3 Years, 3 months, 3 days by Franik, Nicolas & Lazarev, Anouchka
About the retreat
This film shows images of the Karma Ling Institute in France, part of the international Buddhist Sangha Rimay community. The Karma Kagyu is the largest lineage within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The three year retreat is a way of training serious practitioners in the core teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. People wishing to undertake the traditional three years retreat must first get permission to do the retreat from the Retreat Master. The pre-retreat is a two month period for learning the rituals, music and torna making used during the retreat and receiving teachings needed to begin the retreat. The schedule is similar to the retreat schedule. During retreat the retreatants will not be allowed to use the phone or to see anyone outside the retreat. All the retreat practices are done in Tibetan and retreatants need to be able to read Tibetan quickly before they come to the pre-retreat training.