Monday, July 11, 2011

A Gifted Day

Open Field

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.


Anonymous said...

If that was magical for you can you even begin to think about how I would feel to be sitting at the feet of the man that gave his life for all of us. That is to sit at the feet of Jesus. But, one day when I am in heaven I will be able to do that all the time sit at the feet of the true master Jesus .

anilia said...

I can imagine for sure. Jesus preached compassion and loving kindness in a magical way.

The Call of the Not So Wild said...

Are you a photographer as well?

anilia said...

um- only in that I have a camera and I aim it at things i like. The picture in this post was taken by my husband. We both like snapping the pictures. :)

snowplow said...

This IS inspiring, thank you. I'm a mom too and I was thinking of taking my boys -- 18 mos and 3 yrs to see the Dalai Lama tomorrow. Would it be too nuts to take them there with me?

anilia said...

a little crazy but the people there were so great I bet you could handle it. I recommend using a sharpie to write your cell phone number on their little arms just in case.