Historic Meeting of Two Great Buddhist Traditions

by Anonymous

12 May 2009 - 10:06pm Comments Off

A historic meeting between two great Buddhist traditions took place at our Kechara House recently on the 13 th January 2007. It was a convergence of two very different yet fundamentally similar traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Venerable Kobutsu Malone and his son, Venerable Ryushin came to meet our lama, Tsem Rinpoche in his audience room at Kechara House.

They came to know of our lama through the exciting teaching videos being aired on the internet on the Rinpoche’s website. They were alerted of our lama’s unconventional and modern approach to Buddhism by their friend and sponsor Mr Lim Kooi Fong, webmaster of www.buddhistchannel.tv website. Having mutual interest in a modern presentation of Buddhism brought them to meet our lama on their way home to the States from Japan in their full Zen monk robes. Our lama and the monks had casual conversations and shared stories of their lives, hopes and dreams. Venerable Kobutsu Malone told of his early experience as a follower of H E Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and wears the badge with the iconic symbol as a testament to their spiritual relationship.

Towards the end, our lama shared with them his own real life experience of how he managed to make our center, organization and dharma work a success. It’s no mystical philosophy but a pragmatic one that is by learning from his own mistakes and adapting himself using Buddha’s universal Dharma. He ended the meeting by offering the monks gifts as token of appreciation and to spur them on their own path to spread their tradition of Dharma. Our lama rejoices in the growth of Dharma irrespective of differences in tradition and looks forward to encourage it especially here in Malaysia.

(left to right) Mr Lim Kooi Fong, Ven Kobutsu Malone , Tsem Rinpoche, Ven Ryushin

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