As you know, we are extremely fortunate His Holiness the Dalai Lama has accepted Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s request to give a teaching to the FPMT worldwide community.
His Holiness will teach via Zoom from his private residence in Dharamsala for ninety minutes, from 8:30pm MST on Sunday, February 7.
His Holiness will explain Recognizing the Mother: An Experiential Song on the View, a sweet series of verses on emptiness by Changkya Rölpai Dorjé. Verse 6 says:
This inexpressible mother of mine,
not existing in any form, appears in all forms.
In this mutual dependence [of emptiness and form] alone
is an important lesson indeed.
We have decided that instead of each of us at Thubten Norbu Ling watching the teachings alone, it would be marvelous for us to attend the teachings together.
Unfortunately, Geshe Sherab cannot attend, but Gen Don Handrick has agreed to host the session. We will meet thirty minutes earlier, at 8pm. Gen Don will greet us, give a brief overview of the text, and finally lead a motivation and meditation to ready us for His Holiness’s precious teachings.
Of course, we will all be watching on a computer, but we can imagine that we will actually be there in person, in Dharamsala, with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and hundreds of our Dharma brothers and sisters – all dressed up for this very special event!
An extra piece of news. If you’ve attended His Holiness’s teachings and empowerments online, you will have seen that in front of His Holiness are two big computer screens showing the faces of the lamas and students who requested the teachings.
Obviously, the hundreds of us around the world cannot be on those screens, so the FPMT held a lottery to select just fifty of us. Our beloved Sister Max and the director of Thubten Norbu Ling – that would be me! – were among those selected. I will imagine all of you are there with us.