I think it's natural that a Kagyu Lama would teach you the Path of Liberation, starting gradually, with ngondro, and with all that entails--general Mahayana foundations, etc.
My feeling is that most Karma Kagyu follow a path that includes Chenrezig practice, often as a "beginning" sadhana, and perhaps ngondro, as well as Shinay and Lhatong, and Lojong (Mind Training) as basics. Study, as well.....
3 Year Retreat is the standard device by which the Path of Means is taught, in the Karma Kagyu lineage, and students who enter such retreats almost always have history with a given teacher, or at least with the methods stressed by Karma Kagyu Lamas.
Hope that helps.
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