The gem of the oral instructions
Author: Kalu Rinpoche
Lama Vajradhara Kalu Rinpoche was born in Khan (eastern Tibet) in 1904. At thirteen he took the monastic ordination and, at the age of fifteen, he entered the traditional three year and three month retreat under the spiritual guidance of Norbu Tendrup. After a period of pilgrimage to the sacred places of Tibet, he began a long solitary retreat in the caves of the hi mountainsmalayani, who left only twelve years later when he was asked to leave his studies and ascetic practice to run a famous meditation center. The teachings collected here, taught by Kalu Rinpoche in 1982 in America, illustrate the different aspects of the path of enlightenment as set forth in the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana scriptures. Kalu Rinpoche, recognized by the holders of the four major Tibetan lineages as a meditation master of Milarepa's stature, details all the fundamental aspects of the Buddhist path: refuge, prostrations, visualizations, mandala practice, meditations with and without object, the Mahamudra, the layman and bodhisattva vows, the development of bodhicitta and the particular guru-disciple relationship characteristic of the Vajrayana. At the end of the talks, he answers the participants' questions and doubts, guiding them in practice and demonstrating his deep knowledge of Western society and mentality.