Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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Ser Chö Ösel Ling Update January 2016

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.

Invigorating Your Practice in the Mahamudra Program

INVIGORATING YOUR PRACTICE IN THE MAHAMUDRA PROGRAM:  Practice, Teachings and Discussion for Practitioners Engaged in Any Stage of Bokar Rinpoche's Mahamudra Program

If you are struggling with doing Ngondro, struggling with not doing Ngondro, or really enjoying doing Ngondro, then this class is for you!

We encourage anyone who has attended one of Bokar Rinpoche’s Mahamudra Program Seminars to attend this half-day of practice, teaching, and discussion (Seminar attendance is a prerequisite). Since it is likely that the North American Mahamudra seminar will not be held again until completion of Three Year Retreat at SCOL, the Program Council is seeking to create support for Ngondro and Mahamudra Program practice.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Winter Personal Retreat 2016

This year's Winter Personal Retreat will be held at A Quiet Place Molalla, a retreat facility in Molalla, Oregon (map). Space is very limited so if you are considering taking advantage of this opportunity, please seek permission and complete your registration early. After obtaining permission from your teacher, you can register here:

The Winter Personal Retreat provides an opportunity for individuals with prior retreat experience who can practice independently to do extended personal retreat in a supportive group environment. Individuals who wish to take part must have approval from their primary mentor and a specific plan for retreat worked out in conjunction with their mentor. Both the length of retreat and the specific program of practice should be agreed upon in advance. As a rule of thumb we recommend that people who have not done individual retreat before limit their first personal retreat to a few days. Individuals who have done personal retreat before should consider a gradual increase in the length of retreat if they are inclined to do longer retreats.

There is a rolling registration cut-off date; this means that your ability to register depends on (1) room availability and (2) that you have registered at least seven days before your arrival date.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 4:00pm to Friday, March 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Working with the Five Lay Vows and Building the Foundation for an Ethical Life

[If you intend to watch this event via KCC's live stream, please register].

The five lay vows—often referred to as “precepts”—form the foundation of ethical behavior in Buddhism. The practice of ethics complements formal meditation and is especially suited for lay practitioners in their daily life. By behaving ethically, we use our tendency toward habitual behavior to create positive results in our lives. The five precepts are usually described as commitments to abstain from killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, and intoxication, but they can also be invitations to think how actions of body, speech, and mind can be guided to support wholesome, compassionate engagement with the world.

In this five-course class, Sally and Jeff Alworth will moderate a discussion about the five precepts, taking each one in turn. In between classes, we’ll use our lives as laboratories for the precepts and go out and work with them in our daily lives. During the next class, we’ll discuss our experiences and talk about the next precept. Sally and Jeff will prepare materials before the class, but all are welcome to join what we expect to be a lively discussion.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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