Khenchen taught in Charlottesville on the topic of his relatively recent text, “Prescriptions and Proscriptions.” It was a beautiful weekend hosted at the Unity Church. He taught both afternoons and then offered refuge on Sunday. The first day he went through the preliminaries and the Hinayana theories – for instance, practice good moral ethics and you will be happier. Then on the second day he went through the Vajrayana section and Mahamudra – very potent and I, yet again, learned a lot. Actually, even if I had heard something again, hearing it from Khenchen is such a solid reminder and I find it very validating.
As I mention in a previous post, it was Khenchen who taught (me) that it truly is possible to become a Buddha in this lifetime. It is not just a cliche or a pie in the sky wish – through hard work and effort and putting the lamas advice into practice, it is quite do-able.
About 25 to 30 people showed up on both days, with Saturday having one group and then many new faces showed up on Sunday. I am very grateful that Khenchen blessed us with his presence. As the event was winding down, I made announcements, thanking people, etc. I also requested Khenchen to please come back and teach in C’ville. He stopped me saying, “you know there are several great teachers at TMC now and that it would be better to invite them down.” I think he is unfortunately feeling the affects of his chronic fatigue – he is tired. So thank you thank you thank you for blessing us by coming to Charlottesville. It might not happen again in this lifetime.