Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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Khenpo Rinpoche Teachings in Portland

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In late June KCC will be doubly blessed with not only the long-awaited move to our new Dharma center but also a visit by Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, who will preside over a formal blessing of our new center and open the dharma activity in this new chapter of our center's history. The three-year retreatants at Ser Cho Osel Ling will also receive teachings, blessing, and inspiration from Rinpoche. Lama Eric Triebelhorn will translate for Khenpo Rinpoche.

June 27 - Tuesday 9:00am—11:00amWelcome and blessings at our new Dharma Center
Join us for the long-awaited inauguration of our new Dharma Center! By this date KCC will have just renovated (mostly!) and moved to its new home at 4936 NE Skidmore. To mark this milestone, Rinpoche and Lama Michael will share their thoughts, and we will offer prayers to bless the new space and create auspicious conditions for the flourishing of the Dharma in this place. This will include a Mountain of Burnt Offerings practice, during which those familiar may join in while others are welcome to observe. This event is free of charge, but any and all donations toward the renovation of the new center will be gratefully accepted!

June 30 - Friday Public Talk, 7:00pm—9:00pmWhy Meditate? Opening the Door to Buddhist Meditation
What is Buddhism all about? This overview of the path and the role of meditation will introduce the new and curious and offer clarity and inspiration to those already familiar.

July 1 - Saturday All-Day Teaching, 9:00am—4:00pmThe Joy of an Opening Heart
True joy arises as we begin to free ourselves from the prison of self-interest and discover our profound connection to what we hold in common with all beings—the fervent wish to be happy and free from the struggles of suffering. Rinpoche will guide us in ways to awaken meaningful connection with others and cultivate our natural capacity for love, compassion and joy, on and off the meditation cushion.

July 2 - Sunday Half-Day Teaching, 9:00am—1:00pmThe Natural Wisdom of an Open Heart
What is the Buddhist view of the nature of self and reality? And how does this essential wisdom relate to love and compassion? Rinpoche will guide us in ways to contemplate these deep truths and begin to experience them through meditation and in daily life.

July 2 - Sunday Empowerment 4:00pm—6:00pmChenrezig Empowerment:  Meeting the Essence of an Open Heart (Including Refuge Ceremony)
Khenpo Rinpoche will offer the Chenrezig empowerment for those who wish to engage in the Vajrayana practice of the great bodhisattva of limitless love and compassion.  Preceding the empowerment, Rinpoche will offer the Refuge Ceremony for those who wish to enter the Buddhist path. Refuge is necessary for participating in the empowerment.

All events will be held at our new location — 4936 NE Skidmore, Portland, Oregon.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Bodhisattva Vow - Take and Renew

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In the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is one who has made a commitment, a promise to attain complete awakening in order to benefit all sentient beings. While the focus of the Bodhisattva path is primarily the benefit of others, our motivation to take the vow and follow the Bodhisattva's path is always driven at least in part by the recognition of the harm we are doing to ourselves through ill-will, angery, greed, various conflicting emotions, and more.  Having recognized how we hurt ourselves, we are naturally inclined to stop.

We will explore important elements of the path and the vow, and have teachings and discussions on The Six Perfections, practices which constitute the core of the Bodhisattva’s path.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Near-Term KCC Schedule, Timeline and *Volunteer Opportunities

June 4:  First Sunday Half-Day Sit
9:00-12:00pm  Lama Michael Conklin
12:00-1:00pm  Brown Bag Lunch
1:00-4:00pm  *Work Party!! – Skidmore TBD
6:30pm  Calm Abiding - Zopa Herron

June 18:  Last Sunday at Monroe
AM  Erik Fromme
PM  Bill Spangle

June 12—22*PACKING for the First Sit at Skidmore and for the Rinpoche event.

June 21Last Chenrezig at Monroe
June 22:  Last Mind Training class at Monroe
June 23MOVE #1 - Professional movers at Monroe
                *UNPACK  at Skidmore
June 24: *CLEAN and SETUP Skidmore for Sunday Sit and Tuesday blessing

Beginning on June 25, all practices continue on their regular schedule at our Skidmore location:
4936 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97218

June 25:  First Calm Abiding at Skidmore
AM  Lama Michael Conklin
PM  Bill Spangle / Zopa Herron

June 27:  Rinpoche Skidmore Blessing
June 30—July 2:  Khenpo Rinpoche Teachings

July 3/4: *FINAL PACK Monroe
                *CLEAN Skidmore
July 5:   MOVE #2 - Professional movers at Monroe
             *UNPACK at Skidmore
July 6:  *CLEAN Monroe
             *UNPACK at Skidmore
July 7*FINAL CLEANING AT MONROE; doors close at 5:00pm

*TO VOLUNTEER: CONTACT Adele Hilsen (cahilsen@comcast.net) or Linda Grove (lgrove@kcc.org).

Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar 2018 — Bodhgaya, India


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 in 1992 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. This will be a special year, in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this program for westerners. Rinpoche encourages everyone to come.

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 empowerments 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. The next seminar is planned for late fall, 2019 and will most likely be a Yidam Seminar; the next Mahamudra Seminar would then be held in 2020.

This year the retreat will be at Bodhgaya, India.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Mind Training Study Group

The Mind Training study group, led by Tim Campbell and Zopa Herron, has begun an extensive exploration of the entire Lojong, or Mind Training tradition, including the Seven Points and beyond. We will engage in a study of the texts and practices compiled in the anthology, Essential Mind Training, translated and introduced by Thubten Jinpa, the translator for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This is the only source we will use, as it contains eighteen essential texts of this tradition. You will need this book for the class and can purchase copies from KCCs bookstore.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

2017 Calendar of Classes, Retreats & Study Groups

With the move to our new dharma home coming up, 2017 will be a year of transformation at KCC. One of the highlights will be a visit by Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche who will visit in the summer shortly after our anticipated move to new quarters.

In our programming, this will be a year of new beginnings as well as fresh looks at familiar themes. For those new to dharma practice, or for those looking for fresh inspiration, “Care and Feeding of Your Daily Practice” will offer guidance and support for getting started and sustaining ongoing daily practice. The Mind Training Group will explore the roots of the mind training practices, the Young Adult Group will begin a quarterly program of meditation and contemplation to complement the discussion, and we will explore further dimensions of preparing for death and dying. Take a look to see the rest of the offerings, and stay tuned—we hope to add a fall retreat.

Neon Is Here!

You've probably been hearing a lot of talk about Neon, the new software KCC purchased to handle the website, newsletter, financials, sangha directory, volunteer activities and so much more. It doesn't replace our website; you can still access the website as usual. How will this change affect you and what will be different?

First, through Neon, you have access to your personal history at KCC like never before. When you log in to your account, you can view your donation history, classes/retreats you have taken in the past, view and change your contact information, and also sign up for volunteer projects posted online. You can access the Sunday teacher schedule, our YouTube channel, KCC's Facebook page and Marci's photo page in one click.

Additionally, logging in to Neon will soon be the first step you encounter after clicking on "Donate" or "Register" from the KCC website. Everyone who has ever taken a class or donated to KCC already has an account, so please don't create a new one. Please contact Peter Wood at pwretreats@gmail.com for assistance with Neon or to receive your user ID, password, and Contact and Tips sheet.

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