His Eminence VV Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche
H.E. the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1904. He was considered the supreme meditation master of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the activity emanation of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Having spent more than one-third of his 80 years in solitary meditation he became an expert on the nature of the mind. From 1971 until 1989 he traveled many times to numerous countries giving teaching and empowerment and also establishing many centers like Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling. He placed many on the path to freedom and omniscience by always giving refuge wherever he went. Renowned as a great retreat master in Tibet, he continued this tradition by establishing three-year retreats in Bhutan and India, and in 1976 he founded the first three-year retreat for Westerners in France. There are now many such retreats in Europe and North America where students can receive intensive training in traditional Buddhism. In 1989, H.E. Kalu Rinpoche passed from this life.
His Eminence the 2nd VV Kalu Rinpoche
His Eminence, the second Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born September 17, 1990 during offerings to the special Shangpa Kagyu protector, Six-Armed Mahakala, at his previous home, Samdrub Darjay Chöling Monastery in Sonada India. Auspicious signs accompanied the birth as the Monastery was covered with a canopy of rainbows like the ones that appeared at the Parinirvana of the previous Kalu Rinpoche. Recognized by His Eminence the Venerable T’ai Situ Rinpoche in 1992, Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche made his first world tour in 1995 accompanied by Ven. Bokar Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Donyen Rinpoche. One of the highlights of His Eminence’s visit was “The Blessing of The Children” where Rinpoche blessed each of 200 youngsters individually in the Bodhi Stupa, touching the tops of their heads. The loving kindness, compassion, sweet patience and poise that emanated from him in his then five-year-old body during this several hours-long ceremony left no doubt that he was indeed Dorje Chang Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche’s reincarnation. The Yangsi received the complete empowerments of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage from Ven. Bokar Rinpoche and entered the traditional three-year retreat at Bokar Monastery in Mirik, India. In September 2008, he completed three-year retreat and assumed his seat at Sonada.