Last Class on Lodrö Thaye’s Mahāmudrā Instructions,

Monday April 23

In this last class on Lodrö Thaye’s Torch of Certainty (Nges don sgron me), we will be discussing the important vipaśyanā section of the last chapter: “The Instructions on the Main Practice (i.e., Mahāmudrā)”. This class will be geared towards Tantrikas and Sādhakas and “Mahāmudrā-ites” who have received pointing out instruction.

Contact:; 902-576-3655

Location: KCCL.


Translation of Xuanzang’s Cheng weishi lun now available

Many years of hard work finally came to fruition in the publication of our translation of Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra masterpiece: The Cheng weishi lun (3 parts; 1939 pages) which is now available for sale:

The Cheng weishi lun constitutes Volume II of the planned five volumes of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin. Volume I: Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya of Vasubandhu, was published in 2012, is presently out of print but will be reprinted soon.

The Cheng weishi lun (= CWSL; T.1585), purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi, is a translation-compilation by Xuanzang 玄奘 (600–664 CE) with the assistance of his pupil Kuiji 窺基 (632–682 CE). Xuanzang’s main mission in this endeavour appears to be twofold:

(i) the establishment and elucidation of the thesis of vijñaptimātra, and this predominantly on the basis of Dharmapāla–Śīlabhadra’s expositions;

(ii) the harmonization of the earlier Yogācāra doctrinal interpretations, and in so doing also the definitive establishment of the superiority of the Mahāyāna bodhisattva ideal.

The CWSL may be said to be one of the most precious gems in the whole of the Chinese Tripiṭaka. In the preface to his Shuji, Kuiji eulogizes the CWSL thus:

This treatise purifies true cognition. Its expositions include the provisional as well as the ultimate teachings, going far beyond the early teachings of the historical Buddha. Its doctrines penetrate into the subtlest. They catch hold of the Prajñāpāramitā tenets and ride on their colourful brilliance. The treatise summarizes the essential teachings of the sūtras, seeking out their hidden teachings and assimilating their purposes. It further incorporates the best of all the śāstras, gathering up the most wonderful.

The CWSL is a compilation containing the ten individual commentaries on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā by 1. Dharmapāla; 2. Guṇamati; 3. Sthiramati; 4. Bandhuśrī; 5. Nanda; 6. Śuddhacandra; 7. Citrabhānu; 8. Viśeṣamitra; 9. Jinaputra and 10. Jñānacandra which are herewith collected together and trans- lated in detail in a single text.

Also notice, that the first of the three parts of Volume II includes Introductions by two of the foremost Buddhist modern scholars:

  • The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin by Professor David-Sefyort Ruegg (London)
  • Introduction to the Cheng Weishi Lun by Professor Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti (Hongkong)

Vision of KCCL

Welcome to our website. Here you can learn about the vision, activities and monthly schedule of Karma Changchub Ling and its residential meditation center. Please feel free to join us so that we can grow into a mutually supportive and enriching Buddhist community based on the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma traditions.

Welcome in particular to the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, namely, the group of our main advisors, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. Welcome also to the teachers who greatly inspire us, the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the late V.V. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Welcome, furthermore, to all the other teachers and practitioners of the genuine Buddhadharma involved with creating enlightened society in our modern world.


Free downloads of “The Profound Path of Peace”: Issues No 5 to 17

Please find below the free downloads of the recently made available PDF files of “The Profound Path of Peace”, a magazine of the International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns, published between the years 1987 and 1998. You will find in these issues many quite valuable and by now also historic teachings and texts on various subjects. Enjoy!

Here are the links:

Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:

For information, see:



Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

For information, see:



Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:

For details of Rinpoche’s 2018 schedule, see:


Tsoknyi Rinpoche:
November, 2–8, 2018: Advanced Practice Retreat, in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia

For more information:

Mingyur Rinpoche:

For details of Rinpoche’s schedule, see:

Past, Present and Future of KCCL

Having lived in Fall River for two years, it is time to briefly reflect on what has been and still needs to be accomplished to establish KCCL and its residential meditation center fully.

As for the past, most of the first six months have been spent to establish the basic infra and mandala structure: getting the rooms (shrine room, individual rooms, kitchen, etc.) and our website set up, establishing the daily, weekly and monthly schedule, becoming a charity, hosting and getting advice from our lineage teachers, etc., and, lately, establishing our Buddha garden, which brings much of the physical set-up to a closure.

In the next six months we of course mainly focused on helping Ani Migme with her dying process, who passed away on October 11, 2016.

In September 2017, two of our core residents graduated from the three year retreat at Söpa Chöling.

Ani Rinchen joined our community in February, 2017. Ani-la is a bhikṣhunī and has finished her three year retreat in 1999 in Wappinger Falls under the direction of Lama Norlha. 

On anther topic, we have set up a solitary retreat room in Milarepa house, our upper house. This retreat room can be used for short retreats (a week or so) or longer retreats (from 1 month onwards) by friends and like-minded people.

Likewise, we always keep our suite open for people who like to do an inhouse retreat at Gampopa house (our main building) or for guests.

If you have interest in doing a solitary or inhouse retreat at KCCL, please contact me:; 902-576-3655.

Invitation to support us

KCCL and its residential meditation center is geared toward serving others. To maintain a center that provides an uplifted space for its residents as well as also for friends and like-minded people to join in, we need additional financial backing. We invite you to financially support us, if you have the means and willingness to do so. All donations from Canada and the US are tax deductible.

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