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NaroGatehouseResizedThe three-year retreat is a traditional program of intensive meditation practices intended for serious students wishing to train in the core teachings and practices of the Kagyu Lineage. Learn more about this profound program.

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The last thing Rinpoche asked me before he died was "Is your mind even?" -- meaning is it calm or does it have a lot of ups & downs. Whenever I feel especially sad about Rinpoche's passing I think of him asking me that, in order to calm my mind.

During 3-year retreat, when I told Rinpoche I was having trouble meditating on the illusory nature of reality, especially during the days leading up to Losar when there's so much preparation and cleaning involved, Rinpoche asked me, "Where are those days now?" They existed only as a memory -- nothing of all that remained.

Lama Norlha Rinpoche was the kindest, most compassionate, most generous, least angry person I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and I feel honored and incredibly lucky to have been his student for so many years.

-Charlotte Kelly