I just returned from a weekend with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon, Chetsang Rinpoche. I will post pictures soon (hopefully).
I am in the midst of one of the busiest times of my life as I prep to enter nursing school this summer and in the fall. My next day off with nothing on my to-do list might not be until August… Ugh!
And in the midst of that busyness, I set things aside and went to sit with H.H.D.K. and about a dozen monks and nuns. It was a great turn out – at least 100 people were there most days. And for the Great Drikung Phowa on Saturday, there may have been 200 people (with a lot of local Tibetans attending).
I received the Amitabha empowerment (or at least His Holiness gave this empowerment, not sure if my mind was cogent enough to actually receive it). We did a lot of Amitabha practice (mantra recitation with sadhana practice). Then there was the Drikung Phowa Chenmo and an Amitayus sand mandala which was dissolved on Sunday.
Pretty amazing! Fairly rapidly I settled down into a clear, aligned state where I did not need to “do” or “fix” or “create” anything. To be honest, the first two days of retreat were a little tough – body aches and pains, mind was distracted and wanted out, and I watched my resistance slowly melt away. Sitting in that potent energetic mandala of His Holiness and other highly realized Lamas was special indeed.
And now I feel more motivated and clear about everything on my plate at present. (And there is a bunch…)
Please wish me luck with finding balance!
And may all sentient beings put the causes of happiness into place, leading to greater peace and harmony.
Thank you for reading,