For those of us who live and work at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, 2015 ended with a deep sense of gratitude and with high hopes for the coming year. This past year brought to fruition a remarkable milestone for KCC, that of putting a dedicated cadre of practitioners into the traditional Kagyu three-year, three-month retreat. Our KCC community—complete with friends, relatives, and acquaintances—celebrated together as those who entered retreat turned their full attention to meditation, contemplation and study.
The community support, so critical to meeting this milestone, has not wavered in the months since. The staff and retreatants continue to receive the blessings of fellowship as goods are donated, services provided and heartfelt wishes received. The gratitude of staff members Jake and Abby Cummings, Marie Maretska, and myself is hard to put in words, but each of us sees how lucky we are to be here at SCOL and to have the encouragement of Dharma friends near and far.