I was surfing the web and came across this curiously cool reaction by Lama Lodu
to Kalu Rinpoche's recent visit to San Francisco. I found this startling, knowing how reluctant Tibetans are to publicly criticize high lamas. Did anyone here see Kalu Rinpoche on his recent tour and do you want to comment?
I wrote about seeing him in an other discussion thread. I saw Kalu Rinpoche in Santa Fe, in a private meeting and later at a public lecture. He was very witty and has a great sense of humor. I can't say how others took him in, but the audience in Santa Fe was mostly made up of people practicing for many years and students of the previous Kalu Rinpoche. There was a lot of laughter coming from the audience. Also some of the questions reflected people's concern for his safety. He is going against a massive institution with power, money and all the other things that go with medieval infrastructures.
He did not prop himself up, remained extremely humble and repeatedly played himself down. Despite this attitude I felt a very strong blessing and a friend of mine not at the lecture saw a massive rainbow coming down right on top of the community college where we were. This wouldn't be so special, except that we were in the middle of a terrible drought. You may have heard about the fires in NM and AZ. When Kalu Rinpoche was in town, we had wet weather - the first in months.
I don't want to add more rumors to the pot, but I have heard a rumor that he is actually not the incarnation of Kalu Rinpoche, but his son - and that explains his close appearance.