Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

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POSTPONED DUE TO HEAT !! A Grand Celebration for KCC’s New Urban Center

Postponed due to record-breaking heat wave.  

Dear Community and Friends of Community,

We have decided it is prudent to postpone the Grand Celebration of our new center because of the heat wave Portland is experiencing. We made this decision after a number of people expressed their concern about the effects of three days of 100-plus heat on our not-airconditioned building, and after we studied how much afternoon sun would be coming in under the tent on such a hot weekend.

We are moving the Grand Celebration to October 21st, when the renovation of the lower level will be much further along and more boxes will be unpacked so it will be easier to see how lovely our new center really is. To all of you who brought books and items for the Dharma sale, who offered to bake, or volunteered for setting up and helping, thank you so much! Never fear, everything will be reactivated in a few weeks.

As our poet Cynthia Huntington wrote when she heard the news:

First too cold!
Celebrating purchase of new center was postponed for snow

Now too hot!
We’re having way too much sun

Ahhh, Oct 21st Grand Opening Celebration
This sounds just right!

Stay safe, everyone,

Linda B and Linda G


KCC is settling in to our new address at 4936 NE Skidmore St in Portland after decades of effort. Everyone’s invited to celebrate our beautiful new home.

Bring your families and friends. Invite people you know from other sanghas.

Festivities include:

  • Tours of the building every hour, on the half hour 
  • Community Sit for Mindfulness in the tent outside from 1:00 to 5:00 pm with four guided practice sessions. All are invited to sit for as little or as long as feels right to them.
  • Sale of used Dharma books and items
  • Bake Sale because our sangha has THE BEST BAKERS
  • Celebratory toast and roast to thank all those who have worked so hard to make our new home a reality.

To learn how to contribute to the Dharma Sale or Bake Sale, gather donations for KCC, or volunteer to help with our Grand Celebration, click on the Read More link.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 12:00pm to 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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar January 9-19, 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. This year for the first time the young Bokar Rinpoche will be in attendance. 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 - 6:00am to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00am

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, 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.

An Introduction to the Mahamudra Practice Program

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The Saturday morning session will provide an overview of the Mahamudra Practice Program. The session is suitable for anyone who wishes to get a sense of how a graduated path of personal practice could be organized, as well as for individuals who are actively considering going to India in January for the Mahamudra Seminar which will be led by Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche (see KCC.org for more information) After the morning session, those interested in going to India may gather for lunch and discussion.

The Mahamudra program was initiated in 1992 by Bokar Rinpoche, the heart student of KCC’s founder Kalu Rinpoche, to provide an graduated path of meditation that is practical for lay practitioners. It is especially suited to individuals who feel a yearning to go deeper but can not fit extended retreat into their lives.  The program includes the progression of Calm Abiding, Insight and Mahamudra as well as other supportive meditations and contemplations. In the past the seminar and other support has been offered by KCC in addition to the regular India seminars.

If there is sufficient interest, there could be an additional session focusing on the practicalities of India travel.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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