Friday, 2 December 2011

Lama Zopa Rinpoche meets His Holiness

Venerable Roger updated his blog on the recent happenings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Here are some excerpts: 
Lama Zopa Rinpoche meets His Holiness Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked through the door. Rinpoche went forward to greet him (not being able to prostrate) and they embraced (this was the first time Rinpoche had met His Holiness since his stroke earlier in the year). The room was very silent and still. They remained embracing each other for what seemed like a long time. His Holiness then sat down and asked Rinpoche to sit close. His Holiness then held Rinpoche’s right hand and kept massaging and stroking it throughout their meeting and asking about how the stroke had started and all that had happened. During the meeting, for some who were in the small group with Rinpoche, it was hard to hold back the tears. Some were not holding them back at all.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Khandro-la
Khandro-la explained to me that it is very difficult for Rinpoche to think of looking after his own body. This is something I can really relate to. I see it all the time, but much more so since the stroke. In the hospital after the stroke, Rinpoche, at the most difficult and most critical times, seemed to have not the slightest interest in his body. He wasn’t at all interested in what the doctors or nurses did to his body. Never asked any questions of the doctors or nurses about his condition. He seemed to just accept everything, getting better/not getting better didn’t seem to make a difference. What was always foremost on his mind was commitments: prayers and practice, and that is the same now. All else can be left behind. Focusing on getting his body healthy isn’t easy! Khandro-la says Rinpoche is always “in practice.” It is rare to see someone like this even amongst high lamas, someone whose mind is never separate from tong-len, bodhichitta and emptiness. Outwardly we can see and comment on Rinpoche’s great generosity with so many projects to benefit others, but it is difficult to see the real practice.

Go read the remaining of his updates here

Below are photos of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, Oregon.  A beautiful rainbow was sighted after Rinpoche finished water offering to Dzambhala. May my precious kind guru recover completely immediately and may I see him real soon. Om mani padme hum!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing water offering to Dzambhala
Beautiful rainbow sighted
Drawing & message from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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