12/24/2021: KCC is closed to indoor gatherings at the Portland Center until further notice.

KCC Sangha Meeting Notes from Sunday, March 14

March 19, 2021

Submitted by Willa Rabinovitch

    Social Club activities

  • Movie nights, beginning in March, with films suitable for all ages, via Zoom for the time being,
    and including time for discussion
  • Sacred Tara dances, led by Phyllis Moses, in April via Zoom. Families can participate
  • A recurring Friday night event when travelers share stories and images of their spiritual
    journeys
  • Outreach to Younger People and Newcomers
    Observing that Tibetan Buddhism can be intimidating to people coming from a secular
    background, meeting participants discussed options for promoting accessibility to newcomers,
    especially younger people.

    Ideas include:

  • A Study group focused on the basics, including lineages and structures
  • A curriculum for those new to Tibetan Buddhism, with a graduated approach to presenting
    information
  • An assessment of the accessibility of Newcomer Night, KCC’s ongoing introductory offering
  • A mentoring program for those new to the community, especially the next generation
  •  

    In the Works

  • Screen sharing in the break between Sunday practice and Q&A. Upcoming events listed,
    interspersed with images of SCOL and Urban Center happenings, and of the community’s
    early years
  • Interviews of sangha members, including their views on dharma topics
  •  

    Lama Eric Shares New Program Ideas

  • Dharma And… Space for people to share their experience of the Dharma, on Sunday
    morning or evening, once or twice a month
  • Sunday evening study group, based on readings, and led by participants, is under
    consideration
  • Chenrezi study group once or twice a month
  •  

    Participant Suggestions and Comments

  • The need for healthy debate, allowing the community to get used to talking thoroughly about
    issues, promoting healthy and open exploration
  • Monthly Rime (non-sectarian) Night, including guest speakers, with those from different
    lineages learning from one another
  • Families are hungry for community. Family retreats, other involvement for young families are
    in the works