Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche:
"I am not creating some new Dharma. I might have a new face and new body but the Dharma is the same."
This year students in the West will see the emergence of a whole new generation of teachers. Amongst others, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi and Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche are preparing for their international teaching tours, including a number of events at Rigpa centres.
Each of them an incarnation of a great master from the last century, it is amazing to see how quickly they are making a mark as teachers in their own right. While their predecessors might have been somewhat startled by the peculiarities of modern, western life, this group of young lamas are fully up to the challenge. Raised by English-speaking tutors and just as familiar with Playstation as they are with Madhyamika philosophy, they transmit the teachings of the Buddha in ways both authentic and accessible.
Last week Lama Sonam and Kagyu Rinchen Choling hosted Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche's public talk in Montpellier, near Rigpa's main centre of Lerab Ling in France. A number of Rigpa's monastic and lay community attended the teaching. They had the opportunity to meet Kalu Rinpoche after the talk, and to express both Sogyal Rinpoche and the sangha's excitement about his visit to Lerab Ling next month.
The Montpellier event is part of Kalu Rinpoche's first European tour since finishing a three year retreat in 2008, and he will teach at around 30 centres during this three-month tour. Kalu Rinpoche's teaching style was direct, warm and very natural. He covered a wide range of topics including bodhichitta, devotion, lineage, meditation, karma and motivation - making them completely accessible to both Buddhist and non Buddhists alike. Even though the words seemed clear and simple, one could feel a much deeper and direct teaching underlying!
When speaking about the motivation of bodhichitta, Kalu Rinpoche described 'all sentient beings' as an extension of our family. We simply need to extend the love and care we show our family to all sentient beings. 'All sentient beings' are just our family! As if hinting about the need for us to recognize our Buddha Nature, he referred again and again to 'being natural' and 'being yourself'.
Join us for Kalu Rinpoche's visit to Lerab Ling from 12 - 14 April where he will teach on the Four Foundations of Shangpa (the Shangpa Preliminaries). This text was composed by Tai Situ Rinpoche in 2009 at the request of Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche, so it is an incredible opportunity to receive teachings on this new text from the holder of the lineage! This event is open to all. For more information and to register visit the Lerab Ling website.
The previous Kalu Rinpoche during a teaching at Rigpa Paris in 1983