Poster - Kalu Rinposhe - Tibetan Buddhism
Framed poster, printed on thick, durable, matte paper.
About Kalu Rinpoche:
Video of Kalu Rinpoche on classic
Tibetan masters teachings.
He speaks in Tibetan, but there is
monk that gives an excellent translation
and subtitles. The talk is about the
nature of the mind, and is meant to
help us in all stages of life and places.
Very valuable lecture - VERY CLEAR
and deep, as he was.
Notes from the author - Raul:
I met Kalu Rinposhe several times
while living at Santa Cruz CA.
Once he gave a meditation session
in a small church. By the time he
came it was packed full. There were
many other monks there as well,
all his disciples.
He was to me like the secret jewel
of Tibetan Buddhism - all that knew
him were aware he was a VERY
special monk, incredibly
gifted and humble.
He talked very simple and gave
deep lessons with simple stories,
like a toad that was listening to a
smarter toad, praising him, and it
got more and more inflated as his
ego was being fed in a well, then
eventually it exploded...very powerful
way of saying that our egos are just
inflated views of ourselfs - purely imaginary!
The power he manifested there was
simply awesome. His look would
penetrate to the core and even ones
past lives would become visible
(the accumulated karma). It was short,
but near the end a beautiful clear blue
light enveloped all of us and we were
literally floating and time had stopped
flowing, those last 10 minutes
were like 10 hours!
There was an everlasting influence
that i received then. Like all such
true teaches his humility was the
most impressive trait.
Kalu Rinpoche (1905 – May 10, 1989)
was a Buddhist lama, meditation master,
scholar and teacher. He was one of
the first Tibetan masters to teach
in the West.
When Kalu Rinpoche was fifteen
years old, he was sent to begin
his higher studies at the monastery
of Palpung, the foremost center
of the Karma Kagyu school.
He remained there for more than a
decade, during which time he
mastered the vast body of teaching
that forms the philosophical basis of
Buddhist practice, and completed
two three-year retreats.
At about the age of twenty-five,
Rinpoche left Palpung to pursue
the life of a solitary yogi in the
woods of the Khampa countryside.
For nearly fifteen years, he strove
to perfect his realization of all
aspects of the teachings and he
became renowned in the villages
and among the nomads
as a representative of the
Teaching activity in Tibet
Kalu Rinpoche returned to
Palpung to receive final teachings
from Drupon Norbu Dondrup,
who entrusted him with the rare
transmission of the teaching of the
Shangpa Kagyu. At the order of
Situ Rinpoche, he was appointed
Vajra Master of the great meditation
hall of Palpung Monastery, where
for many years he gave empowerments
During the 1940s, Kalu Rinpoche
visited central Tibet with the party
of Situ Rinpoche, and there he taught
extensively. His disciples included the
regent of Tibet during the infancy of
the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Returning to Kham, Kalu Rinpoche
became the abbot of the meditation
center associated with Palpung and
the meditation teacher of the Sixteenth
Gyalwa Karmapa. He remained in that
position until the situation in Tibet
forced him into
exile in India.
Note: The author feels there is much to be said about Kalu Rinpoche
that is not covered in the above quoted materials.