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Focus Group Handout (Programs)

Focus Group Handout (Programs)

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OUR PROGRAMS FOCUS GROUP MEETING
UR PROGRAMS FOCUS GROUP MEETING
Saturday, June 23, 2012
for KCC's Strategic PlanQUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING
 Please bring these pages to the meeting (preferably filled in). If you can't attend, place your input in the folder provided on the glass case or email to Dora DeCoursey at dorabill@comcast.net.
1. What do you feel you need to help your practice grow now and in the coming years?2. The mission and vision include a number of aspirations related to programs and activities. Are theseaspirations being fulfilled for you personally?3. Lama Michael recently said, "if long retreats hadn't happened, we wouldn't be here at all." What kindof connection do you see between long retreats and the benefits you receive at KCC?4. During the SWOT in January, the sangha raised a number of ideas for programs where the sanghawould interact and support each other more, such as:
Supporting each other through life challenges, including end of life
Sitting groups, support groups, study groups, etc. led by sangha members
Commemorating life transitions
Giving back to the larger community
Additional programs for children, young adults and families
How important are these for you, and how would you see yourself being part of this?
 
CONTEXT FOR THE PROGRAMS FOCUS GROUP MEETING
Draft Programs Goals being considered for the Strategic Plan
From the input during the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) in January, we identified some program goals for potential inclusion in the Plan. In the Focusgroup discussion we will explore some of these in more depth and generate ideas for how they could beimplemented 
Provide a long range path of lay practice and retreat
Expand teaching resources as needed to accommodate a growing sangha
Develop and communicate succession plans
Strengthen connection to the lineage
Support teachers - financially and in other ways
Increase opportunities that foster sangha interaction and provide mutual support for differentlife stages
Ideas to consider from the teachers on the KCC Program Council
Over the years KCC has worked to create a concise yet complete dharma path that covers the basicelements of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practice. While the main focus has been to meet theongoing needs of our community of lay practitioners we are also committed to provide the opportunityfor people to practice intensely within long retreats. In depth practice of this kind will make it possiblefor future generations of teachers to emerge. At the same time we have tried to be careful not to try toexpand the breadth of our programming beyond what we can manage.KCC will begin a one year retreat in less than a year, and a three year retreat is expected to begin shortlyafter the one year retreat. These retreats will have significant impacts on the community and our  programs over the next six years or so. The availability of teachers will be affected, and the communitywill change as members of the community enter and return from retreat. These changes present bothchallenges and opportunities which must betaken into account as we consider future programming andactivities. If KCC were to get a larger urban center, that would also require changes in programs andapproaches to teaching.

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