Ruminations of Rinpoche – Group Poem from the Annual Program in Natural Bridge.

Shamar Rinpoche - Photo Courtesy Tokpa Korlo

Shamar Rinpoche – Photo Courtesy Tokpa Korlo

Dear friends,

I am sharing this spectacular group poem that was birthed during the four day Annual Program in Natural Bridge.

In Honor of Shamar Rinpoche, each person was invited to write one line about Rinpoche.
Many did, and then it was fashioned into this poem

Enjoy the Bodhicitta that was flowing all week.

Ruminations of Rinpoche
Manifestor of the rainbow light
Your voice is the whisper of wind in the trees
the warmth of the sun, your smile
A cloud floats with bright clear light across blue sky and melts into its own clarity again
Understand the nature of change—dispel the delusion of perception and conception. This is
Dewachen!
Able to obliterate any concept in a single moment
painting with clouds and rainbows
A bird in the sky sees everything and leaves no trace
Unbound Unsurpassed Unforgettable
Oh Bhagawan Ho
My Guru, my glorious Guru
Rinpoche, I bow with deep gratitude for your many blessings
May we take your sudden disappearance, the ultimate teaching of impermanence to heart!
I wish I’d asked you to stay
Your mind, my mind, may there be no separation. Limitlessly vast, spacious, clear
Great blessing, Gentle bliss
Right here, right now
Unbound. Unparalleled. Unborn
Thank you Rinpoche for the methods, strength, and compassion to practice
Sharing your loving essence
Precious jewel of great joy
Thinking of compassion I will stand right behind you
You gave us our teachers, who helped us begin to understand
that you were the supreme teacher
Thank you for everything Sharmapa, including the wonderful blessings!
Through your blessings my heart became a fully opened lotus
Who’d have thought the harmonica could be such a potent tool of the Dharma?
I see your smiling face everyday
In a heartbeat, your Buddha smile was on my lips
Smiling, his eyes, my eyes, meeting…
A warm handshake with a genuine smile
Give love! Share love! Just relax
With a snap of your fingers you rescued us from a meaningless life
You sat before us on a simple cushion and said: “Look at your mind”
A revolutionary Mahamudra master with the presence of a warm, giant cat
I prayed to the light and to goodness for direction
Rinpoche answered…by being Rinpoche!
My heart, my heart
How precious was seeing you in Mexico and receiving your teachings and blessings
or looking up to you on the balcony, from the garden downstairs
The independence of me is my destiny
Everything you said or did was an offer to learn. Thank you Rinpoche
Although your physical presence was not known to me, your radiant energy continues to be
A new chapter in my life has opened, filled with countless treasures to be discovered
We have known each other for many lifetimes
We will know each other for many more
Freedom is the best!
In an instant!
Love, joy and peace is available when the mind stops—they are not emotions
Joyful activity Delightful presence
Thank you for your talks about children, talking to children, and being with my children
We miss you until your return
By the power invested in all of us, may we experience Mahamudra with ultimate ease
Exhausted by concepts is not enlightenment—think it through until the end
You showed me my mind—what a nonconcept
Thank you. Merits gathered under the sun always reflect the sun’s brilliance
So full of everything we could ever need
Pure joy, like a donut peach
Anywhere. Anytime.
Thank you for founding Bodhi Path
Rinpoche you are blessing us through the Bodhi Path Sangha
The Eagle has landed
and all we have now are memories in this collective dream
OK, I’ll behave myself

With Love-
the Bodhi Path Community

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Peace • Shalom • Shanti • Paz – A Day of Peace

From the Utthana Sutta of the Sutta Nipata.

From the Utthana Sutta of the Sutta Nipata. *

Hi folks,

A few of us attended the annual “Peace Sunday” event held at the IMAN  Cultural Center in Culver City yesterday. The event was an interfaith effort with some wonderful speakers and many lovely people working to make peace an actuality. Our mission was to gather information on how the many different organizations involved sustain themselves. Our fearless leader, Lama Khay’, led the way. She spoke to many different people including Leland Stewart, Chairman of the Peace Sunday Festival Steering Committee.

Leland Stewart and Lama Khaydroup in discussion.

Leland Stewart and Lama Khaydroup in discussion.

She was busy networking for our group and making friends. As for me, I’m afraid I was quite the lazy cat sitting in the sun and enjoying the music that was offered. There were many interesting people in attendance. Even Uncle Sam wanted a Peace of the action!
Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam

As I write this post for our blog, our country has begun airstrikes in a country in the Middle East. May the activities of Peace Sunday’s gathering be the cause to bring peace to the region and illuminate the minds of sentient beings trapped in the darkness of ignorance.This verse from the Dhammapada speaks what I sensed yesterday to be most important when one wishes for peace in the world.

All experience is preceded by mind,

Led by mind,

Made by mind.

Speak or act with a peaceful mind,

And happiness follows,

Like a never-departing shadow **

Paz – Shalom – Shanti – Peace
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* Image and quote from the Buddha courtesy of “Fake Buddha Quotes” website. This quote is actually authentic. http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/

** From The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations by Gil Fronsdal