Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and Retreat Center in Wappingers Fall, New York, was founded in 1978 by Lama Norlha Rinpoche under the guidance of Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. A world-renowned meditation master in the tradition of the Kagyu Lineage, Lama Norlha Rinpoche guides a community of monastic and lay practitioners in integrating the authentic practice of Tibetan Buddhism with everyday living. In 1982 KTC initiated its first cycle of the traditional three-year Kagyu meditation retreat, of which the eighth cycle was completed in 2015. In 2006, Lama Norlha Rinpoche created the Dharma Path program for practitioners who want to deepen their study and practice of the Buddhadharma outside the context of the three-year retreat. Currently, in addition to a regular program of public seminars on diverse topics in Buddhist studies taught by Lama Norlha Rinpoche, ordained graduates of the three-year retreat program, and notable Buddhist teachers, there is a daily schedule of study, work and practice, along with weekly classes for the general public on meditation and Buddhist studies.