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Aloka
07 Dec 11, 19:56
The young Kalu Rinpoche speaks frankly about his life as a tulku so far......
...very sad :crying:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Ka3bEN1rs

Aloka
07 Dec 11, 20:54
More from him here: "Broken Hearted in France"

http://www.paldenshangpa.net/2011/04/broken-hearted-in-france/


...and some interesting observations: "Fix Your Mind, Confusion is not an option"....




"We call ourselves Buddhist. We always think that we need to go to a monastery, take refuge, make connections with high lamas , practice meditation, wear robes, do three-year retreat, etc.

Actually the point is more simple: All we need is one person, he or she, who is able to free our deluded mind. If the personal connection with that person can fix our mind, whether he or she is a Buddhist or Christian, religious or secular, that person who can really fix our mind is the buddha !

Don’t make your beliefs so solid. Even at the time of Buddha the followers connected directly to the Buddha himself. No colors, no big temples, no ceremonies; just person to person. So what you need is to find a person who has life experience and spiritual qualification that can fix your mind. That’s all you need. Take your time and be patient, that’s the key.

If you want to fall into more confusion there are many masters who will mess you up easily, for sure it will work, but for me confusion is not an option."

http://www.paldenshangpa.net/2011/11/fix-your-mind-confusion-is-not-an-option/





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Esho
07 Dec 11, 22:08
Thanks Dazz,

Seems that it is a valuable and courageous testimony...

Hope that the school can be a place for true deliverance and awakening.

plwk
07 Dec 11, 22:55
May Rinpoche be well and happy....

Aloka
07 Dec 11, 23:09
May Rinpoche be well and happy....

Absolutely :hands:

Willy
23 Dec 11, 06:11
When he came to Santa Fe I had the chance to meet with him personally and to go to a public lecture. I should note at least 60% of the people at the lecture had been students of the previous Kalu Rinpoche.

He was very open, and told his story to the group, but he said it all with a bit more humor than in the video. He was very witty and told everyone to "stop being so Buddhist". He kept saying, "I'm the real Kalu Rinpoche, don't look at the magazines!" He also said, "my previous incarnation built centers all over the world, but I'm going to tear them down." He also played down his experience in his 3 year retreat, and said he had very little to offer aside from "friendship on the path". As much as he plays himself down, I felt a very strong blessing, and this was noted by the people I was with. Also, some of my friends, who had taken refuge with the previous Kalu Rinpoche, said he his radical approach was familiar to them.

After 15 years doing committed practice, and listening to my teachers, and doing my own research, I have also come to the conclusion that the Tibetan monastic system is a feudalistic power structure. I can also see how the monk/nun system should be revamped in a way where the children in the monasteries can get a real education and have the potential to do more with their lives.

I think it takes a lot of courage for a person in such a position, the only Rinpoche in the Shangpa tradition (not Kagyu by the way), to break down the structure that would hold him up so high. He is a threat to certain people and they would like to see him stopped.

I should also add that there was a very large rainbow coming down right onto the lecture hall, seen by a friend of mine.

Aloka
23 Dec 11, 08:35
the Shangpa tradition (not Kagyu by the way)

As far as I know, there isn't a separate Shangpa tradition now, it was merged as a branch of Karma Kagyu. The previous Kalu Rinpoche was a lama of the Kagyu Shangpa lineage and taught and gave empowerments at Karma Kagyu centres around the world.

The present tulku was born in 1990, recognised in 1992 by HE Tai Situ Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyu lineage and officially enthroned in 1993 by Situ Rinpoche,Gyaltsap Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche (all Karma Kagyu).

Information about Shangpa Kagyu can be found here and it mentions Kalu Rinpoche as the present lineage holder:

http://www.palpung.eu/kagyu/shangpa-kagyu/en/

He is also in a list of Kagyu teachers here:

http://www.palpung.eu/lehrer-der-kagyu-linie/weitere-lehrer/en/

Beatzen
23 Dec 11, 09:01
that was heartbreaking. I think of the monks abusing a child and it makes me so disturbed. I grew up in a fervently Roman Catholic family, before I began studying the dharma. I think it was sinead o'connor's vitriolic wake up call to the sex abuse by catholic priests that shook me out of my faith in the clergy.

I suppose it's my western naievete that makes me think that, if anyone would adhere to vows, it would be buddhist clergy. Not so.

He's very trusting to continue to practice the dharma, having been around bad examples like that.

Terma
23 Dec 11, 14:17
I am not a Kagyu expert by any means, but I think that there may be some practices unique to the Shangpa tradition. i would have to look into this a little more, though. Just from an interest point of view.

Terma

Aloka
23 Dec 11, 15:24
I am not a Kagyu expert by any means, but I think that there may be some practices unique to the Shangpa tradition. i would have to look into this a little more, though. Just from an interest point of view.

Terma

Very probably. It was originally connected with 2 women -Sukasiddhi, and Niguma who was the consort /or sister of Naropa.

Regarding the previous Kalu Rinpoche, when I was a young girl I received a number of teachings and empowerments from him in different centres in Europe, when he was an old man.

Willy
23 Dec 11, 22:18
When I was talking with the current Kalu Rinpoche, he said that he was "Shangpa and not Kagyu". He made a point to differentiate, but I didn't ask him why. Maybe he wants to be the head of his own lineage, and not get involved in Kagyu affairs, or maybe it's the historical thread of transmission he wants to distinguish... just speculating - I have no idea.

Aloka
23 Dec 11, 22:32
When I was talking with the current Kalu Rinpoche, he said that he was "Shangpa and not Kagyu". He made a point to differentiate, but I didn't ask him why. Maybe he wants to be the head of his own lineage, and not get involved in Kagyu affairs, or maybe it's the historical thread of transmission he wants to distinguish... just speculating - I have no idea.


That's very interesting .... and I sincerely hope that he always abides in safety and well being. :hands:

Aloka
19 Jan 12, 16:57
Kalu Rinpoche talks about his plans for his monasteries....



My dear friends, I want to share with all of you the vision I have for my monasteries.

From outside everything looks very beautiful. But looking behind the glossy cover of the magazine, the reality is quite different. I really feel that a lot needs to be changed:

Young children are mainly brought to the monastery to become monks because of their families’ financial difficulty. This is not the choice of the children .

Then they receive a religious education but not a regular education. This means that when the children grow up, if they decide to leave the monastery they have no way to live a good life.

I have close friends who left the monastery when they became 19 or 20 yrs old, and now they are washing dishes in a restaurant or driving taxi. Since they have no training or education for living in the world, they will have a very difficult time to have a full and happy life. This breaks my heart.

Also I see the young monks learning about Dharma without having any direct experience of life; nor without the expericnce of Dharma in life.

For example, I learned, as many young monks learn, that samsara lies outside the walls of the monastery; that those who are in relationship, those who are married, those who work and are fully engaged in life are in samsara while those of us in the monastery are not in samsara. We are educated with this kind of pride, this kind of prejudice.

Some of these monks then go into retreat and come out as Lamas. They are invited to the west to live and teach in a Buddhist center. And when they arrive, they discover that “Samsara is Beautiful”.

They then want to experience everything that life has to offer, and too often get involved in dharma business, and abusing and taking advantage of innocent people. Too often they use the Dharma to cover up and justify their personal behavior.


continued :

http://www.paldenshangpa.net/2011/09/a-vision-for-the-future/



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Aloka
10 Mar 12, 10:06
Kalu Rinpoche's sad story was in the UK press here yesterday:...........


"The YouTube confessional sending shockwaves through the Buddhist world

Young Kalu Rinpoche's traumatic revelations highlight the dissonance between Tibetan tradition and 21st-century life."

by Mary Finnigan


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/mar/09/youtube-confessional-buddhist-kalu-rinpoche?newsfeed=true

The website mentioned in the newspaper article isn't his personal website, I think this one is:

http://www.paldenshangpa.net/

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