30 April 2009 - 8:31pm Comments Off
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Han Nee, Malaysia

My Reflections on Our Pilgrimage To Gaden Monastery

[I would like to begin by thanking our Lama for this wonderful opportunity to visit Gaden Monastery. This visit has opened my heart and mind to a greater awareness of what the Monastery and Kechara House (in turn) truly represent: beacons of light for the spread of the Dharma..

Furthermore ( as a result of my reflections on the pilgrimage and the valuable insight gained from our Lama’s subsequent teachings),there has been growing within me a very strong sense of awareness of the seamless and inextricable ‘lineage link’ - via Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkapa, the Lamas of Gaden Monastery and our own Lama - between the Dharmakaya( Tushita Heaven) and the Nirmanakaya (Gaden Monastery and Kechara House)].

My Encounter With ‘The Jewels In The Lotus’

My heart leapt up when, lo!

I beheld a sight so rare

As jewels in the Lotus!

My most significant experience during our pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery was the audience with the High Lamas – Zong Rinpoche, Khensur Koncok Tsering Rinpoche, Ken Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen and Geshe Yeshe.

What reached out to me and touched a wellspring of emotions deep down in me was the remarkable appearance of harmony within conflict. The air of simplicity and humility about them appeared to me to be in sharp contrast, and yet perfect harmony, with the look of abiding tranquility, equanimity and bliss that shone from their faces.

I was also overwhelmed by the deep respect and great devotion shown by our Lama to the High Lamas. These very acts of devotion raised the whole experience to transcendental heights: there was a sense of awe and wonder as though I was in the presence of supreme, realised Beings.

For me, each of these encounters was a special moment of spiritual awakening. I was in the close presence of awesome highly attained Dharma masters ( like Khensur Koncok Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen and Geshe Yeshe), these “rare living treasures” of Dharmic wisdom.

There came suddenly upon me a vision of their last days in Tibet and of the tremendous and unimaginable suffering that they had to endure when Tibet was invaded and sacked, and their monasteries(like Gaden and Drepung Monasteries) destroyed and razed to the ground. Thereafter the vision shifted to the further untold pain and hardship that were their companions as they fled Tibet, sought refuge in India and began the monumental task of recreating the Gaden and Drepung Monasteries in Mundgod.

I see in them living testimonies to the triumph of the human spirit over inhuman pain and suffering. More importantly, I see them as fine examples and superb role models showing us how we can bring pain and suffering into our paths to Enlightenment, and how we can transform this very pain and suffering into Bliss.

[ I apologise for not able being to focus on much of what took place after lunch that day; I was suffering from a terrible stomach upset and a touch of diarrhoea. Nevertheless, I was so deeply overwhelmed by the audience with the High Lamas that the whole profound experience stayed with me afterwards.

The short verse at the start of this piece of writing was inspired by the opening lines of William Wordsworth’s poem, The Rainbow, in which he recaptures the transcendental experience which came to him upon seeing a gloriously beautiful rainbow.

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