Oct 25

Kalu Rinpoche | 4th International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism (Part 1)

Good morning everyone, good morning, good morning to our Rinpoche, Lopön and representatives from the different branches of the Buddhist institutions from around the world. I’m so honoured and so privileged to be here, and I’m so nervous to speak at the same time. I will try my best.

And, first of all, I would like to start with my deep and sincere gratitude to His Majesty the King, because to Him, we are here together. Throughout the history, India has noble kingdom who are very favourable to Buddhism, who sponsored to build a temple and universities, and of course, over the time, change, and then over the time, south of India, different noble families, kingdoms, donated, sponsored, built the temple, carved into the stone. And like an example, in China, and Korea, Japan and South-East Asia, and then especially Tibet and Bhutan. It’s like a one family, Vajrayana country together.

And how, due to the blessings and the guidance of His Majesty the King, because many noble kings be can just, be a noble king, you know? What makes him great, not because I’m a Bhutanese, because he promotes the secular, you know, everybody has a choice to believe with the different branches of Buddhism coming together, discussing, not just “in my opinion is very important”. But rather sharing and debating, and exchanging the ideas as the senior Rinpoches and Lopöns have explained the importance of the Vajrayana Conference in the beginning of this session, which I will not explain furthermore. That’s one thing, so that’s my one sincere gratitude to His Majesty.

The second gratitude goes to the 70th Je Khenpo, because he is the spiritual head of Bhutan, and due to his kindness and compassion, all the different branches of the different Buddhist faith, not just Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, not just Theravada, not just Mahayana, but throughout the world coming here, is also due to his blessing, due to his kindness and followed by Lopön and his representatives. And my sincere gratitude to our Je Khenpo as well, His Holiness.

And the third is I want to thank, first, Dasho Karma Ura I’m sure he’s very busy with so many responsibilities as we have witnessed since last night, you know, has no sense of entitlement, always engaging everywhere, wherever is needed. And that’s a great leadership, and through him and Professor Ian Baker, […] both of them told me to come here, and share my experience, and I was very happy, and very excited to be here, and to demonstrate the Niguma Yoga.

And thank you very much for this invitation, opportunities and blessings. That’s the first thing I want to say.

Now, please judge me if I’m running out of time, otherwise I will get a punishment […], joking, respectfully.


His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche talked about Niguma Yoga: Tsalung Trulkhor in the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as a part of the 4th International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism held from October 1 to October 4 in Bhutan.
Center for Bhutan & GNH Studies

To be continued …