to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche
I met Gankar Tulku
Rinpoche a year ago in the springtime of 2004—my life changed—
I now meditate every day and feel the gentle precepts of Buddhism enter
my life and make it richer.
Rinpoche as a child chose
the proper sacred items and knew things that only the original Lama Gangkar
Tulku could have known—so our Rinpoche is Gankar Tulku in his reincarnated
form. He shares his knowledge with others besides praying and meditating
with us all. His instructions and ceremonies are life-transforming and
I truly believe we do not understand the way space and time intersect,
but as that old Irish woman said when she was asked if she believed in
fairies, “Of course not, what do you think? I’m a modern educated
woman,” she paused, “But it doesn’t make any difference
you know—they’re still there.” and Buddhists skip through
time and space and lifetimes: ethically, always ethically, with great
compassion for all humanity.
The Rinpoche is
someone who shares his peace and serenity with others. He simply enters
a room and he transforms it with a warm quiet presence. He is very educated,
very wise, and very generous. He radiates the joy of inner serenity. He
gives to all people, as indeed he urges us all to share in alleviating
the suffering of others. His message is also one of happiness, and joy
at the sheer wonder of existence. He urges us to live the life that is
the only life that brings true happiness, namely one with a conscience.
Some friends and
I “took refuge” in Buddhism with the Rinpoche leading us in
fall 2004, when I was 67, in the springtime of old age. Rinpoche recited
vows that we repeated, vows that venerate the Buddha, the Dharma (his
teachings), and the Sangha, he community who chant and work together.
I think this community includes all mankind.
the message of peace and well-being to ”all sentient beings”.
He, like the Bodhisattvas before him, has vowed to awaken mankind, end
delusion, expound the dharma and follow the way of Buddha.
If every human being
would do this, they would celebrate and honor the Buddha in everyone:
everyone would work for universal understanding and harmony, and ultimately
for the benefit of each other. Somehow in this dark world, Rinpoche has
lit a candle and allowed us to see and appreciate the divine in all of
McDonald, Ph.D. MRIA
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