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Three Welcomes

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Welcome to our website. Here you can learn about the vision, activities and monthly schedule of Karma Changchub Ling. 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 also to Fall River, a suburb of Halifax (Nova Scotia). Here we found in December 2015 a beautiful and peaceful home surrounded by friendly neighbors and much greenery.

Welcome 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, that is, the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the late V.V. 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. 

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. As for how to help, please see the column “Nuts and Bolts”. 

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The Main Vision

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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 main tracks: 

1) “Mindfulness track” with emphasis on “Just Sitting” as well as Shamatha-Vipashyana Mahamudra; 

2) “Vajrayana track” with a present emphasis on Vajrayoginī 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. But even though our vision for KCCL is based on the three mentioned main tracks, we are open to adjust to the needs of the wider Buddhist Sangha in Halifax and Nova Scotia. Read more

Nuts and Bolts

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Having moved to Fall River in December, we had the chance to settle and establish many of the basic features that one usually takes for granted.

In terms of “hardware”, this involved buying a car, getting additional furniture, making puja tables and beds, getting our kitchen set up, our library, phone system, e-mail, website, etc.

In terms of running our day-to-day life, it involved establishing our daily and monthly schedule which manifests in regard to our three main tracks in the following way:

1) daily afternoon Shamatha-Vipashyana Mahamudra practice; a monthly one-day Shamatha-Vipashyana Mahamudra Intensive (SVMI); a bi-monthly Sadhana of Mahamudra practice;

2) daily Vajrayoginī or Chakrasaṃvara morning practice; Vajrayoginī feast and Chakrasaṃvara feast practice; a monthly two-day Vajrayoginī or Chakrasaṃvara Weekend Intensive;

3) bi-monthly Sojong practice; a monthly monastic training day.

Besides special additional celebratory days, like Milarepa day, etc., the events listed will be our main ways of engaging with the Halifax and Nova Scotia community.

But since our transition period seems to be coming slowly to an end, we feel that we are now ready to open up our doors to others even further. Read more