An Evening with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

By The Spiritual Explorer | Published 23 November, 2016

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The other night at Kashi Ashram we were privileged to view the film “Spirit of Tibet, Journey to Enlightenment, the Life and Times of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.” The film is made by French photographer and Buddhist monk Mathieu Ricard traveling with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche for 14 years. The film speaks of Khyentse Rinpoche’s story from birth to death, to rebirth and his escape following China’s invasion of Tibet. For more about this extraordinary teacher, you might also want to read Enlightened Courage, where he presents the entire core of Tibetan Buddhism.

The inspiration of Dilgo Khyentese Rinpoche

This great guru and sage always inspired through his presence simplicity, dignity and humor. Throughout the film we see him ceaselessly beaming with good humor even though it was quite evident that his body was in poor physical condition, requiring two students to facilitate his travels. He was known to pray and meditate for several hours before dawn and then embark on an uninterrupted flow of activities and teachings until late into the night. It is felt that his immense knowledge, the warmth of his blessings and the depth of his inner realization imparts to his teachings a quality quite different from others.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the teacher to many respected lamas and gurus. None other than the Dalai Lama appears on the film speaking of his personal relationship with Khyentse Rinpoche. Most poignant is the fact that these two men suffered the indignity and terror of having to leave their homeland of Tibet because of the Chinese invasion.

 Diego Khyentse Rinpoche returns to Tibet

Both wonderful and sad is to see Khyentse Rinpoche return to Tibet in 1985 and view the many monasteries that had been razed and ransacked. It is gratifying that the Chinese Government allowed him to restore the Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. By 1990, due to Rinpoche’s influence, its main temple is restored. During the three extended visits to Tibet he also inaugurated the rebuilding of the original Chechen Monastery. Most poignantly, wherever Rinpoche went, you see Tibetan people greeting him with warmth and love.

Dharma teacher introduces evening with Khyentse Rinpoche

The evening was hosted by wonderful local Tibetan Buddhist teacher Ram Jyoti, a/k/a Stephanie Braun. She introduced the evening in a very elegant and beautiful manner. Ram Jyoti enjoyed the teachings of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati for many years. She presently studies with Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche who is of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s lineage. Ram Jyoti also teaches many classes of Buddhism at her Dharma center in Sebastian.

Dzigar Kontrul speaks of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Because it is so noteworthy of  the teachings of Khyentse, here is Dzigar Kontrul’s  own expression of his personal experience:

When I was in the presence of my teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the very evenness, clarity, and spaciousness of his mind naturally exposed my self-importance. I knew he could always see through my self-absorption, no matter how significant or complex I thought my story was. This was an unspoken understanding we had as teacher and student. This kind of communication was one of the ways I learned from him.

I saw this kind of interaction take place with others too. Sometimes people whose minds were wild — really crazy — would become immediately tamed by his presence. This is what is meant by the teacher as mirror: The teacher is the mirror that reflects not only how we are stuck but our basic sanity as well. This is the main purpose of the teacher-student relationship.

The inspiring words of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Leaving you with the words of Khyentse Rinpoche:

Do not forget the Lama,

Pray to him at all times.

Do not be carried away by thoughts,

Watch the nature of mind.

Do not forget death,

Persist in Dharma.

Do not forget sentient beings,

With compassion dedicate your merit to them.

If you have a question about “Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,” or anything else, you can write me at Ask The Spiritual Explorer.

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