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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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Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and Retreat Center

Under the Spiritual Direction of
Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

Founded by Lama Norlha Rinpoche
in the tradition of Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

 

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Top: H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche (Photo: K.S. Lhamo); Left: Lama Norlha Rinpoche (Photo: Robert Hansen-Sturm); Center: Buddha statue in main shrine room; Right: Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche

Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and its affiliate centers are branches of the Palpung Institution under the spiritual direction of Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and its Retreat Centers were founded in 1978 by Lama Norlha Rinpoche in the tradition of Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. An internationally respected meditation master in the tradition of the Kagyu Lineage, Lama Norlha Rinpoche personally guided this active Dharma community until his retirement in 2017.  Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa Rinpoche has served as the overall spiritual head of KTC since 2016.  Under his direction, KTC provides opportunities for students at all levels. In addition to a daily schedule of practice, study and work, the monastery offers weekend seminars and special courses led by visiting Lamas.

Over more than 30 years, we have been fortunate to host two visits from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to receive blessings from both the 16th and 17th Karmapas, as well as numerous teachings and empowerments from the spiritual heads and other notable Lamas of all four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Since its founding, a major focus of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery has been the three-year retreat program which was initiated in 1982 and offers training to serious students in the core teachings and practices of the Kagyu Lineage.  Three-year retreat graduates offer classes in Tibetan language, meditation, and traditional rituals, both at KTC and at our affiliated centers located in many cities throughout the U.S. East Coast and Peru.  They also serve as mentors in the Dharma Path Program, a program created by Lama Norlha Rinpoche to provide serious practitioners in the lay community with comprehensive instruction in the progressive stages of meditation and contemplation.