"Tara Choying Lhamo, an Austrian Buddhist who has been living in retreat for more than 20 years—12 of which were spent in Milarepa’s caves in Lapchi, Nepal—is now sharing her experience and insights. Lhamo is now in New Zealand, following a 10-day tour of Australia. Last year, she was presenting in London.
Lhamo is a student of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche—both masters of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Having grown up in a Christian family, she left her life, friends, and photography career to devote herself to meditation after hearing a Buddhist master explain:
For the benefit of all beings, we want to attain enlightenment.
— Buddhist Master
The first eight years, she spent in a monastic community with her teacher in Nepal, after which she went on retreat in the high mountain caves of Nepal. These caves are so remote that it takes a six-day journey to reach civilization. She mentioned that retreats are not considered a selfish pursuit in the Buddhist tradition. Instead it is a pursuit of a deeply “spiritual practice to get deeper into your consciousness,” which is “beautiful.” (Otago Daily Times)"
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