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Dear Dharma friends,

We are pleased to announce that registration and application are now open for the Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment that will take place from October 3rd through the 6th, 2019.

This is being organized by Shangpa Kagyu Asia under the guidance of Kalu Rinpoche.

The empowerments will take place from October 3 to 6, 2019 at: VIE Hotel Bangkok, 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road, Ratchathewi 10400 Bangkok Thailand.

Please fill out an application along with your payment to the link below. You will receive a confirmation email after successful submission.




You’re welcomed to sponsor this event through the payment link below.


Kalu Rinpoche | The Purpose of Doing the Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment

Hello, Tashi Delek to all of you. This is Kalu Rinpoche. I made this voice recording and one of our translators will translate that into your own language. So, I [...]

Registration | The Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment

Dear Dharma friends,

We are pleased to announce that registration and application are now open for the Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment that will take place from October 3rd through the 6th, 2019. This is being organized by Shangpa Kagyu Asia under the guidance of Kalu Rinpoche.


Sponsorship | The Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment

You’re welcomed to sponsor this event through the payment link below, or contact us via E-mail asia@paldenshangpa.org.


Preliminary Notice of Registration | The Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment

The application for the first session of the Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment, which is under the guidance of Kalu Rinpoche and is organized by Shangpa Kagyu Asia, is coming soon. The registration procedure will start at www.paldenshangpa.org on the Mahakala’s Auspicious Day.


Coming Event:The Grand Shangpa Kagyu Empowerment

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche has kindly accepted the sincere requests from disciples in Asia and will be giving the grand Shangpa Kagyu empowerment, which includes the entire set of empowerments and transmissions of Shangpa Kagyu Lineage. This series of transmission and empowerments is expected to be given in three sessions over the course of three years.


Brief Introduction to Shangpa Kagyu Lineage

The Shangpa Kagyu lineage is regarded as one of the Eight Practice Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, originating from the 10th to 11th centuries. During that period of time, master Khyungpo Naljor travelled to India and Nepal several times in search of the Dharma. He received teachings from two dakinis of extraordinary accomplishments, Niguma and Sukhasiddhi, who received teachings directly from Vajradhara. Aside from these two exceptional female teachers, Khyungpo Naljor also received extensive teachings and practices from other masters; thereupon he became the holder of four lineages: the Niguma Lineage ( the Six Yogas of Niguma and the Five Golden Dharmas ) , the Sukhasiddhi Lineage (Sukhasiddhi’s Six Yogas), the Shavaripa Lineage of Six-armed Mahakala Practice (which was passed down by Shavaripa to Maitripa and then to Rahulabhadra) , and the lineage of the Five-deity Practice from Dorjie Denpa. When Khyungpo Naljor went back to Tibet, he established his monastery in a place called “Shang”. Since then, the lineage has been known as Shangpa Kagyu.

In 19th century, as one of the principal founders of the Rime Movement, First Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye), dedicated a great effort in gathering the transmissions of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage and ensured their continuation by writting them into his Five Treasuries. In addition, the First Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche also built a Shangpa Kagyu retreat center at Tsadra Rinchen Drak near Palpung Monastery. Thereafter, the Shangpa Kagyu lineage holders were Lama Norbu, the First Kalu Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche and then nowadays the Second Kalu Rinpoche.

In the summer of the year 2009, after completion of the traditional three-year retreat, Kalu Rinpoche requested the Venerable Tai Situ Rinpoche to give him all the empowerments and teachings of Shangpa Kagyu Lineage.
Simultaneously, Tai Situ Rinpoche asked Kalu Rinpoche to take the responsibility of giving the teachings and empowerments of Shangpa Kagyu lineage for at least 108 times in this life. Alongside Tai Situ Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche accepted this great commitment and responsibility.

Dear Dharma friends,

Till now, according to the emails that we have received, we have accumulated 8 559 828 times of reciting the mantra of Six-armed Mahakala.

100 million mantras

Six-Armed Mahakala Worldwide Practice

Mahakala is a pure emanation of Avalokiteshvara in order to benefit all beings.

His practice originates from the great Mahasiddha Shawaripa and was carried to Tibet by Khyungpo Naljor. It has been passed down through an unbroken lineage until the present. The great Taranatha, a lineage holder of this practice refined the texts and practices. Because there are misconceptions of the protector as someone guarding the front door and the deities are in the middle of the temple, while the root guru and the Buddha are forgotten on the side. But the essence of this Mahakala practice in the lineage of Taranatha is combining the protector with the deity and guru yoga practice. That has been the essence of this practice.

It is important for us to see the protector, deity, and guru as inseparable, not through visualization but through the state and quality of your mind. One should practice this wholeheartedly without any doubt. On the special days of the Lunar month one should try to make small offerings to Mahakala.

Six-armed Mahakala

The main protector of the Shangpa lineage is six-arm Mahakala.

All the Mahakalas are a manifestation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Avalokiteshvara is peaceful but when the sentient beings karma is such that peacefulness cannot help them and cannot tame them, then the Buddha manisfests in a wrathful manifestation. Buddha’s manisfestation is not limited. Buddha does not always smile. There is smiling Buddha, there is frowning Buddha and there is Buddha blazing with fire. Mahakala is the blazing Buddha. And this is to help us, to protect us from our own defilements, to help all sentient beings from all obstacles.

We all have a little demon inside us, and Mahakala is to burn that demon, to destroy that demon, and to tame that demon to become a good and kind bodhisattva.


from “Shangpa Kagyu Teachings” by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

Mönlam History

Kagyu Mönlam originated in the 15th century by the Seventh Gyalwang Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso, as a gathering for followers of the Kagyu lineage. In 1983, H.E. Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche re-established Mönlam at Bodhgaya, with about forty participants, mostly monks and lamas from the Sonada monastery.

In 2014, H.E. the 2nd Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche, tulku of the first Kalu Rinpoche, began Shangpa Monlam in France, continuing the tradition of his predecessor. Rinpoche has kindly bestowed the honor on KSK Buddhist Center to host the first North American Mönlam in Santa Fe.

Mönlam History

Tai Situ Rinpoche | To the First Shangpa Kagyu Monlam in North America

ཐབས་མཁས་ཐུགས་རྗེས་ཤཱཀྱའི་རིགས་སུ་འཁྲུངས།། With skillful means and compassion, you were born in the Śākya clan, གཞན་གྱིས་མི་ཐུབ་བདུད་ཀྱི་དཔུང་འཇོམས་པ།། Unconquerable by others, you vanquished Māra's hordes, གསེར་གྱི་ལྷུན་པོ་ལྟ་བུར་བརྗིད་པའི་སྐུ།། Your physical form resplendent, like a mountain of [...]

First North American Shangpa Mönlam – August 1-4, 2019 | August 3 – afternoon session

1st North America Shangpa monlam August 3 - afternooon session 1 1st North America Shangpa monlam August 3 - afternooon session 2

First North American Shangpa Mönlam – August 1-4, 2019 | An especially auspicious day

Shangpa Mönlam, conducted by H.E. Kalu Rinpoche, is occurring for the first time in the United States. Mönlam creates aspirations for the enlightenment of all beings and peace for the […]


Shangpa Monlams 2014

In 2014, a Mönlam session was held in France in La Boulaye and many representatives of Kalu Rinpoche centers in Europe, Asia and America were able to attend this great [...]

Shangpa Monlams 2016

In 2016, we combined the Mönlam with an intensive Six-Armed Mahakala practice, twenty-four hours a day for seven days. The temple hall had been adorned with a flower canopy on [...]

Shangpa Monlams – August 11 – 19, 2018

For 2018, I invite you for eight days of intensive practice together. I foresee that our gathering will be very auspicious for our community and for each of us. We will practice the Mönlam as well as the Tara and Six Armed Mahakala rituals.


If you really want to be a great practitioner, a liberator, you have to be human. you cannot be a robot. You cannot be systematic. You have to utilize your emotions, your love, your compassion. It is not the fantasy we have about the compassion of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. It is important to be fearless and yet at the same time you have to be gentle. ”


—《I Am Lost and Found Buddhist 》• Desire
It is from my first book We will publish soon.

Love and Respect from Kalu Rinpoche

April 2018

Kalu Rinpoche | Pure Joy

People have this assumption that pure joy is being next to the master all the time, constantly. That is not pure joy. Being promoted and praised by the master in […]


Kalu Rinpoche | Karma is not an excuse

First of all, karma is not an excuse. It should not be used as an excuse. My method is to never believe in bad karma. Always believe in good karma. […]


Kalu Rinpoche | Having a sense of detachment

All appearances must be seen as an illusion, as a dream but in reality it is a combination of the relative and absolute truth that you must recognize. Not just […]


Kalu Rinpoche | End of Retreat

People assume that at the end of the retreat, that is done and you just fly away like a bird. But the reality is that the real retreat starts after […]


Kalu Rinpoche | Emptiness

There are two things that I want to explain about emptiness. The fisrt one I can explain and the second one is that I have nothing to explain. The one […]


Kalu Rinpoche | Tantra Misconceptions

What is happening nowadays in Vajrayana is that it is going backwards. The very purpose of the Vajrayana is to break away from the concept of perfection. Whether you are […]