Aug 25

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 hope that you understand very clearly about the meaning and the purpose of doing this Grand Shangpa Empowerment.

We are doing this Shangpa Empowerment is because of the importance of the lineage and importance of the people of nowadays who are interested in Buddha Dharma teachings. Because many of us we have this pure intention and at the same time willing to have a sense of commitment, wanting to practice dharma, and then at the same time wanting to receive a genuine empowerment. Therefore I find it’s very important to provide this empowerment for all the people from around the world, so that we have all the opportunities to do all the retreat and all the practices in the future, by participating in this four-days of the Shangpa empowerment.

I have received this Shangpa empowerment from Situ Rinpoche, and Situ Rinpoche is my guru. Of course, I call him by Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche. He received this Shangpa empowerment from the 16th Kamapa. And then it goes all the way back to 1000 years old of the lineage and history. And Situ Rinpoche told me that I have to continue to give the Shangpa empowerment in my life, 108 times. But it is quite difficult to make this kind of a gathering very often. So I take this moment to make this kind of a gathering, in order to continue my commitment, and also to benefit all the sentient beings.

So the whole purpose of receiving the Shangpa empowerment is that, if one day that you want to do retreat, if one day that you want to do retreat by yourself, on your own, and then it can be very beneficial because you have all the empowerment and transmission, and you have no other time that you need to waste.

So that’s the whole purpose of the Shangpa empowerment. No.1 is remembering the legacy. Second is giving the importance to all the people. And the third is that, having a more possibility to do the practice as well. So that’s the whole purpose of the Shangpa empowerment. And then I’m looking forward to see all of you and I wish you all the best and lots of Tashi Delek again. Thank you very much!


Kalu Rinpoche
August 2019