UPDATE, Sunday March 25:
Transforming Adversity into the Path of Awakening
We hope that you are all holding your seat, as the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche would have suggested. At the same time social media allows us to reach out to people, stay in touch with each other and offer help if possible.
As for ourselves, after the “great switcheroo” in terms of the coronavirus situation and of course also in terms of 871 Young Avenue, we spent a few days in a big daze, but are now gradually moving out of it with steady positive steps.
First of all, Khandro Rinpoche sent us yesterday the following message via her secretary:
- Rinpoche said that [the great switcheroo] does initially seem like a disappointment but perhaps it might be best as we can’t know for sure what would have happened. I guess now the best is just to wait a bit and see how things develop.
- Rinpoche sends all the sangha her prayers and best wishes.
- Rinpoche said he was sorry to hear this news, and asked me to share the following message with you: “When we initially tried to buy Nalanda West the previous owner rejected our offer. It took one year for them to agree to sell to us. So don’t be discouraged. Keep looking!”
- Rinpoche also said that KCCL core members should recite the Aspiration for Excellent Conduct 100 times (see: http://www.siddharthasintent.org/assets/King-of-Aspiration-Prayers.pdf).
- I hope you and the sangha there are doing as well as possible. Please continue to be in touch anytime.
Secondly, we are happy to share with you that we came to a new agreement with our present landlord in Fall River. I.e., we no longer need to move out of 5 Laura Court by April 30 but can stay in Fall River for another year.
This is not only a great relief for us but it will give us a good base for continuing what we have been doing in the last years and more specifically in the last year.
In brief, our goals are still the same in the midst of adversity, maybe even more so now than before since the need “to pull together” is now more apparent.
In other words, we are still fully committed to find and establish a long term seat for the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages which can also provide a space for the Mahasangha in the Halifax area.
In this context, and as already mentioned in last week’s KCCL update, we are very heartened but the fact that our major donors remain supportive. In fact, the $100,000 matching fund donor is willing to continue his matching fund offer past March 15. We have presently already raised $ 41,480.
Before explaining this completely unexpected turn of event, we would first of all want to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our many friends for your attention and donations to our long term project of establishing a seat for Karma Changchub Ling and the Mahasangha here on the peninsula of Halifax.
Everything looked so promising until yesterday, since we had all the conditions in place for being able to purchase 871 Young Avenue property. We were therefore taken completely by surprise that an unexpected delay in our financing approval created a situation which allowed the owner of 871 Young Avenue to change his mind and to withdraw from his commitment.
Even though there is still the slight possibility that in the coming month he will change his mind again, since there is no commitment right now on his side to sell us his property, we will have to investigate other possibilities for purchasing or renting a property since our present rental agreement comes to an end on April 30.
Although sad about this turn of event, we are of course still fully committed to establish a long term seat for the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages in the Halifax area.
In this context we are very encouraged that our major donors remain supportive. In fact, the $100,000 matching fund donor wants to continue his matching fund offer.
Our heads are of course understandably spinning right now due to this unexpected “switcheroo”. In the coming days we will therefore first explore our options and will also consult with our spiritual advisors. To minimize email traffic, we will post our updates on our homepage: www.kccl.ca.
You can also reach us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the warmest wishes in these very strange times!
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
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