Kalu Rinpoche

The II Kalu Rinpoche

In September 17, 1990, amid many auspicious signs, Kalu Rinpoche’s reincarnation was born in India to Lama Gyaltsen and his wife Drolkar. Lama Gyaltsen, the nephew of the first Kalu Rinpoche, had served since his youth as his uncle secretary.

The XII Tai Situpa Rinpocheofficially recognized Kalu Rinpoche’s reincarnation (Tulku) on March 25, 1992, explaining that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche himself. Tai Situpa sent a letter of recognition with Lama Gyaltsen to his Holiness de XIV Dalai Lama, who immediately confirmed the recognition. Many people saw rainbows above Kalu Rinpoche’s monastery at Sonada, India, at the time of the birth of this reincarnation, and reported that identical rainbows had appeared above the monastery after Kalu Rinpoche passed away.

That Kalu Rinpoche chose to be reborn at his previous home, his own monastery, Samdrup Tarjayiling, is, as the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche has said, an indication of his complete freedom of mind, and a reflection of the simplicity and directness, attributes that his students remember. Because of his great compassion and kindness, he took birth again in answer to the prayers of his disciples.

On February 28, 1993, the young Tulku was enthroned at Samdrup Tarjayling. The XII Tai Situpa Rinpocheand the XII Gyaltsab Rinpoche presided over the ceremony, assisted by Kalu Rinpoche’s heart son, Bokar Rinpoche. Tai Situpa performed the Refuge Ceremony (hair cutting ceremony) and bestowed on the young Tulku the name Karma Ngedon Tenpay Gyaltsen, “Victory Banner of the Teaching of the True Meaning”, although he has been always known as Kalu Rinpoche.

Formal offerings were made on behalf of Kalu Rinpoche’s lamas, students and Dharma centers from around the world. Lama Norlha Rinpoche presented gifts from Kalu Rinpoche’s New York center, with supplications for Kalu Rinpoche Tulku’s long life and well being, the fruition of all his aspirations, and the increase of Dharma by means of his enlightened activity.

In June 1995, Kalu Rinpoche Tulku made his first visit to North America, accompanied by Bokar Rinpoche. During their stay at Thubten Choling Monastery of the Kagyu Lineage, Kalu Rinpoche Tulku participated in conferring the empowerments bestowed by Bokar Rinpoche, as well as the daily chanting assemblies. When the young Tulku and Bokar Rinpoche visited the stupa site, they gave a spontaneous performance of Tibetan sacred dance said to have the power to pacify discordant forces.

Kalu Rinpoche Tulku since young age was interested in meditation, chanting, calligraphy and the traditional musical instruments, revealing in such manner his deep affinity for Dharma activity and displaying the qualities of a Bodhisattva, his presence dispels suffering and his gentle and loving nature evokes joy. In 2008, after completing the traditional three years retreat, Kalu Rinpoche Tulku returned to his residency in India, Sonada, from where he takes care of all his monasteries.

The II Kalu Rinpoche wearing tbe Gampopa hat

Since 2008, the Ven. II Kalu Rinpoche has visited annually Dag Shang Kagyu, the religious community related to the Dagpo and Shangpa Lineages of the Vajrayana Buddhism and founded by the first Kalu Rinpoche in Panillo, region of Graus belonging to the city of Huesca (Spain).
“The activity of the religious community Dag Shang Kagyu is based on the Tibetan concept of the Tripitaka, or “the three baskets”, which includes the Abhidharma (metaphysic and logic), the Sutrayana (discourses and teachings), and the Vinaya (ethic and codes of conduct), where are integrated the norms and requisites that the residents should accept.
These principles of conduct determinate our level of maturity within the spiritual path, i. e., in the three progressive levels of the teachings of Buda: Hinayana (rules of discipline), Mahayana (love and compassion, generosity, diligence, sharing and exchange with the others in harmony) and Vajrayana (respect and devotion towards the figure of the Lama as spiritual Authority, and towards what he represents).
For receiving information and applying for the courses of the different centers which collaborate in Spain, it should be contacted directly with them in their respective telephone numbers and addresses”.
(Web page of Dag Shang Kagyu: www.dskbudismo.org)
The visit of the Ven. II Kalu Rinpoche to Dag Shang Kagyu in the year 2010 can be seen in the following electronic address:
Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche en Dag Shang Kagyu 2010


(Extracted from the Web page www.paldenshangpa.org and reviewed by Trikaya)