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Tsering927 wrote: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.
Tsering927 wrote: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.
Tsering927 wrote:I am not Adele Wilde-Blavatsky, but I respect her point of view. After reading her blog, I thought I should make that clear. I am a western student of the previous Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche and I frequently visit Bokar Monastery. I wouldn't have elaborated, but I respect Greg's request to 'introduce' myself so that readers would have some sort of context and perspective of my motivation for posting these statements. My posts reflect my personal experience as Bokar Rinpoche's student and a frequent visitor to his Monastery.
I have received a few messages asking if I am 'Adele,' -- no, I am not.
awildeb wrote:On top of that, he is a very senior figure in Tibetan Buddhism,
kirtu wrote:awildeb wrote:On top of that, he is a very senior figure in Tibetan Buddhism,
He is not a very senior figure in TB as the Shangpa lineage is not an institutional lineage (and not matter how great the Shangpa lineage is, it's a minor lineage). Secondly he's a very young man. As such, at 21, he is still a boy, albeit one who must grow up. The Peter Pan syndrome should not be imported from the West.
I hope he irons things out and becomes a very senior figure in Buddhism.
awildeb wrote:I am Adele Wilde-Blavatsky...
gregkavarnos wrote: As for the site you chose to publish your article on, I like how it asked me for money the second time I tried to open the article and reread it. Nice!
Yes, I know that she's not responsible for the sites policy I was just adding insult to injury (wouldn't want her to leave without the full set)Mr. G wrote:Well regarding this, she is not responsible for that. Elephantjournal is. Granted there's only like 5 good articles a year out of that site.
gregkavarnos wrote:awildeb wrote:I am Adele Wilde-Blavatsky...
I agree with the overall crap assessment, although the headline might have been written by an editor.
Given the history of Tibetan politics and the stories of sexual and physical abuse I have heard from several tulkus both publicly and privately, it wouldn't surprise me if the young Kalu Rinpoche's accusations were true.
Lise, while it is good to be trusting it's not good to be ingenous and naive about the nature of Tibetan "Dharma" politics! When somebody cries rape, it is obviously good to give them the benefit of the doubt, but one still has to be intelligently cautious. The problem with Adele Wilde-Blavatsky was that her article did not provide any evidence. I am not going to ask an alleged rape victim to provide evidence, especially if there is no real reason to ask them to supply evidence, but if somebody wants to accuse the alleged victim of being deceitful, well, the onus of responsibility lies with the accuser to provide evidence of the deceit (as far as I am concerned).lisehull wrote:My question is simple - why are we doubting Kalu Rinpoche? Does he have anything to gain from lying? I don't think so.
Tenzin1 wrote:Good for him for giving the world a reality check about what the monastic system is really like. Namkhai Norbu's son says in the film "My Reincarnation" that the reason his father refused to send him to a monastery was because of all the abuse his father suffered as a child. A Western tulku says in Gesar Mukpo's film, "Tulku" that the monasteries are "cesspools" of hate, jealousy, violence and child abuse. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. These are medieval institutions run by medieval minds. Reform is long overdue, and children have no business living in an institution full of celibate adults. This is a problem not only in the Tibetan monasteries, but in Sri Lanka and Taiwan as well. It's time authorities put compassion into action and perhaps convert the "kiddie program" in the monasteries as day schools rather than boarding schools.
awildeb wrote:I am Adele Wilde-Blavatsky...
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