Kagyu Changchub Chuling seal     Newsletter — June 2016
Greetings, !

In this issue, we are delighted to report on KCC's creative and inclusive fundraising meditation event.  We also take this opportunity to thank Barbara Miller for her years of technical support to KCC.  We are particularly grateful for Barbara's production of this monthly newsletter.  It could not have happened without her.  We welcome Ryan Fitz as our new production manager.

Also included are short updates on SCOL, KCC's painting series and the events for June.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions for future articles.  

With Gratitude

This month we want to give a very big hug and pat on the back to Barbara Miller. She has been our main tech-of-all-trades support for several years.  She is now off to use her wonderful talents in a new job.

Barbara, we wish you all the light from boundless lifetimes and thank you for helping a myriad of volunteers over the years with tech support, web support, database support and everything in-between.

Sit For Mindfulness
In This Issue

With Gratitude

Sit for Mindfulness

Painting Series at SCOL

SCOL Update

June Events




Jennifer Cox,
Linda Besant, Deborah Brink Wohrmann,
Rosemarie Sweet, and
Ryan Fitz contributed to the production of this newsletter.

Save September 3rd—
the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend—
for a great new KCC event

at Grant Park
NE U.S. Grant Place and NE 33rd
12:30pm - 6:00pm

Who needs a barbecue when we can spend the afternoon together meditating for the benefit of the sangha and for the benefit of all beings?

All are welcome to sit for whatever time period you wish, from fifteen minutes to four hours. This is the perfect opportunity for our sangha to share our basic practice with everyone in our lives who has wondered what we do, but not made it to KCC quite yet.

  • From 1:00 to 5:00pm, there will be four sessions of mindfulness meditation.
  • The meditation instructor will talk about the value of mindfulness and provide basic  guidance.
  • There will be ample stretch breaks throughout the day.
  • From 5:00 to 6:00, we will share snacks and celebrate.

We are inviting sangha members, friends, family, neighbors and co-workers—anyone who is curious about mindfulness—to join together and practice meditation. This is a time for everyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, to come together for an afternoon of spacious attention.


We encourage everyone to sit for contributions—Raise funds for KCC throughout the summer by asking your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you for the sit-a-thon.  

  • We seek a minimum of 54 people (half of 108) to sit for donations, each striving to raise a minimum of $210 (21 Praises of Tara).
  • You define the amount of time you will sit.
  • We’ll provide you with instructions, a donation sheet, credit card forms, receipts and a collection envelope.

Please contact jcox@kcc.org, celedra@mac.com or lindabesant@icloud.com for more information.

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Painting Series at SCOL

Have you ever been curious about learning how to paint?

Do you feel drawn to spend time at our retreat land out at SCOL?

Our summer painting series is a great way to do both!
The first day-long outdoor painting workshop is right around the corner. It will be hosted by local artist, Kat Sowa, on Saturday, June 18th.

Spend the day capturing our beautiful retreat land.  
All skill levels including beginners are welcome!
More info and to register go to: http://www.kcc.org/event/pleinair
This is a fundraising series for KCC’s general fund.  
The summer series includes classes by:

Kat Sowa (all skill levels) - Saturday, June 18th
Jeff Gun (all skill levels) - Saturday, July 30th
Jeff Gun (experienced painters) - Saturday, August 6th
Phyllis Trowbridge (experienced painters) -Saturday, September 17th

Ser Chö Ösel Ling Update
In April, Susan Morgan left the Ser Chö Ösel Ling three-year retreat.  This departure was not precipitated by a negative event or a falling out with retreatants or teachers. Susan spent a year in beneficial retreat and she will be missed by SCOL staff, retreatants and teachers.
June Events

Upcoming events at KCC include some new and some continuing opportunities, but please note the Thursday evening Mind-Training Study Group is taking a break. Keep a watch on the website, www.kcc.org, for updates. For now, here is what is happening:

All events are at KCC Urban Center unless otherwise noted.

Young Adult Group

This monthly meeting welcomes the under-40 set to gather and talk about the dharma as it relates to daily life.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 7:00pm ot 9:00pm

All-Day Sit: Chenrezig

Resident Lama Michael Conklin provides detailed instruction on the practice of Chenrezig on alternating first Sundays from 9:00am to noon. Following a potluck lunch, there is a question-and-answer session from 1:30pm to 2:45pm, and then a last session of meditation ending at 4:00pm.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Newcomers’ Night

This is a great opportunity to stop by KCC, ask questions, and get acquainted with the community, as well as the ways of Tibetan Buddhism as practiced at KCC. If you are new or sort of new or just want the chance to be reintroduced to KCC, please stop by.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Painting at the Land of Retreat

The first of three summer painting classes hosted by KCC at SCOL, where participants will spend the day painting high desert prairie, arid brushland, and pine and oak savannah landscapes under the guidance of highly-reputed plein air artists and instructors.

Kat Sowa will lead the first class. Visit the painting series website for dates and details about subsequent classes.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ser Chö Ösel Ling


Chenrezig Retreat

This retreat will include background teachings on Vajrayana practice but the emphasis will be on practice sessions with some guided meditation on the Bodhisattva Chenrezig, the principle Vajrayana practice that Kalu Rinpoche introduced in the West because it was a simple yet complete path.

Saturday, June 18 - 4:30pm — Saturday, June 25 - 11:00am
Led by Bill Spangle
Ananda at Laurelwood Retreat Center


Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

For more events, view the KCC calendar.


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