.As so vividly expressed
by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche in his Mountain Retreat: "The great profundity
of this Dharma (Great Prefection) carries obstacles with it in the same
way that great profit goes together with great risk. The reason for
this is that all the accumulated bad karma of your past lives will,
by the power of the instructions, arise outwardly as the abstacles and
apparitions of Mara….In reality, you might actually be subjected to
attacks, quarrels, thieves, robbers, diseases and other unexpected hazards….You
will be falsely accused even though innocent; you will acquire a bad
reputation; close friends will turn into enemies, and so on. So, various
undesirable circumstances may well arise, outside and inside."
Then Rinpoche continuds, "Ho! These are crucial points of eruption.
You must recognize them. Here is the frontier between benefit and danger….
So, with pure samaya and persistent unwavering fervor, give your faith
and heart to the Guru, praying ardently with complete confidence in
whatever he may do…. (In this way) Confidence in the Guru and his instructions
will grow as never before…. Ho! This is the point of solution. By bringing
the circumstances onto the path, the critical points have been settled.
A la la! This is exactly what we old fathers want." Rinpoche's advices
to us are so refreshing and enlightening, reminding us that these are
the sure ways that one can have the chance of becoming liberated.
Thus, all kinds of negativities and obscurations can be a very good
method to train oneself on the path, to increase one's own wisdom, meditational
power, perseverence and the adherance of disciplines. It is well said
in a Chinese poem: "Without a strong and severe winter, the chill of
which penetrates into the bones, one cannot smell the fragrance coming
from the blossoming plumrose flowers in spring time." Such is the case
of the phoenix arising from the ashes. In this way, Guru Lau brought
Photo 1.62 Guru
Lau with Yeshe Thaye at leisure in 1979.
along in his travel
of life's long journey, which had both good and bad memories. This is,
indeed, the realization of the true nature of lift, as well as of the
path that all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have shown us, and upon which
Guru Lau had so kindly and compassionately led me through all along!
In real practice, Buddhism teaches one "to diligently practice discipline,
meditation and wisdom, and to refrain from greed, anger and ignorance",
Guru Lau had set a good example for us to follow. Though his whole life
is full of ups and downs, he cared less by insisting to stick to his
own principles. Working ceaselessly and tirelessly on his own ideal
of "spreading the Dharma for the benenfit of all sentient beings", Guru
Lau is indeed a Bodhisattva in personage! What would worldly people
think of him, anyway?
The Swiss philosopher H.F. Amiel has claimed that the value of a Great
Man depends not on his wealth or the works that he has done, but it
depends on the virtues of the person as well as the light that shines
from within himself. A Great Man is actually an "actualized person",
one who naturally completes his wishes in lift. He is no different from
any ordinary people, except that every step that he takes in his lift
is concrete and solid. Furthermore, no matter what conditions he is
in, whether it be rich or poor, high or low, favourable or unfavourable
circumstances, his mind will not waver or change, realizing that his
ideal is the road that he should take all along, and he will not sacrifice
it for something lesser. Indeed, a genuine man, a genuinely Great Man
is one who is true to himself and to his ideal!
This is a true reflection of the lift of Guru Lau which, through his
virtues and the light that shines from within him, carries all the characteristics
and strengths of a genuinely Great Human Being, or in Buddhist term
a Bodhisattva in personage! Here is a lift example that we, as students
of the Bodhisattva Path, should follow in his footsteps. Here, I earnestly
and sincerely pray that Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan (Guru Lau) will be
swiftly reborn into this world to turn the Wheel of the Holy Dharma
for the benefit of all our motherly sentient beings!
SARWA MANGALAM ..CONTINUE