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The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa

May 2008 In its thirty years of existence, KTC Monastery has hosted many great Lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche (under whose guidance KTC was founded), Chamgon Tai Situ … Continue reading

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Lineage: So What?

I’ve heard it said that when you meet a prospective spiritual teacher, the most important question to ask is who their teacher is—to make sure they come from a genuine tradition with certified results. Otherwise, you could end up entrusting … Continue reading

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What It’s Like In Three-Year Retreat

March 2008 At first it was hard to get up and be ready to start the day’s meditation practice at the sound of the 4:00 a.m. gong. Just under two months into retreat, I look forward to it (at least, … Continue reading

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Now My Name Is Chödrön

February 2008 You enter three-year retreat without a lot of the things that constitute your identity out in the world. There are specific reasons, practical or symbolic, for each thing you give up, but the sum effect seems to be … Continue reading

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Why Three Years?

March 2008 Just before retreat started, a friend asked me why I wanted to do a three-year retreat. I didn’t give her a very good answer, because I hadn’t really thought about how to explain it. Most people don’t ask … Continue reading

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