Hi, all. There's a local Karma Kagyu center. I know next to nothing about lineage or how to tell if a center's teachers are qualified before I spend time studying and meditating there.
I'm on the lookout because I recently found out the first center I went to is widely considered a cult, the second I spent more time at is ALSO considered a cult with a whole support forum for ex-members, one I was going to visit next week lists a controversial anti-Muslim teacher that many here on DW advise against... So I'm a bit on edge for charlatans or those whose actions are controversial to the extent that they're easily researched online or on here.
I haven't been able to find any information about the Karma Kagyu center here in Portland, Oregon online other than their website. It doesn't give much info aside from saying Lama Michael Conklin studied with Kalu Rinpoche in the '70s.
Here is the info in question: http://kcc.org/about-kcc/teachers
Thank you very much for any help in this! I had circled back to zen practice for a while because of the local priory, but a strong interest in Chenrezig practice has me looking towards the Tibetan traditions again.
Please take the above post with a grain of salt.