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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It was after my first 3-year retreat, and I had given back my robes and was preparing to go on to points unknown. That autumn, Lama Norlha Rinpoche led a group of us on a 7 week pilgrimage to India and Nepal. While at Sherabling receiving a vast and complete cycle of empowerments from Tai Situ Rinpoche that Lama Norlha Rinpoche had arranged (amazing!), I had the strong thought that I should go into the upcoming retreat. Not wanting me to rush into such a major decision, Rinpoche suggested I think about it for a week before making it firm. I did so, and when I went back to tell him I wanted to go ahead, Rinpoche agreed, saying, “by the way, I still have your robes on the shelf in my room. I’ll give them to you when we get back.” I was floored. Although he had done several rounds of giveaways to the next group of retreatants, he had kept my robes aside without ever saying a word. In that and so many other ways, he has been like a mother and father to me and so many others, and I will never forget his kindness.