The registration is now open for the Six-armed Mahakala Empowerment & Retreat for dispelling obstacles at the end of the Tibetan year.
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.
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.
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.
The Present Kalu Rinpoche
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.
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.
The first session was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2019.
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.
The monks and lamas of Kalu Rinpoche’s monastery in India are very grateful for the donations received through paldenshangpa.org website. A complete accounting and records are being kept of the donations and the expenditures of the monies sent to help the monks.
The first donations received have been used to clothe and feed especially the new younger monks. Also, some of the monies were spent on school supplies for their classes; maintenance and repair of the monks’ rooms; maintenance of the monastery buildings; and medical needs of the monks.
The ongoing needs are medical care, clothing, food, repair and maintenance. In consultation with doctors, dietary guidelines will be implemented to insure the monks stay healthy. All efforts are focused in making sure that the monks can study and practice and also to their well being. With the proper conditions for study and practice, they will be able to benefit the buddhadharma, society and all beings.
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From my first book
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 a Lost and Found Buddhist 》• Desire
It is from my first book We will publish soon.
Love and Respect from Kalu Rinpoche