Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

The Practice of Mind Training: Including Tonglen, the Seven Points, and More

Event Leader: 
Lama Michael Conklin and Tim Campbell
Ser Chö Ösel Ling

Thursday, November 8 (evening) to
Wednesday, November 14 (morning)

In the West, the Mind Training tradition is one of the most popular and most effective approaches to Buddhist meditation.

In the beginning of this six-day retreat we will focus on developing a fundamental conceptual understanding of the foundational tenets underpinning the Mind Training tradition. We will also focus on developing a deeper experiential relationship with the Mind Training practices. This two-fold approach of deepening our conceptual and experiential understanding will follow throughout the retreat.

We will continue the exploration led by Khenpo Rinpoche on transforming adversities in the path of spiritual transformation. As the retreat progresses we will go deeper, and together, we will explore how to use these practices most effectively, on and off the cushion.

The framework for the retreat will be the Four Immeasurables, the Five Poisons and the Seven-Points of Mind Training.

The Lojong, or Mind Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has been described as a complete path to enlightenment. Please join us as we explore and deepen our understanding and experience of this jewel of the Dharma.

We want each attendee to commit to attending the entire retreat.

Location and Arrival

The retreat will be held at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, KCC's retreat land near Goldendale in rural Washington (map). Please arrive between 2:30pm and 4:30pm on the opening day of retreat.

Retreat Admission and Accommodation Fees
Payment is required in order to secure a space at this retreat.
See below for scholarship information.

$850 — Cabin, single occupancy*
$665 — Cabin, double occupancy
$575 — Camping or RV**

*Please: choose the single occupancy option only if you really need it, as single rooms are very limited.
If you prefer, but don’t require, a single room, let the registrar know (events@kcc.org) and she will accommodate your request if space becomes available.

**Please be aware that there is wildlife on our secluded retreat land.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Please read this carefully prior to registering.

  • Cancellation up to 30 days from the beginning of the retreat:  the entire payment, less a $25 fee, is refunded.
  • Cancellation between 15 and 29 days from the beginning of the retreat:  75% of the retreat cost is refunded.
  • Cancellation between 4 and 14 days from the beginning of the retreat:  50% of the retreat cost is refunded.
  • Cancellation within 3 days from the beginning of the retreat:  No refund is given.



A limited number of scholarships (25%—50% of the retreat cost for regular rooms and camping) are available for individuals with serious financial constraints. Preference is given to KCC members of at least three months. The number of scholarships available depends entirely on donations to the Scholarship Fund, and scholarship assistance may not be immediately guaranteed. Please request a scholarship early.

For those who can afford it, please consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund so that others who are less financially fortunate are able to attend KCC retreats.

To apply for a scholarship, send an email to the Scholarship Committee, briefly stating: (1) your financial circumstances, (2) the amount you are requesting, and (3) your history as a practitioner. This scholarship request will also serve as your request to participate in the retreat, and a space will be held for you pending a decision about those requests.

The Scholarship Committee will contact you by email regarding registration arrangements and the amount of scholarship funds awarded to you.