Effective immediately, KCC has suspended all group gatherings at the Urban Center on Skidmore and cancelled the rest of the Spring Personal Retreat season at SCOL. KCC leadership has deeply considered the skillful actions we should take in the face of the growing spread of the Covid-19 virus. Effective immediately, KCC is cancelling all group meditation sessions and small group gatherings.
Please do not come to the meditation hall at KCC.
We will still be live-streaming Sunday sessions, Chenrezig and Tara practices at their regular times. We will send the link for the Vimeo livestream to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like to be on this email list, please send your email address to email@example.com.
The Spring Personal Retreats at SCOL have been canceled. When considering the many complications and necessary contingency plans to support and care for staff or retreatants in the event of a Covid-19 diagnosis at the land, it became clear that we cannot state with any certainty that we have the resources to skillfully and properly mangage this. With regret, we decided that the only responsible thing to do was to cancel the Spring Retreats for now. We will monitor the Covid-19 situation as it unfolds and consider how we might otherwise make personal retreat opportunities available at the appropriate time.
Committee and study group meetings may take place remotely using virtual meeting software such as Zoom. Group and committee leaders will directly communicate any meeting plans in the coming weeks.
We are closely monitoring the evolving circumstances around the coronavirus and will immediately inform the community when KCC can resume its regular schedule and operations. KCC is committed to continually revisiting this decision and to be a source of support for our community.
Message from Lama Eric:
Any tradition that purports to express the truth should be applicable in all circumstances be they times of prosperity and joy or times of turmoil and uncertainty. All the buddhadharma can be encapsulated in this famous quote:
Do not commit any misdeed.
Engage in all that’s virtuous.
And thoroughly train your mind.
This is the teaching of Buddha.
This verse expresses the path to awakening as well as how to approach the current upheaval brought on by Covid-19. First, generating mindfulness and being motivated by loving kindness and compassion we should refrain from behavior that could endanger ourselves and —just as, if not more importantly—others who may be more susceptible to severe complications from contracting the virus. Second, others will be affected by this, and some of us will be in positions to responsibly assist them by providing means, physical help, or just the comfort of listening. And third, by remaining centered, clear-headed, and rational in the midst of the tumult, our actions of body, speech, and mind will promote clarity and a sense of calm in our smaller and greater communities.
— Lama Eric Triebelhorn
For the benefit of all beings,
Lama Eric Triebelhorn, on behalf of the Program Council
John Jennings and Tracy Trefethen, KCC Co-Presidents, on behalf of the Board
Linda Grove, Executive Director