Category Archives: Three-Year Retreat

Retreat Graduation Speech

April 17, 2011 It’s so nice to see everybody. You know . . . you guys all fell off the map for THREE YEARS! Nice to see you’re back. From the little we’ve heard, it sounds like the world started … Continue reading

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In the Presence of Silence

March 2010 Dear friends, After our six months of silence last year, a frequent question from correspondents was, what was it like? In one way, not much different from the rest of the two-plus years of retreat so far, since … Continue reading

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The Most Fun You Can Have

February 2010 Dear Friends, Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year! (as of February 14) I don’t know if our local groundhog saw his/her shadow on February 2. (As you know, every day is Groundhog Day here in retreat.) My … Continue reading

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The Morning Show and 29 Years

December 2009-January 2010 I rarely have time to look out the window these days, as I sometimes did earlier in retreat. Looking at the mind turns out to be much more compelling anyway. But I do occasionally have a chance … Continue reading

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Secrets of The Three-Year Retreat—Revealed!

November 2009 Dear friends, Our venerable Retreat Master at KTC Monastery, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, completed two three-year retreats before escaping from occupied Tibet at the age of 20 and has subsequently led many such retreats in India, New York, and … Continue reading

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Please, Sir, Could I Have … Less?

October 2009 Dear friends, We passed the halfway mark of the three-year, three-month, three-day retreat during the summer, and are now speeding down the hill toward our re-entry into the world we left behind in January 2008. It is hard … Continue reading

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One Year

December 2008 This is the final month of our first year of three-year retreat. On January 5, 2009, year two begins. Lama Norlha Rinpoche used to say that during the first year of retreat, everyone always thinks they made a … Continue reading

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28 Years

November 2008 I took refuge with Lama Norlha Rinpoche on October 29, 1980. I had met him just a few days earlier, when I attended a meditation session at his center in New York City with my friend Carolyn. I … Continue reading

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Walnuts of Mindfulness

Three-year retreat, year one, month 12 Our mindfulness of impermanence at Nigu Ling is heightened at this time of year by two venerable black walnut trees overlooking our tiny fenced yard. From midsummer through early fall, there is a continual … Continue reading

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September 2008, 4:00 a.m.

Ha, ha, it’s not really 4:00 a.m. as I write this. I just wanted to echo the title of the first post I wrote, a year ago this month. Normally at 4:00 a.m., we are starting our first meditation session … Continue reading

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