Ngondro?  This book is a great aid to bringing the refuge tree to life.

Aspirational Prayer for Mahamudra of Rangjung Dorje, dive into this inspiring prayer by the third Karmapa with the benefit of Thrangu Rinpoche’s insightful commentary.  Put this little book by your bedside.  Each night, read a few lines and contemplate the skillful message in each stanza.  Sweet dreams.

Buddha at Bedtime, a retelling of the Jataka Tales.  This charming book gives parents a wonderful way to introduce their children to the insights and wisdom of the Buddha in a way that is both delightful and a vehicle for further discussion.

There’s more…

Most of us use a digital calendar now to track our lives. But, when the old-fashioned kind is a collection of Thangka paintings by our own Sanje Elliott, then a second calendar is in order. Each painting is a work of art that you will gaze upon for a whole month.  What a treat and a great idea to give to friends!

Now look inside the glass display case and discover a treasury of practice support items. Buddhas, malas, bells and dorje, candles and offering bowls, as well as shawls and neck warmers, pajamas and slippers. Just kidding, no pajamas and slippers. Look more and see there is something new in this rich display—shrine cloths and pecha covers in wonderful brocades, made by one of our sangha members.

Your Dharma Store is alive and well.  Visit it often and support KCC.

KCC’s Children’s Program
by Deborah Brink Wöhrmann

On Sunday, October 25, from 9 am to 11 am, the Children’s Program at KCC will start up again—with a professionally developed curriculum, a dedicated community and an every-other-Sunday schedule.

Mary Woods, long-time sangha member, is the program coordinator and lead teacher. She was a teacher in KCC’s program last year, and enjoys this work with children—a change from the nursing she has been doing for decades.

The new Program Council liaison, Zopa Herron, plans to stay actively involved. In addition, all five KCC teachers have agreed to offer a Dharma lesson to the children during the year. The program is now offered every other week due to lack of involvement. Not enough sangha members have stepped in to help maintain the program.

Zopa explains that more people are needed. For the Children’s Program to thrive at KCC, it will need volunteers in addition to the children’s parents. Sangha members are encouraged to contribute their gifts and knowledge. Guest presenters are welcome. The program will also need substitute teachers.

“This is a good opportunity to introduce children to Buddhist values within a supportive, sincere Dharma community,” says Zopa. The Children’s Program also supports parents to take part in KCC’s community more fully.

Mary plans to present a lesson from the Dharma curriculum during the first hour of each class. In the second hour, she will invite the kids to make music, play games, and romp informally, indoors and outdoors. The goal is to foster peace, respect, harmony, and other healthy spiritual values.
Five to six children between the ages of five and ten will be accepted into the program this year. Parents are asked to bring participating children to both Sunday classes each month—and stay present while their children are in class. They are also asked to help out with the second hour from time to time.

There is some flexibility, so please contact Mary (woodsmb2@gmail.com) if interested. She would love to hear from parents and other interested people if you have the time, energy, and inclination. There are many ways to support the program. Teaching is only one way.

Recap on the Big Yard Sale
by Linda Besant

KCC’s HUGE yard sale on September 19 was a HUGE success. We made $2,600, with more coming in, as higher-value items that were donated continue to sell on eBay. Lots of pent up stuff was liberated to new homes, and unsold items were carefully donated to organizations ranging from Friends of the Library to Human Solutions services for low income and homeless families. The sangha really stepped up—thank you to everyone who donated items and who helped with the sale, and especially to Tim Campbell’s family for welcoming a bevy of strangers and tons of stuff into their garage and yard for the weekend.

              Boy with Red Dragon

Upcoming Events

Annual Sangha Meeting
Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland
Saturday, October 17 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Board of Directors Meetings
Third Sundays:  October 18 & November 15 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Seven Point Mind Training Study Group
Second and Fourth Thursdays: October 22 & November 12 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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


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


All-Day Sit: Zhinay
Sunday, November 1 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Young Adult Group
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Creation and Completion
November 14  - 9:00am to 4:30pm

With Lama Michael Conklin, explore the Vajrayana practices for traversing the Buddha’s path to enlightenment. This one-day class is for beginning and intermediate students, though anyone is welcome to attend.


Newcomer’s Night
Third Thursdays:  November 19  - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

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