2019 ANNUAL APPEAL
First of all, we very much hope that this letter finds you well in body and in spirit. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your financial support over the last four years. Your contributions have been greatly helpful in our work to establish Karma Changchub Ling (KCCL) in the Halifax area.
Our goal is to become a genuine seat for the Kagyu and Nyingma practice lineages based on the vision of Trungpa Rinpoche and H.E. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and under the guidance of our three spiritual advisors: His Holiness Karmapa, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, and H.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche.
In this year’s fundraising appeal, we request your support for two initiatives:
- fundraising to purchase a property for a permanent location for KCCL
- our ongoing and new activities in 2020
1. We are currently looking to fundraise enough money for a CAN$500,000 down payment. This should make it possible to make a successful offer on a sizeable property consistent with the guidelines provided by Khandro Rinpoche. Thanks to the generosity of various people, we now have about $300,000 available.
Our goal is now to raise another $200,000. If you are able to donate or pledge an amount that would help us reach this goal, please let us know. Another way you could support KCCL is by becoming a co- signer for a mortgage.
2. And we are also looking for support for our ongoing activities in 2020. We would welcome an increase in the number of monthly donors.
Find the entire 2019 Annual Appeal here:
Property Search Community Meeting
Sunday, December 8, at 3pm
- Should we still be focussing on a best-case solution that meets all our needs – a location on the peninsula, accommodating between 8 and 15 people, and remaining under a certain dollar threshold?
- Are there unused or more creative ways of searching for a property?
- How can we better fundraise and respond more effectively as buyers in a competitive market?
- Is it time to look at alternatives, such as temporary rentals, smaller places, or places farther from the peninsula?
- Should we make an offer on our current location?
Fourth Annual Vajrayoginī Druppa
January 15–19, 2020, at KCCL
This druppa will consist of five full practice days and as such is a great opportunity to further familiarize or deepen yourself with the entire practice, including the abhiṣheka and feast sections, which will be recited every day. The last day will fall on the monthly dākinī day and will feature a grand feast.
Who can attend: Whoever has received Vajrayoginī abhiṣheka.
Suggested Contribution: $ 400 if staying at KCCL; $ 250 if staying outside of KCCL. Generosity policy is applicable.
Registration: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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