Virgo wrote:Kalu Rinpoche - September (9), 16'th 1990 - Karmic number 8.
9 + 1 + 6 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 0 = 35. 3 + 5 = 8
but, his birthday is Sept. 17, 1990 -- not the 16th.
I agree there is a problem. Look at his FB page. I don't have a "peachy" view of the monastic system. There are problems, but what are we doing to improve the situation. KR has the perfect opportunity at his own Monastery to change the system, but he has seemly abandoned his responsibilities.
Greg, I am a student of the previous Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche. I am a westerner. I do not represent Bokar Monastery, nor am I trying to represent the Monastery. I am just reporting what I have witnessed. I was in Mirik when Kalu Rinpoche entered the Retreat Jan 2005. I received the Wangs from Gyalsap Rinpoche in the Retreat Building with Rinpoche, the Retreatants, Rinpoche's family and a host of other westerners . I was in Mirik when HH Karmapa, Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche and Gyalsap Rinpoche visited in OCT 2005 and NOV 2006. I saw HH, Jamon Kontrul Rinpoche and Gyalsap Rinpoche go into the Shangpa Retreat on both occasions to meet specifically with Kalu Rinpoche and the other retreatants. HH Karmapa was supposed to come again in 2007, but there was a Ghorkaland strike and the Indian Government wouldn't allow him to travel to Mirik. There are references to HH Karmapas visit to Mirik on the Kagyu Office Website. Kalu Rinpoche says in his video that no one cared about him while he was in retreat, so I think it is important to note that all the main Lineage Holders made the effort to visit Kalu Rinpoche in the Shangpa Retreat. Esp. Goshir Gyalsap Rinpoche who not only bestowed all the wangs and instructions, but who returned annually to support and instruct Kalu Rinpoche. And also, Tenga Rinpoche in 2006 or 2007. http://www.benchen.org/bdoj2005/Tenga_R ... Rumtek.htm
I do agree that there are problems in not only the monastic system, but in various Dharma centers who are under the direction of non-monastic Lamas (Himalayan and Western). I also see that Kalu Rinpoche has been given extraordinary opportunities to change the system, esp through efforts in his own monastery, but he has yet to do so.
It is said that you can tell whether someone has just eaten by how red his face is. Similarly, you can tell whether people know and practice the Dharma by whether it works as a remedy for their negative emotions and ego-clinging. --Jetsun Mila
The hungry are not satisfied by hearing about food; what they need is to eat. In the same way, just to know about Dharma is useless; it has to be practiced. --Jetsun Mila