With Buddhas, you never really know quite how things work or why they happen – a feeling, an auspicious sign, the right timing, or the right karma has ripened. One thing is for sure though, that they only work for your benefit.
So when Shirley Maya Tan received a surprise visit from His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche following her request for a house blessing, Shirley did not question why. Throwing her doors open, Rinpoche and his attendants were invited to tour her beautiful home before he gave her a private audience, and blessed her residence.
Writing about the experience, Shirley said,
“There are many reasons why I love being in the company of Rinpoche, but one of the most important reasons is that Rinpoche never fails to give a Dharma Talk. And usually, Rinpoche will use ‘skilful, creative means’ to teach us, the ‘munster’ students. And tonight, the spotlight was on me.
In fact, I am constantly in awe and amazed at Rinpoche’s energy, attention to details and people, and at his own endless capacity to always think about helping people, animals and making the Dharma easily accessible to everyone.
Rinpoche has hundreds of students as it is. It is incredible how Rinpoche makes time, remembers and keeps track of everyone’s progress, not to mention having to customise his way of teaching to each individual so that his message does not get lost or be misinterpreted.
I always appreciate it when Rinpoche takes the time to tell me the truth about what I need to work on, directly. To me, that is already a huge blessing and most auspicious, because my faults and flaws are pointed out to me in plain view so that I can immediately work on them, or just begin addressing them. To me, that’s the fastest way to improve.”
However, as the adage goes, you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink – practising Dharma is a matter of personal choice and once the lama has used skilful means to impart Buddha’s wisdom to us, it is up to us to take that first step…
…so are YOU going to take it?