Staff

Eric Triebelhorn, Resident Lama

Lama Eric Triebelhorn first came to KCC not long after graduating from college and quickly immersed himself in the center’s activities. He served as Board president for four years and was the first caretaker of our retreat land, Ser Chö Ösel Ling. In 2002, he moved to India to study Tibetan language and practice with Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche. He requested and was finally granted permission to participate in a traditional Shangpa three-year retreat at Bokar Monastery, which he completed in 2008. Following retreat, Lama Eric translated for Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and others and eventually served as an English teacher for the reincarnation of his tearcher, Bokar Rinpoche. Lama Eric became KCC’s resident lama in January 2020.

Schedule an appointment to meet with Lama Eric.

Michael Conklin, Lama Emeritus

Lama Michael Conklin served as KCC’s resident lama from 1993 until 2019. An early American student of Kalu Rinpoche, Michael was one of the founding members of Kagyu Droden Kunchab in San Francisco and participated in a three-year Shangpa retreat led by Lama Tsang Tsing from 1986-’89. During his time at KCC, Lama Michael led the project to build our retreat center and acquire a new Portland dharma center. Through his leadership, KCC maintained a close relationship to lineage masters Bokar Rinpoche and later Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche. He led KCC’s first one- year and, with Lama Tara Goforth, three-year retreat. He still teaches occasionally; check the teaching schedule to learn when.

Linda Grove, Executive Director

From the moment Linda started coming to KCC in 2014, the community felt like her new family. She quickly became eager to contribute as a volunteer, and her love of tending to people’s needs led her to helping prepare and manage retreats. When the opportunity arose to devote herself full-time to KCC, she jumped at the chance. Linda’s college background in communications and training in conflict resolution and mediation served her well in her role as Project Manager for KCC’s move from the house on Monroe Street to the new Portland Center on Skidmore.

Now as Executive Director of KCC, Linda is grateful to have the opportunity to offer her skills to contribute to the well-being of the organization, the community, and the staff. She says, “KCC is my home and dharma practice is my focus in life. What better place could I be!”

Sarah Lyon, SCOL Staff

Sarah came to SCOL as a staff member at the end of 2019 after doing considerable volunteer work at both SCOL and the Urban Center in Portland. She began attending KCC in 2007, after many years of engagement in meditation and Buddhist study. Interest in the language led her to study Tibetan in Nepal. She has a M.S. in Biology, and spent many years working in the field and lab in Alaska and Oregon as a fisheries biologist.

Chehale Alexander, SCOL Staff

Chehale has a degree in Cultural Anthropology, and prior professional work as an LPN, and in massage therapy and the integrative healing arts. She began her explorations in Buddhism in the late 1980s following some major life events that prompted her to question (and then abandon) the traditions she was raised with in the Midwest. She was fortunate to have some wonderful mentors who opened her eyes and mind to the teachings, and thus instilled a newfound resonance and meaning in her spiritual life. Before coming to SCOL, her practice has been more of an informal one, mostly through self-study.

Cynthia Irvine, KCC Bookkeeper

Cynthia began meditating in 2000, biking to a sangha in Southeast Portland. She found KCC just four blocks from her home when her husband brought their son to the KCC kids program, some time around 2007. Later, Kathleen Benz recruited Cynthia as a volunteer check writer, and over the years this has evolved into a paid position overseeing the finances of KCC. As a former librarian and current yoga teacher, she claims to have had no official qualifications for this job, and expresses gratitude for wonderful on-the-job training by a number of folks.