Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

Welcome to Kagyu Changchub Chuling!

Death and Dying Seminar

A series of classes by Chozen Bays, Roshi, M.D. and Erik Fromme M.D.

Registration is through Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, linked below

Most of our fear arises from fear of death.

An essential part of spiritual practice is to face the fact of our inevitable death and to prepare for it. To do this can be a gift to our family and friends. These classes will include meditations on death, writing advance directives, learning about the biological facts of death, and watching a few compelling videos. 

You may attend one or all of the classes; new material will be covered in each class.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26  7:00pm—9:00pm:
Scattering the Clouds—Working With Emotions

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27  9:00am—5:00pm:
Wisdom Mind, Compassionate Heart—The Union of Ultimate and Relative Bodhicitta

On Saturday evening (November 26), Rinpoche will discuss Buddhist approaches to working with emotions including ways to release and transform emotions to reveal our innate wisdom. These teachings will touch on how to observe habitual tendencies as they arise and become aware of their origin and their impact on ourselves and others. It will also address how to use this awareness as a foundation for transforming emotions and gaining insight into our innate wisdom nature.

The program for Sunday (November 27) will cover the union of relative and ultimate bodhicitta, or, in other words, the union of profound compassion and deep insight. The relationship between cultivating tranquility and insight through meditation and developing compassion can at times seem paradoxical. Sitting alone in meditation practice can feel very self contained, perhaps even selfish. How can this be connected to compassion? On the other side the prospect of developing compassion for all beings can be overwhelming. How can this lead us toward freedom? This weekend teaching will address how the Buddhist practice integrates these two aspects of the path. Ringu Tulku introduces this in his book “Confusion Arises As Wisdom”:

“Bodhichitta brings wisdom and compassion together. One way this happens is that as our compassion grows, our self-centeredness lessens. With less self-absorption, our attachment and aversion decrease as well. The less attachment and aversion we have, the more our wisdom grows. In this way, compassion leads to wisdom.

It can also go the other way—wisdom leads to compassion. Wisdom is the direct experience of the true nature of our mind and our world. As our understanding becomes stronger, we become more fearless. As we become more fearless, we become less self-centered. This leads to less aversion and attachment, and this makes us more compassionate.”

NOVEMBER 28—29:  Additional Events To Be Announced

There are tentative plans for Monday and Tuesday morning (November 28—29) in Portland, including a Monday evening discussion period when Rinpoche may address topics such as Chenrezig and Mind Training. On Tuesday afternoon, Rinpoche will be driven to SCOL to spend two days with our Three-Year Retreatants and the SCOL staff.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

Children's Blessing


One of KCC's traditions is the "Children’s Blessing" during which Lama Michael leads the teachers and community in welcoming children into the KCC sangha, and we celebrate our community's families and kids. 

It has been a while since our last Children’s Blessing and it is time to bring newer children into our community with a warm welcome! Any children of an older age who have not yet received this welcome blessing may also come. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 11:15am

Mind Training Study Group

This Fall, the Mind Training study group, led by Tim Campbell and Zopa Herron, embarks on 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, October 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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