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As it is not possible for HE Kalu Rinpoche to travel to the U.S. to teach in person at this time, he has graciously agreed to offer a pith version on Zoom of his planned teachings. These teachings will be offered at 12:30pm PDT on August 14, 15 and 16. Each daily teaching will be approximately 1.5 hours long.


Friday, August 14:

Melody of Wisdom: Supplication to Wisdom Dakini Niguma

On August 14, starting at 12:30pm PDT, Kalu Rinpoche will offer a teaching on The Melody of Wisdom: A Supplication to the Wisdom Dakini Niguma, which is included in a collection of supplications to the Shangpa masters by Jamgon Kongtrul. Niguma’s teachings embody fierce feminine wisdom. They are pith and go straight to the heart of the matter.

Niguma is the primary source of the teachings and practices of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage. After engaging in spiritual practice for three incalculable eons, she attained rainbow body and received teachings directly from Vajradhara, the primordial buddha. She transmitted her teachings to Khyungpo Naljor who later founded the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage. Niguma continues to manifest in various forms in order to benefit and guide beings. In particular, she compassionately watches over those who wholeheartedly engage in her practices; she blesses them and ensures the success of their enlightened activity.

This session may be taken on a standalone basis.


Saturday-Sunday, August 15-16:

Shamatha and the Nature of Mind

On Saturday and Sunday, starting at 12:30pm PDT each day, Kalu Rinpoche will be offering two days of teaching and meditation on Shamatha and the Nature of Mind.

Shamatha (Calm Abiding) is the practice of bringing the mind to stillness by resting in non-distraction. Habitually, we follow our thoughts and stories as they continuously arise and this prevents us from directly experiencing ourselves, our loved ones, and all of our human experience. On a deeper level, we are unable to access subtle levels of awareness. When we are not distracted by the movement of mind and rest the mind naturally, the cause of suffering can become clear; wisdom, compassion and all the qualities of a bodhisattva can spring forth; and we can access the wisdom that recognizes the nature of mind.


All costs includes dana for Kalu Rinpoche.

  • Fri., Aug. 14 Melody of Wisdom: Supplication to Wisdom Dakini Niguma – $75 (members $65)
  • Sat. & Sun. Aug. 15 & 16 Shamata and the Nature of Mind – $150 (members $130)
  • All 3 days – Both teachings and practices – sliding scale $225 -$300 (members start at $195)





Kalu Rinpoche received full transmission of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage from Venerable Bokar Rinpoche and completed his three-year retreat in 2008. Rinpoche continues the unbroken transmission of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Lineages, ensuring that these precious teachings remain available to those who seek to walk the blessed Path of Liberation.

Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche was born September 17, 1990, at Samdrub Darjay Choling Monastery in Sonada, India during the monthly fulfillment offerings to the Shangpa Kagyu Protector, Chagdrukpa (Six-armed Mahakala). Many auspicious signs accompanied his birth and a canopy of rainbows formed over his monastery identical to the rainbows that had appeared above the monastery after Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche Paranivana. Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche officially recognized Kalu Rinpoche’s Yangsi on March 25, 1992. Bokar Rinpoche stated, “That the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche chose to be reborn at his previous home, at his own monastery Samdrup Darjay Choling is an indication of his complete freedom of mind.”




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