Monday, July 11, 2011
A Gifted Day
This weekend I had the amazing chance to go to Washington DC and see the Dalai Lama and many other Tibetan Buddhist masters at the Kalachakra. It was a magical experience. In the morning I sat and listened to two hours of prayers and watched as the monks created the Kalachakra mandala. Listening to the voices of the monks resonate through such a large, cavernous space was truly moving. In closing your eyes you could imagine being anywhere and the sound of the mantras poured over you like waves.
In the afternoon the Dalai Lama gave preliminary teachings. For the day I was there he talked of the Four Noble Truths and began about the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. It was amazing to have the chance to see him in person and hear some of his thoughts on these such fundamental parts of Buddhism. It was fantastic to see so many people there in traditional Tibetan clothing who brought with them their children. The many monks everywhere, so easy to spot in bright robes and with huge smiles for everyone. It was interesting to be among so many people so full of loving kindness and happiness. Even a long line for the ladies room drew not one complaint. Can you imagine??
In the middle of the day, during the long break I made a friend who quickly adopted me and answered many of my questions. She was warm and gracious. It was really wonderful, like having a guide.
In the evening afterwards I met with another friend from school who is a student of Garchen Rinpoche. That evening there was a screening of a documentary of Garchen Rinpoche's life. I cannot begin to tell you how moving this was. He was there and spoke a few moments before the film.
It was such a magical day. My description here doesn't begin to do it justice.