Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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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.

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. Addressing the audience of visitors, Lama Michael noted the prevalent “sense of joy” filling the air as the community came together to support retreatants in doing “what they feel so passionate about doing.” He noted the exceptional amount of time, prayers, people-hours, and donations that made possible the creation of SCOL and the three year retreat.

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