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.
Karma Changchub Ling is a Buddhist residential meditation center with a monastic core. Although KCCL is presently mainly supported by three fully ordained monastics and one novice, as a center with a monastic core, we hope to explore 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 and support each other. Please let us know your ideas in this regard.
We are also happy to tell you that with the help of our beloved Elizabeth Cusack, KCCL was not only successfully incorporated in May 2015 as a non-profit society under the name: Changchub Buddhist Church, but that this January we were granted charity status which will further help us to put KCCL on a solid financial basis. For ways of how to support us, click here.
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 (click here) for KCCL and received various kinds of advice. We also discussed the leadership 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.
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, along the lines established by the V.V. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. As part of the Practice Lineage, KCCL will be firmly based on meditation practice enhanced by study of Buddhist texts. We will continually seek and follow the spiritual guidance of the above mentioned teachers.