Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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Liberation Through Tonglen — Non-dual Wisdom and Compassion — August 14/15

Tonglen (giving and taking) is a powerful practice of deep and joyful compassion coupled with ultimate wisdom. This method comes from the Seven Point Mind Training teachings, based on experiences of revered masters such as Nagarjuna, Shantideva and Langri Tampa. Tonglen profoundly challenges our habitual self-centered experience, which is founded on delusion. It is a potent method of developing bodhicitta — the fully awakened, joyful heart. 

This will be a silent retreat. We will meet from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day with short opportunities to engage in self-guided practice once you learn the methods. It will be supportive for you and others if you can attend the entire retreat. (Please email Zopa at katyohern@gmail.com to discuss a shorter time, if needed).

Participants are encouraged to carry forth the silent retreat during lunch breaks and at home between sessions, from Friday evening to Saturday morning when the group returns to Zoom. This will enhance individual practice and support the efforts of the whole group.

Please join us for a two-day immersion in this potent compassion practice.

Event Leader: 
Zopa Herron and Tim Campbell
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 4:00pm
Zoom conference call

Zooming Lotus — August 29

Dear KCCers, sit up and take notice,
Here’s the lowdown on our 2020 Blooming Lotus.
Given the corona virus situation,
With our fine urban center on extended vacation, 
It should come as no surprise to you—we’ve changed our focus.
This is the year . . . wait for it . . . for Zooming Lotus.

Our Zooming Lotus show will surely turn out great
‘Cause everyone on earth can now participate.
There might be a ballad or a hip-hop dance
Beaming in from Nepal or New Zealand or France;
Or stand-up delivered from the studio
Of sangha friends in Germany or Hillsboro.

Crawford Smith once again will be our anchor—
Join him as talent or an eager spectator.
We’ll raise the funds to meet the sangha overhead
And help keep our accounts from dipping into the red.
See you on August 29th, a Saturday night,
For our flight to the height of Zooming Lotus delight.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Zooming from around the world!

North American Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar

Kagyu Changchub Chuling is pleased to announce that, per the wish of Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche, Lama Eric has agreed to again offer Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche’s Mahamudra Seminar covering the preliminary and main practices of the mahamudra tradition.

Bokar Rinpoche initiated the program in 1992 to provide a concise yet complete approach to the stages of mahamudra practice, in a manner suited to the lives of modern lay practitioners. Over the past several decades, hundreds of aspirants have found the support and structure of this course a powerful support for launching them into a consistent daily practice. We heartily welcome and encourage the KCC community to participate in this skillful program.

Event Leader: 
Lama Eric Triebelhorn
Thursday, September 17, 2020 to Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Zoom Virtual Meeting Software

Skillfully Traversing the Bardos — Practices for Living and Dying

A four-week course beginning July 6. Led by Lama Eric Triebelhorn.

We will explore the four bardos (the four intermediate states) as taught by the mahasiddhas or great tantric masters of the past. These bardos are the phases of life, death, transition, and rebirth that we all undergo while caught in cyclic existence. We will consider the nature of these experiences, how to prepare for them utilizing practices we already know, and the opportunities for liberation they present. Each class will contain meditations relevant to that evening’s discussion.

Understanding the nature of these bardos can reduce much of the fear and anxiety that ordinarily accompany death and grant us tools navigate them as skillfully as possible, potentially leading to liberation from confused existence altogether.

Event Leader: 
Lama Eric Triebelhorn
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Zoom conference call

A Message to the Sangha

Greetings to all of our KCC community,

This letter serves to update you on how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting KCC's programming and financial situation.

Enhancing Programming
We had a robust program of events scheduled for 2020. But when the implications of the virus became apparent, KCC was quick to make the painful decision to suspend in-person gatherings, including our Spring Personal Retreats at our retreat land. Nearly every aspect of KCC’s operations has been impacted—from programs to committee work to facility maintenance and more.

KCC Moves to Zoom

Update:  After May 30, Zoom will require that your Zoom app to be updated to version 5.0. After May 30, all Zoom clients on older versions will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.

WHAT: All KCC Activities now being Zoomed. For the time being, Vimeo will be used only to house our video archive.

WHEN: Program timing remains the same. The schedule for new weekly activities is listed below.

HOW: Instructions for using Zoom follow.

NEW: Weekday morning meditations, weekday afternoon Tea Time, and our monthly Sangha Meeting - via Zoom!

Details follow - please read on!

Access Recent Teachings

Use the VIDEO ARCHIVES button in the right margin to access our recent teachings. Effective April 13, we are streaming our meditation activities through the Zoom application only.

To view recordings on the KCCMedia YouTube channel prior to March 10, 2019, CLICK HERE.

Note: viewing recordings and livestreamed sessions seems to work best on Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Board Highlights

The Board of Directors is currently exploring ways to more quickly share with the community about its ongoing activities. At our February meeting, the Board agreed to publish a list of highlights from its regular monthly meetings. These highlights will be a very condensed list of some of the main topics under discussion, and may include decisions made and tasks assigned. We hope to publish these highlights within seven days following each regular monthly meeting.

Lama Eric Triebelhorn, KCC's Resident Teacher

Lama Eric Triebelhorn’s return to KCC opened a new chapter in his remarkable Dharma journey. He found his way to KCC 25 years ago and enthusiastically embraced the Buddhist training and service that would become his life. After a 17-year sojourn in India filled with study, retreat, and translation, he began service as Resident Teacher at the beginning of 2020.

Read full article to access Lama Eric's appointment calendar.

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