Shambhala Times Articles

Shambhala Times ran a series of feature stories about Söpa Chöling and the three-year retreat experience, written by Acharya Larry Mermelstein and past three-year retreatants.

In A Three-year Retreat for Our Mandala, Larry Mermelstein describes the early history of the retreat and tells tales of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, and their youthful encounters with the legendary Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo.

As Lelia Calder shows in Following a Path of Practice, a three-year retreat may be the next step — however surprising or daunting it may seem. She shares how she arrived at the retreat, abided during her time there, and describes what it is like to return.

Shastri Chuck Whetsell describes his experience of Discovering Enlightened Society, slogan by slogan, during his three-year retreat at Söpa Chöling.

In Life, Death & Three-year Retreat Sharon Keegan shares how personal experiences of impermanence led her into a three-year retreat, and guided her activity in the world when she emerged.

In the photographic essay Visualizing Söpa Chöling, Laura Kaufman offers images she selected from vast participant libraries. These photographs celebrate Söpa Chöling and highlight the place, with its changing moods throughout the seasons, and some of the people — both teachers and retreatants — who have been at the heart of the retreat throughout the years.