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Three-year retreat under the guidance of Kyabdje Kalou Rimpoche

I offer prostrations to Dorje Chang, Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, and all Shangpa lineage holders !
Up to my Master the emanation of Maitreya, Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa !
And to the holy son of the previous Kalu Rinpoche, Dorje Chang Bokar Rinpoche !
I pray. Please guide me and inspire me !

I had the opportunity to receive teachings and to practice them under the guidance of Dorje Chang Bokar Rinpoche and Kenting Tai Situpa. Later, I was fortunate to complete the three year retreat in the Shangpa tradition. To this end, I received the full Shangpa transmission from Khyabje Dorje Chang Bokar Rinpoche, empowerments from Goshir Gyalsap Rinpoche and the secret Six Arms Mahakala empowerments from Khyabje Tenga Rinpoche.
I was privileged to receive teachings and empowerments from many great Masters. Khenpo Lodrö Dönyö patiently transmitted to me all the necessary instructions throughout the retreat period. Today, although my spiritual knowledge is not even close to that of the previous Kalu Rinpoche, I feel blessed to be in charge now and be able to pursue his activity, especially conducting three-year retreats.

I was able to complete my retreat without any obstacles in 2008. After which I again requested the Shangpa transmission which I received in Sherab Ling from Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa together with the permission to transmit the lineage myself. Later on, in Sonada, the main seat of Kalu Rinpoche in India, I conferred the full Shangpa teachings to monks during one full month, including the oral transmissions of all the texts. Thereafter, they started a three-year retreat.

Since I took full responsibility for pursuing Kalu Rinpoche’s Dharma activity, I extensively traveled around the world. I was clear that many people earnestly want not only to practice but wish to go beyond, really improve and progress towards actual accomplishments. I have seen two extreme situations : on the one hand very traditional practitioners who have blind faith, never question anything and never ask any questions ; and on the other hand very modern practitioners who want short easy practices providing brisk advancement without any difficulty. Of course there are good teachers who hold a middle ground between these extremes, but I believe preparation for the three year retreat has not yet been fully adequate.

I visited Palden Shangpa La Boulaye, the main Kalu Rinpoche center in Europe, which was established as early as 1974. I felt very good with the teachings and the practitioners during limited periods of time I spent there. I really wish to start a full three-year retreat, right where the previous Kalu Rinpoche held the first three-year retreat ever in the West. Indeed, in 1976, Kalu Rinpoche himself, together with residents and future retreat practitioners, built two separate retreat centers in Palden Shangpa La Boulaye, Naro Ling for men and Nigu Ling for women.
They are now in the process of being renovated by the resident Lamas for the benefit of all those who will be able to practice there. In addition, Tibetan retreat texts are being translated into French and English so that practitioners need not be fluent in Tibetan.

A preparation process is definitely necessary for westerners who are not monks or nuns and have no monastery culture. They need to acquire the basics in this respect. Also, retreat conditions can be very hard on some persons. It is best for everyone to test whether they are fit for a prolonged retreat. This will be the purpose of a preparatory three month retreat. I myself will be the retreat Master throughout, including during these three months during which I will be present every day to test applicants and to transmit the authentic value of practicing in retreat.

We practitioners have many desires and attachments. The three-year retreat is the best way to diminish such clinging. It will also bring an experience of how all diverse phenomena appear but are nevertheless devoid of actual existence. And receiving a transmission of Mahamudra for the good of all sentient beings is highly beneficial.

The entire process will start with a preparatory period starting on November 20, 2016, the day of Lha Bab Dü Chen (the festival of Buddha’s descent from Heaven). Until August 6, 2017, preparation courses will be given at a rhythm of two training week-ends per month. Thus, if a participant cannot attend one of the sessions, he or she will be able to catch on at the other session. Courses will offer an introduction to the traditional activities conducted in retreat such as playing musical instruments, preparing tormas, conducting daily short rituals and so forth.

Afterwards, a three-month closed retreat will be held allowing applicants to find out whether strict retreat conditions are fit for them or not. It will start on the evening of September 20, 2017, day of the full moon, and will end on December 20, 2017.
Between this three-month period and the actual three-year retreat, those who are accepted for the full retreat will be able to meet and part with their family. The retreat itself will start on march 17.

With love and respect from your
Kalu Rinpoche

Informations :
Château de Plaige – 71320 LA BOULAYE – FRANCE
Tél : +33 (0)3 85 79 62 53


PALDENSHANGPA LA BOULAYE - château de Plaige - 71320 LA BOULAYE - FRANCE Tél. : 03 85 79 62 53 | Fax : 03 85 79 62 56
Le secrétariat est ouvert tous les jours de 9 h à 12 h et de 14 h à 17 h en semaine et 18 h 00 le weekend
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