Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche was born September 17 1990, at Samdrub Darjay Choling monastery in Sonada, India during the auspicious Shangpa Kagyu Protector the 6-armed Mahakala monthly fulfillment offerings.
Many auspicious signs accompanied his birth and Samdrub Darjay Choling monastery was enshrined with a canopy of rainbows identical to those that appeared immediately after the prior Kabje Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana. Venerable Bokar Rinpoche said: “That the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche chose to be reborn at his previous home, at his own monastery Samdrup Darjay Choling is an indication of his complete freedom of mind.” Many faithful patrons, disciples and students of the previous incarnation have felt over joyed, both physically and mentally, upon simply seeing his face. From that moment, his previous disciples and students, near and far spread the news: “The Supreme reincarnation of our spiritual master has been reborn!”
His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche was born to Lama Gyaltsen who served as the previous Rinpoche’s secretary and his mother Drolkar. Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche officially recognized Kalu Rinpoche’s Yangsi (young reincarnation) on March 25, 1992, saying that he had received definite signs from Kalu Rinpoche Himself. Tai Situ Rinpoche then sent a letter of recognition to his father Lama Gyaltsen. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was then consulted and confirmed that the child, then one and a half years old, was surely and unmistakably the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche.
His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche was invited in July of 1992, to visit the Buddhist meditation centers founded in France by his previous incarnation, his disciples and many others who met him for the first time were amazed and moved to faith by his amazing presence. In December of 1992, he made his first pilgrimage to the supreme sacred place, Bodhgaya India, the place where Shakyamuni Buddha achieved enlightenment, to attend the Kagyu Monlam.
Although still very young, he attended daily the great gathering of monks to recite The Aspirations of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra performed prostrations and made offerings to the representations of the Buddha’s body, speech and mind of the Buddha. Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche played the ritual hand drum and bell proficiently at the head of the assembly demonstration to all his understanding of sacred rituals. Young Yangsi gave gifts to the beggars there without having been taught to do so and his natural pleasure in doing these benevolent acts astonished everyone and led all to feel great faith in him.
In July of 1992, the new incarnation was invited to visit His Dharma Centers in France. There his disciples along with many new people who met him were moved by the young Tulku’s presence. In december of 1992 Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche made his first pilgrimage to Bodhgaya. Although still very young he attended the daily great gathering to recite Aspiration Prayers, make prostrations and make offerings to the Buddha’s body speech and mind. The young Kalu Rinpoche gave spontaneous gifts to the beggars with out being instructed to do so which inspired disciples around him with great faith.
On February 28, 1993, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche was enthroned at Samdrup Darjay Choling Monastery in Sonada at a profound ceremony of investiture. The 14th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche presided over the ceremony, assisted by Kabje Kalu Rinpoche’s heart-son, Bokar Rinpoche. Tai Situ Rinpoche performed the hair-cutting ceremony and bestowed on the young incarnation the name Karma Ngedön Tenpay Gyaltsen; Victory Banner of the Teachings of the True Meaning.