A Western Buddhist Spiritual Practice Centre in the Karma-Kagyu Tradition
by the Grace of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa,
Urgyen Trinley Dorje
Welcome! We are a Western group of Buddhist practitioners, masters and students, directly affiliated with His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, Urgyen Tinley Dorje, spiritual head of the Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
We recognize that life involves the whole of humanity in an ongoing spiritual evolution toward ever greater, more expansive consciousness. Each individual can participate in this progress through an endeavor to attain personal awakening.
In our case it is the gentle Buddhist Path, treasured for centuries in the East—India, Tibet, Burma, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc.—that teaches us the way. Relevant to anyone of any background, Buddhist Yoga and Meditation cultivates a life of wellbeing, happiness, love, compassion, wisdom and inner peace.
Our goal is to promote and foster the ancient Buddhist monastic tradition here in North America, side by side with a strong lay following of meditation practitioners. Especially by educating people to integrate and co-ordinate their ability to think clearly, feel sensitively and will effectively, Yoga and Meditation provides a way of living in the world greatly enhanced by skill, joy and mastery. Ours is a strictly "meditation practice" (Tib: sgrub-brgyud) orientated fellowship.
We particularly believe that a fundamental aspect of the Path of Awakening consists in individuals working to make the world a better place for all sentient beings, through acts of hands-on charity, caring and kindness. Consideration for the environment, eco-psychology, living in harmony with Nature, in conjunction with the needs of animals and people, are issues of utmost concern to us.