Lovely First Unity Vaiśākha Day Celebration in Halifax

On May 26, around 200 people gathered together at Saint Mary’s University to celebrate the first “Unity Vaiśākha/Wesak/Vesak Day” in Halifax to commemorate Śākyamuni Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvāṇa. We were also honored to have Mike Savage, the Mayor of Halifax with us.

This Unity Vesak Day was jointly organized by the Atlantic Theravada Buddhist Society, GEBIS Halifax, Karma Changchub Ling, Shambhala, Siddhartha’s Intent, Zen Nova Scotia.

Refreshments were provided, and yes, of course, there was a birthday cake.

Here are a few photos from the first Vesak Day celebration. May there be many more to come.


Kagyü Mönlam in New York, June 6 to 10, 2018

History: Though the Kagyü Mönlam belongs fully to the contemporary world, its roots lie in 15th-century Tibet, where the 7th Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso, established the tradition of great prayer gatherings.  People from all over Tibet assembled annually to pray for the benefit of all sentient beings. In India, the Mönlam tradition began in 1983, when two great lamas in the Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche, began holding annual prayer gatherings at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

Danang Foundation is hosting the 9th Annual American Kagyü Mönlam from June 6–10, in New York, USA, with His Eminence the 12th Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche being invited as presiding master. Since this year’s Mönlam coincides with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s visit in the region, it is hoped that His Holiness would reign over this festival.

Venue: Tibetan Community of NY & NJ, Inc.; 3201 57th Street, Woodside, NY 11377

Contact: 718-888-0601/646-641-0961


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:

Ÿ• TŸhrangu Monastery in Richmond, BC, CA:

June 15–17 The Way to Inner and Outer Peace

June 19–24 Annual Long Life Prayers for Thrangu Rinpoche

• Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado, US:

July 22 to August 4 Empowerments for Guru Rinpoche, Medicine Buddha and Mahakala

For further information, see:

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

• Seattle, WA, US:

June 15–24 Sangha Retreat 2018 (members-only event)

July 6–24 Nitartha Institute

For further information, see:

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:

• Mindrolling Lotus Garden, US:

July 20–24: Natural Ease

August 21–22: Teachings at Tergar, Montreal, CA

For further information, see:

Tsoknyi Rinpoche:

• Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, CA:

November, 2–8, 2018: Advanced Practice Retreat

For further information:

Mingyur Rinpoche:

• Saint Paul, Minnesota, US:

June 2–6 Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom in Action retreat

June 6–13 Exploring the Nature of Mind Path of Liberation Retreat

• Toronto, CA:

June 15 Triple Empowerment of the Three Wrathful Protection Deities

June 16 Meditation and the Joy of Living, full day workshop

• Montreal, CA:

June 17 Meditation and the Joy of Living

June 18 White Tara Empowerment

For further information, see:

Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra masterpiece: Cheng weishi lun 

The Cheng weishi lun (= Treatise Demonstrating  Vijñapti-mātratā) may be said to be one of the most precious gems in the whole of the Chinese Tripiṭaka. Purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi, it 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 the Cheng weishi lun (= CWSL) is the establishment and elucidation of the thesis of vijñapti-mātra. Kuiji explains:

Mātra (“sole”) serves the purpose of negatively excluding that there are grasped phenomena such as selfhood and dharmas existing apart from the mind.

Vijñapti (“Cognitive framing”) serves the purpose of positively declaring that the nature of dharmas as arising according to causes and conditions is not apart form the mind.

We are thus very happy that many years of hard work by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and the late Gelongma Migme Chödrön — with the assistance of Professor Alexander Leonhard Mayer (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Illinois) — finally came to fruition in the publication of our translation (3 parts; 1939 pages) of Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra Abhidharma masterpiece. The translation is now for sale:

We are also very fortunate that this publication is embellished by 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.


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