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 Visit To KCC and SCOL This Summer!

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. This wonderful coincidence will allow us to have Khenpo Rinpoche preside over a formal blessing of our new center and open the dharma activity in this new chapter of our center's history. The retreatants in the three-year retreat at Ser Cho Osel Ling will also have the good fortune to receive teachings, blessing, and inspiration from Rinpoche as they begin the final phase in the retreat. Lama Eric Triebelhorn will translate for Khenpo Rinpoche.

Khenpo Rinpoche was the primary disciple of the late Bokar Rinpoche, and he remains our principle connection to the roots of our lineage of practice. With Rinpoche's joyous outlook, deep meditative experience, and extensive study of the Dharma, this visit will be a rare opportunity for our community to meet with a living example of an individual whose life has been steeped in Dharma practice.

Though we do not have the details of the visit finalized, we anticipate a weekend program of teachings as well the formal blessing of the new center and the visit to SCOL. This preliminary outline of activities is offered to help you make plans:

June 27 — Tuesday morning:  Welcome and blessings at our new center
June 28 — Wednesday:  All day with the Three-Year Retreatants
June 30 — Friday evening:  Opening the Door to Buddhist Meditation
July 1 and July 2 — Saturday and Sunday:  All-day teachings and meditation to deepen our wisdom and compassion.

Additional details will be forthcoming on our website at www.kcc.org, and registration will open in May. Keep checking our website for updates! All events will be held at our new location — 4936 NE Skidmore, Portland, Oregon.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to Monday, July 3, 2017 - 9:00pm

Teaching by Lama Drupgyu

We are delighted to announce that our long-time Dharma friend Lama Drupgyu (Anthony Chapman) will visit Kagyu Changchub Chuling again. We have asked him to speak on Wednesday, May 24 about the challenge of making Buddhist practice accessible while maintaining the depth and authenticity of the Dharma. The session will be in lieu of our usual Chenrezig practice. We have found Lama Drupgyu to be delightful and thought-provoking. Bring your questions!

Lama Drupgyu Tenzin became a student of H.E. Kalu Rinpoche in 1972 and participated in the first traditional three-year retreat in the West from 1976 to 1980 in France. Kalu Rinpoche subsequently appointed him as Lama of his center in Paris. Later Lama Drupgyu became the first westerner to be appointed as Retreat Master, leading three-year retreats on Salt Spring Island, Canada. Subsequently, he participated for six years in the translation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge. Lama Drupgyu assisted in the establishment of Tsadra Foundation, a New York-based non-profit that supports development of Vajrayana in the West, and he is currently Vice-President. Tsadra Foundation's support made it possible for some of KCC's three-year retreatants to participate in their long retreat.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Care and Feeding of Your Daily Practice

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As lay practitioners, once we discover a practice that engages and inspires us, one of the greatest challenges is how to apply that practice consistently in our daily lives. When a driver cuts us off in traffic, a co-worker says something unkind, or we see a troubled person on the bus or street, the Dharma provides us tools to work with these situations. But without a habit of regular meditation, we may not turn to those tools when we need them the most. Establishing a daily practice is the foundation for remembering to apply the Dharma throughout our lives.

In Care and Feeding of Your Daily Practice, we will work with different techniques and approaches to help you establish a regular practice that works for you. This one-month course will be held on five successive Tuesday evenings.  Participants will be asked to experiment with various exercises during the week and then share discoveries and challenges with one another during class. Sally and Jeff Alworth, who have experienced both success and struggle in their twenty years as practitioners, will lead the class. We ask that participants commit to engaging the class for its full one-month length and plan to attend all of the classes, either in person or via live-stream.

The syllabus for the entire five-class sequence follows.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Seven Points of Mind Training — the Pith

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Integrating the Relative and Ultimate Practices of the Seven Point Mind Training Tradition

This class is specifically for students of the Seven-Point Mind Training tradition who are engaged in both studying and applying the methods of Mind Training in their daily lives and in formal meditation. Since we will only have very few hours, we will not be covering all seven points nor all of the aphorisms.

This class is for experienced practitioners and students who already have at least a basic understanding of these elements mentioned above.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 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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