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Driving up to NOVA to see Garchen Rinpoche. Abridged version (slow typer on iPad).
Started out early, not a morning person these days. Misjudged the 30 to 40 traffics lights on 29 north, afraid of being late, argh! Arrive to park next to my friend David from NYC, ahhh, that’s better.
Morning talk on Buddhanature. So precious. Garchen Rinpoche is one of the most sublime beings I have ever attended. He has no text in front of him, just spontaneous realization. Two hours of a potent and general talk on how to realize our innate Buddhanature – what is it? Where is it? What is mind? How do we purify our deep habit of grasping at a self? It takes a long time and lots of perseverance. I slip in and out of meditative samadhi. Stuff is happening in my body – probably just being in Rinpoche’s presence is moving, shifting, healing, melting parts of me which had become rigid, contracted, frozen. Ahhhhhh….
The scene was the Auspicious Cloud Monastery in Haymarket Cirginia, a little north of Warrenton. It is incredibly serene there! Big vast open sky. Many statues of seated Buddhas, standing Bodhisattvas, a female Buddha on a lotus surrounded by pools of water. And a large Shakyamuni Buddha in a pavilion out in a field. To get to him, one must walk through a promenade of outdoor lotus lamps. Being there in Rinpoche’s mandala, it truly felt like a pure realm. Plus they provided us with delicious vegetarian Vietnamese food! Yummy!
I got to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones, as it has been a year since I have done Dharma outside of C’ville. And actually, since I usually do the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick Maryland, there were mostly people I had not met before. Plus there was a good number of Vietnamese people with their translator too! Wow!
The afternoon was questions and answers. I was full of good food, so at first my body was sitting in meditation posture with ease. Toward the end though, I could not stay comfortable. I should have brought my own cushion and blanket (note to self…). 🙂
Garchen Rinpoche gave out a copy of the Great Perfection of Samanthabhadra’s Aspirations otherwise known as the King of Aspiration prayer. Then when I offered my khata, he gave me a copy of the little yellow 37 Bodhisattva practices booklet. That man is so kind and precious, it is beyond words… Many people cried as they received blessings from him. I wanted to.
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