Welcome to the Karma Changchub Ling (KCCL) website which — although still under construction — is now ready to be launched to be able to better share with you our main vision, activities, monthly schedule, etc., as well as the “nuts and bolts” of KCCL, and, of course, also share with you how you can join in and how we can mutually support and enrich each other. Please browse the menus and submenus.
Welcome also to Fall River (5 Laura Court) — a suburb of Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) — where we found in December 2015 a beautiful and peaceful home which has all the features for being able to become a suitable seat in Nova Scotia for the Karma Kagyü lineage and its ties with the Nyingma lineage.
Welcome, therefore, in particular to the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, namely, to the group of our main spiritual advisors, that is, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, as well as to the teachers who greatly inspire us, the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche as well as the late Very Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, but also to all the other teachers and practitioners of the genuine Buddhadharma involved with creating enlightened society in our modern world.
The name Karma Changchub Ling was bestowed on our meditation center by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in May, 2015, and means, in English, Karma Kagyü Enlightenment Dharma Place.
Now in general, in regard to establishing a new center, Thrangu Rinpoche strongly emphasized that stability and purity are of major importance. Since this is not possible without the advice and support of our teachers, we met last year twice with His Holiness Karmapa in New York and in Bonn, with Pönlop Rinpoche in Bellingham and in Bonn and with Khandro Rinpoche in Virginia and Toronto, and we also met with the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche in Vancouver.
In these meetings and in other forms of communication, we presented our main vision (see next column) for KCCL and received various kinds of good advice. We also discussed the leadership mandala for KCCL and were counseled to set up KCCL in the spirit of “inclusivity” and that the future more specific leadership would unfold organically as time moves on. At the same time we were offered by our lineage teachers the full support for whatever is needed to make KCCL grow and flourish. As for location, we were unanimously advised by our group of advisors to look for an uplifted place in the Halifax area that could be rented for about two years with the prospect of being able to purchase it later if the place proves to be beneficial for the Nova Scotia sangha. We considered it then to be an auspicious sign that we were able to find such a place in a very short time in Fall River.
In May 2015, KCCL was successfully incorporated as a non-profit society under the name: Changchub Buddhist Church, and in January 2016 we received the good news of having received charity status which will further help us to put KCCL on a solid financial basis. If you have the means to do so (either small or large), you can find the necessary info “here”.