Aug 03

Kalu Rinpoche | The Five Dakinis (Morning session – The true meaning of compassion)

Good morning to all of you. Tashi delek.

So I hope all of you have been well and I’m very happy to see all of you.

Just a few days ago, I met His Holiness Dalai Lama. So it was amazing, overwhelming, lost my sleep, my appetite, lost my emotions.

It was very much overwhelming to meet him, to sit with him, together privately.

So then he gives me this gift, Buddha Shakyamuni statue. Then he also gives me the Avalokitesvara medicine pills. So I would like to share with all of you.

Another thing I would like to say, is that I would like to say thank you to all of you, for showing all the unconditional support and commitment since 2010. Regardless of the challenges, regardless of the obstacles, you have given me so much commitment and dedication and loyalty and the dharmic connection. And due to all of that, collectively, then my meeting with His Holiness was possible. Not by one person itself. So, I already thanked, after the audience, I called all my lamas in America and I thanked Situ Rinpoche, I thanked all my lamas in America. And now I want to thank all of you. So that’s that. Okay? Thank you.

I told him that we focus very much to the Six-Armed Mahakala and then we maintain the legacy of the previous Kalu Rinpoche and we have 45 dharma centers around the world. These are all the things that I maintain. And then he said to me: “Very good! It’s Shangpa Kagyu right?” he said, he asked me; I said “Yes Your Holiness”, and then he said “Very good! Just maintain, maintain just like that! continue”.

In this session, I will give some principle guideline. Then tomorrow we will do the Five Dakinis empowerment and practice. Okay?

And then also the Five Dakinis they are very, very special practice and very short, very simple. So if you complain about that you cannot do that, then I have nothing else to give to you. It’s only three pages. Come on, you can do it.

Because if it’s like the Six-Armed Mahakala, then it’s like seven pages, eight pages or more. But the Five Dakinis have like only two pages. It’s very short, very simple.

I think the most important for all of us as a practitioner is to practice compassion. It is very important.

When I met His Holiness, the compassion and the kindness that I felt from him is beyond.

Because I like my lamas, I like the family here and there, I have my own family. So you think that you understand the meaning of love and kindness and you think. But when you are next to the enlightened being, the whole aura and charismatic and the kindness and the compassion that you feel from it, it is beyond my imagination and limitation. You know?

He touch my head, and he said “My poor child, my poor child, Nying jé” that’s the description, “Nying jé Kalu Rinpoche”. Then you feel like a reborn. Right now of course, I am supposed to give teachings, but I’m still living that memory in my head.

I wake up the next morning and I said to myself “Did that happen or not?”. I had to check my phone and “Ah, yes that happened!”.

So I think the practice of compassion is very important, not necessarily the engagement with the compassion to the world outside, but the practice of compassion is very important as a main principle.

And many people when they become Buddhist, they think that “oh I have to be compassionate”. So therefore, we misunderstand between pleasing the people and the true meaning of compassion. Because then we think “Oh, we have to be very passive, we have to be very passive, we have to be non-aggression, and then we have to be very compassionate, we have to be kind” and even speaking the truth may shake things little bit, so therefore I should not speak the truth. You know, so then you start pretending, then you start pleasing other people, then you start lying actually. It has an opposite effect. When you don’t have a genuine understanding from your heart.

So therefore, I’m not saying that you have to be aggressive or anything like that. We have a lot of, we start to have a lot of accumulated misunderstanding. When we try to be something that we are not. And so therefore, trying to “be compassionate” is one thing but overestimating, thinking that you have compassion, that you are capable of generating immense compassion and engagement to the real world, that can be quite disappointing eventually over the time. So therefore, practicing compassion is fairly distinctive from engaging in the external world, at least in the beginning. So I think that is very important.


Torma Offering to the Dakinis of the Five Classes Just for Regular Practice
Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche
Paldenshangpa La Boulaye France
DAY 1 – June 27, 2022 – Morning session (1/10)

To be continued …