thrinley_stupa2What’s that old saying?  Something about making plans and then life happens?  I moved to San Juan Island with the idea that I would pursue my art career here.  Instead I ended up taking refuge and running a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center for 21 years!

Managing SKC became a huge part of my spiritual practice and like any truly worthwhile  endeavor it’s been joyful, inspiring, funny, educational, very hard and deeply rewarding.  The years raced by and last summer it became very clear to me that it was time to retire.  I gave a year’s notice and Jetsun Kushok and the board generously accepted my request to be allowed to live and work here on the gompa property.  On October 1st I will pass the care of Sakya Kachod Choling on to the very capable hands of Anne Moore.

Thank you Jetsun Kushok for everything. I look forward to seeing all of you whenever you might return to SKC.

– Thrinley DiMarco

>click here for photos of the recent retirement celebration for Thrinley