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Lama Norlha Rinpoche Lama Norlha Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet. He entered Korche Monastery at the age of five, receiving monastic ordination at fourteen. By the age of twenty-one, he had completed two three-year retreats. After the communist takeover of Tibet, he escaped on foot to India where he met Kalu Rinpoche and became his close disciple. In 1976, at the request of HH the 16th Karmapa and Kalu Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche came to New York City to direct Kagyu Dzamling Kunchab, which was founded by Kalu Rinpoche in 1974. Two years later, Lama Norlha Rinpoche founded Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, NY. Following the sacred example of his own masters, Lama Norlha has dedicated his life to teaching the practices that make up the Kagyupa three-year retreat. To date he has directed seven full retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery, with an eighth retreat that started in November 2011.
Since 1984 Lama Norlha has returned to his birthplace in Tibet several times. As part of his continuing initiative to re-establish the Dharma in Nangchen, he rebuilt the monastery at Korche, including its two retreat facilities.
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