In brief: We see KCCL as an expression of our devotion to the growth and deepening of the practice and teachings of the Karma Kagyü lineage and its ties with the Nyingma lineage. We will continually seek and follow the spiritual guidance of our group of spiritual advisors and along the lines established by the V.V. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
More specifically, our present overall vision is that KCCL will be centered around three tracks:
1) “Mindfulness track” with emphasis on “Just Sitting” as well as Shamatha-Vipashyana Mahamudra”,
2) “Vajrayana track” with a present emphasis on Vajrayogini practice and Chakrasaṃvara practice,
3) “Monastic track” (optional).
These three major tracks are complemented by an additional entry level (that includes ngöndro) to introduce those needing entry and guidance into the three major tracks.
Being part of the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma practice lineages, KCCL will thus be firmly based on meditation practice enhanced by study of Buddhist texts.
As a center, KCCL is a Buddhist residential meditation center with a monastic core or, in brief, a monastic center, since it is mainly supported by three fully ordained monastics and one novice.
As a monastic center, we hope to explore in new ways the interaction of monastic life and lay life (including what the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche called the “house-holder yogi path”) and how the two can equally complement, support and enrich each other within the framework of modern contemporary western culture. Please let us know your ideas in this regard.
To strengthen training, we envisage inviting lineage teachers and organizing teaching programs geared towards developing our understanding and experience.
In general, even though our vision for KCCL is based on the three mentioned tracks, we are open to adjust to the needs of the wider Buddhist Sangha in Halifax.