Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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The Bodhisattva Vow

In the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is one who has made a commitment to attain complete awakening in order to liberate all sentient beings. The Bodhisattva Vow is a formal expression of our aspiration to hold the commitment of the Bodhisattva as a core motivation in our spiritual life.
Though the vastness of this aspiration may give the impression that the vow is too advanced to consider taking, Bokar Rinpoche actively encouraged people to take the vow with the view that there is incredible benefit in just planting the seed of this vast aspiration in our mind.

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar

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We are grateful and pleased to announce that Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche will once again offer the seminar for international students covering the complete stages of the path of Mahamudra according to the Karma Kagyu Lineage.  By offering this seminar, he continues the legacy of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, holder of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage and Dharma heir of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. Bokar Rinpoche initiated this seminar over twenty years ago to make the full depth of Buddhist practice accessible to modern lay practitioners of Buddhism, drawing from experience gained through 17 years of intensive meditation retreat and a lifetime of study.


The annual seminars offer a precious opportunity to spend a week meditating with Khenpo Rinpoche and receiving teachings in the gracious company of long term practitioners from all over the world. Other esteemed teachers frequently offer teachings and empowerment as well. The teachings presented in the seminars are accompanied by a multi-year graduated program of meditation practice which leads from the foundations of meditation and contemplation through Mahamudra practice. For those who have completed six years of the program and wish to continue with Vajrayana meditation practice, instructions for the stages of yidam practice are offered every other year. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:00am to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:00am

The Sealing of SCOL’s First Three Year Retreat

On April 4th, Kagyu Changchub Chuling celebrated a momentous occasion with the sealing of its first three year retreat at Ser Chö Ösel Ling—The Land of Clear Light Golden Dharma. Seated in the lava rocks and ponderosa pines of Goldendale, Washington, the retreat sealing was an event more than 15 years in the making.

Guests came from as near as Hood River and as far as South America to give farewell wishes to the eleven retreatants: Kathleen Benz, Julia King Tamang, Hanna Karlin, Lois Beran, Susan Gladstone, Jane Harden, Galen Doucette, Liza Baer, Maggie Snee, Wendi Wood, and Susan Morgan.

The day’s events began at 9:00 a.m. in the shrine room of the south cloister, led by Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing of Kagyu Dakshang Chuling in Eugene, Oregon, who served as retreat master during Lama Michael’s three year retreat. Accompanying Lama Tsang Tsing were Lama Sonam, Lama Yangchen, and Ani Kunzang who were all on three year retreat with Lama Michael.

The primary leaders of the the three year retreat will be KCC’s Lama Michael Conklin and Lama Tara Goforth of British Columbia.

The Three Turnings—A Guide to the Path

A Series of Classes and Retreats for 2015

Whether we live the life of a yogi-hermit, a monastic or a householder, our life is our path. How we relate to it is what matters.

To relate fully and effectively to the precious opportunity of our life we need to gain an appreciation for the profound potential of our intrinsic nature and develop the skills which will allow this potential to manifest. The teachings of “The Three Turnings of the Wheel of the Dharma” provide both a window to the depth of our being as well as an organized way to see how study, contemplation and meditation can be progressively cultivated and applied in the path of our life.

This year's program on “The Three Turnings of the Wheel of the Dharma” will introduce essential teachings of each “turning” and explore the meditation practices associated with each. The core of the 2015 Three Turnings series will be four Saturday workshops. In these workshops the key principles, teachings and practices of each turning will be presented along with guided meditations using The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These guided meditations will explore how the principles of each turning are expressed in meditation. In addition to these workshops there will be classes and a retreat led by Lama Michael.

Tonglen Retreat — Taking and Sending

This retreat is currently full. Register now to join the waiting list.


As you turn the mind from personal benefit toward the welfare of others, compassion beyond ordinary sentimentality develops. As you let go of personal projections and territory, insight into the true nature of phenomena becomes possible. The union of these two is liberation itself.

In the practice of mind training, as we turn our habitual focus from our own interests, perception is more clear, and we surrender to “things as they are” more willingly. Using the aphorisms of the Seven-Point Mind Training as focal points, we meet ordinary situations in a context of continuous meditation and attention to our moment by moment conduct, thus making every situation practice. The eventual fruit is the realization of non-self, and compassion beyond the narrow boundaries of sentimentality and pity.

The retreat includes formal instruction in meditation and contemplation practices specific to the Mind Training tradition. This tradition also offers a rich array of instructions for using all aspects of everyday life as the ground for developing deep compassion and insight.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to Monday, September 28, 2015 - 1:30pm
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