People saw the picture and said I looked calm and serene.
What was really going on inside my head?
“Don’t drop it. Don’t trip. Don’t cry. Seriously… when you look into his eyes, don’t cry!”
I waited seventeen years to see Tai Situ Rinpoche again. I would never have guessed I would be one of the people offering a statue to him at the Thrangu Monastery last week.
I first met His Eminence Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa in 1999.
On that day he set the direction for my life’s work. I would never again question the path my personal training was taking me. One of those fortunate times when everything seemed clear and correct.
This day was my opportunity to thank him for changing my life.
I expect His Eminence has that effect on most of the people he meets.
You would expect no less from the man prophesied to be the next Buddha.
I won’t bother you with the lineage and history of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s all widely proclaimed and many books have been written about what will be. Once I met Tai Situ I had no doubt it was true. But who knew the next Buddha would be so funny and entertaining? He captivates the audience with his laugh and self-effacing jibes… then without a blink gives a profound, clear and simple teaching.
His advice is filled with common sense. The bare essence of how we should act.
His words will echo within me forever. His laugh is the music I want to replay. His face is the portrait framed in my heart.
He made me laugh. And think. And be astounded by my own good karma.
So what happened moments after the picture was taken and I presented Tai Situ with the statue?
He blessed me, I looked into his eyes, whispered “thank you”, bowed my head and walked away.
Then I cried.