Jan 26

A Brief Biography of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche

On September 17, 1990, the reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling, India. His father, Lama Gyaltsen, nephew of Kalu Rinpoche, had been his secretary since his youth.

Tai Situ Rinpoche recognized officially as reincarnation (Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche in Tibetan, yangsi meaning literally “new existence”) on March 25, 1992, explaining that he received signs of Kalu Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama officially confirms this recognition as well as many masters like Chatral Rinpoche, H.H. Sakya Trinzin Rinpoche.

On February 28, 1993, he was inducted into Samdrub Darjay Chöling (Sonada) during a ceremony presided over by Taï Sitou Rinpoche and Gyaltsab Rinpoche. During the haircut ritual, the young tulku (Tibetan reincarnation) receives the name of Karma Ngédeun Tenpè Gyaltsèn (Banner of Victory of the Teachings of True Sense). From that moment, he is the second Kalu Rinpoche.

His father passed away in 1999 and he asked to live in the monastery of Bokar Rinpoche in order to grow and study under his direction. In 2004, he began the traditional three-year retreat he completed in 2008. In 2009, he received from Tai Situ Rinpoche all the transmissions of the Shangpa Lineage. On this occasion, he undertakes to confer 108 times the cycle of initiations of the lineage from which he is now holder.

In 2010, Kalu Rinpoche traveled to the West and took charge of the meditation centers created by the first Kalu Rinpoche around the world.

In 2014, he returned to Burgundy, in the center of meditation Palden Shangpa La Boulaye, to teach and to resume the tradition of Monlam Shangpa initiated by his predecessor. He has done the same in the United States in 2019. He also resumed the conduct of three years retreats, first in Burgundy after renovation of a retreat center, then in Brazil where such a retreat takes place for the first time.

Kalu Rinpoche gives each year initiations and teachings around the world: in Europe, especially in Burgundy; in North and South America, particularly in Brazil; and in Asia. Rinpoche gives every year teachings and empowerments in Thailand.