Request for support to purchase property
We are so pleased to tell you that our conditional offer on 871 Young Avenue in Halifax has been accepted. We are now in the process of working to satisfy the conditions of the sale.
It was not easy, in a tight housing market, to find something that would suit our many needs—a house on the Halifax peninsula that is big enough for multiple shrine rooms and private living quarters for numerous monastic and lay residents. Located in a central and attractive neighbourhood—Halifax’s leafy South End, near Point Pleasant Park—this house has all these features and more. Its two shrine rooms can hold about 40 people each, and one can be used by other Buddhist sanghas. The house has eight-plus bedrooms, including a large master suite where we can host the teachers we plan to invite.
The price we and the seller have agreed upon is CAN$1.375 million, which is $75,000 lower than the initial asking price. Our closing on the property, however, depends on our ability to raise by mid-March enough money for a significant down payment so that our future monthly mortgage is workable for us. Even though this is currently our main focus, if possible, we would also like to undertake some necessary remodeling and renovations.
While large donations are obviously highly welcome and needed, we are also very appreciative of smaller donations, as well as no-interest and low-interest loans. Even the smallest donations add up, and also show the support we need to go ahead with this ambitious project. But yes, two or three larger donations would be extremely timely and with long term benefit for many people to come!
Inspired by the vision of the Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, our purpose in buying such a spacious house is to create a monastic seat in Nova Scotia. Our vision is a center where a monastic core group can live, study and practice, and provide the needed stable continuity for the center so that, on equal terms, the lay and yogic practitioners can gather for feasts, study groups, classes, and dharma programs. It will not only be a secure seat for the continuity of the Kagyu monastic tradition in Nova Scotia, but also a place where, in a mahasangha spirit, all practitioners interested in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions will feel welcome and at home, to study and practice and support one another. We are hoping to create a firm home base to be able to invite KCCL’s three spiritual advisors, that is, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, as well as other Buddhist teachers of our Kagyu-Nyingma lineages, like Mingyur Rinpoche.
To go ahead with this vision, we need to raise an extra $200,000 by March 10, 2020. We are optimistic about this, because we were able to raise that amount, over the past two months, from people throughout North America and with the help of two larger anonymous donations. We see this as an indication of enthusiasm for having a Kagyu center for monastics and the mahasangha. Thus with the money from the donations already received in previous years, along with the late Ani Migme’s estate, it will allow KCCL to make a 35% down payment on the property. However, in order to be able to pay future mortgage payments and ongoing costs without constant worry, our goal is to bring the down payment up to 50% so that the monthly ongoing costs will not be too high to sustain.
Our future budget will be supported by various sources, but in particular by monthly rental contributions from both monastic and lay residents, as well as by contributions from the usage of shrine and community rooms for dharma programs and practice. We are honored that the Pema Chodron Foundation has offered to continue its annual support. And we are hoping to inspire further ongoing support for 871 Young Avenue which will, if all goes well, become a vigorous center for the mahasangha, the hundreds of practitioners in and around Nova Scotia devoted to the Kagyu and Nyingma dharma.
Donations by Canadian citizens are tax deductible. US citizens: our charity is recognized by the IRS. For secure donations online in Canadian or US currency, see http://www.kccl.ca/donate/ If you are a US citizen and need a tax receipt, please contact us first at email@example.com.
Cheques can be made out to Karma Changchub Ling and mailed to: Karma Changchub Ling – Attn: Finance Office – 5 Laura Court – Fall River, Nova Scotia B2T 1H7, Canada
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Thank you for your support!
Khandro Rinpoche, the 7 Points of Mind Training, and Halifax: A great August weekend
by Barbara Elizabeth Stewart
Khandro Rinpoche, one of a long line of eminent female reincarnate teachers of the Nyingma Mindrolling lineage, was in Halifax in early August to teach and to consult with KCCL, the fairly new Kagyu monastic center about half-hour’s drive out of town. It was a visit sponsored by KCCL.
It had been some years since Khandro Rinpoche, her Eminence, was last in Nova Scotia, and her visit created a stir among the Buddhists living here – most, but not all connected with Vajradhatu and Shambhala. The four talks were held in McGinnis Room, a big auditorium at Dalhousie University, about 250 people attended: middle-aged greyhairs nodding along at the familiar terms, young people and a handful of apparent newcomers, drawn, perhaps, by the lively picture of her on posters plastered around town.
Her topic was lojong, the 59 slogans on training the mind brought to Tibet by the Bengali Buddhist master Atisha in the 11thcentury. In teaching this, a foundation of the Mahayana, Rinpoche spent a morning on its lineage and lineage stories, and a full session on the five slogans on absolute truth teachings, and how some understanding of that is crucial to understanding the remaining 53 relative truth slogans.
She also talked extensively about KCCL and the need for monastics and monasteries in the West today, as people and places devoted only to preserving, studying, practicing and teaching the dharma. She is, of course, very actively involved in Mindrolling Monastery in India, of hers and her father’s lineage, and also founder of centers and retreats elsewhere in India, Europe and North America. During the lojong teachings, she mentioned KCCL’s plans to move from a suburban house about 30 minutes outside of downtown Halifax into a more spacious house with grounds in or near town, easily accessible to lay community. KCCL has started its property search and is launching a $1 million fundraising campaign for it. It was clearly an effort that Rinpoche enthusiastically supports, and anybody who didn’t know about KCCL at the beginning of the weekend definitely knew about it at the end.
On Sunday evening, a few hundred Shambhala members crowded into the shrine room to listen to and ask questions of Rinpoche about Shambhala, right now, some general and others more specific: for instance, can Shambhala members seek out and study with other teachers while remaining loyal to Shambhala. (Yes, she said. Students should be able to seek wisdom wherever they can find it and Shambhala should be open to accommodate that kind of exploration.)
It was a great weekend. We in Halifax do hope she comes again soon.
(Photos by Marvin Moore and Kasia Nowak)
Help establish a Kagyü monastic seat and centre in Nova Scotia
Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers[/title]
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:
For information, see: http://www.rinpoche.com/schedule.html
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:
For information, see: http://www.dpr.info/category/schedule/
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:
For further information, see: https://www.khandrorinpoche.org/schedule/
For information, see: https://tergar.org/mingyur-rinpoches-schedule/
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:
- Table of Contents 2 for Issues No 5 to No 17 of PPP
- Profound Path of Peace No 5 November 1987
- Profound Path of Peace No 6 August 1988
- Profound Path of Peace No 7 January 1989
- Profound Path of Peace No 8 November 1989
- Profound Path of Peace No 9 July 1990
- Profound Path of Peace No 10 August 1991
- Profound Path of Peace No 11 February 1992
- Profound Path of Peace No 12 February 1993
- Profound Path of Peace No 13 May 1994
- Profound Path of Peace No 14 November 1995
- Profound Path of Peace No 15 February 1997
- Profound Path of Peace No 16 November 1997
- Profound Path of Peace No 17 October 1998