did not take me long to realize my great good fortune in having
met Rinpoche under such wonderful circumstances. Shortly after
the Bodghaya meeting, Rinpoche came to MALAYSIA to give a series
of teachings and to conduct a one week religious retreat in the
mountains just outside of KUALA LUMPUR.
those few days I took the most intensive course imaginable in
Mahayan Buddhism. It was such an exhilarating & mind-blowing experience...
beautiful beyond anything I could ever have imagined.
discovered what a perfectly qualified lama I had inadvertently
met. I saw first hand His awesome qualities of humility and compassion.
There was an aura of purity around Rinpoche that words cannot
describe. I felt very blessed. I devoured His words like a hungry
and thirsty man starved of food and water. I know that week changed
my life forever.
after the retreat, I took REFUGE with Rinpoche, formally becoming
his student and taking him as my Lama. More importantly, He gave
me permission to participate in the GREATER CHENRESIG INITIATION
which He was granting. The initiation opened a new world for me.
In time I would be able to learn the secret teachings of Buddha
which would put me on the quick path to Enlightenment.
was to come to understand the Bodhisattva vows and the mind training
that would make my Bodhicitta heart arise. All these terms seemed
strange then, but over time I was to develop an easy familiarity
with them... if you have read this far, let me bring you on my
journey of bliss. For me, the root of my path is Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Too's books translated in French were spotted
by Lama Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, her guru at a little
French bookstore in a village just outside Toulouse
in southwest France. Rinpoche was in France leading
a retreat nearby at Nalanda monastery.
source of all my good and all my happiness is my kind
lama. Bless me first to see that taking myself to Him
in the proper way is the very root of the path. Grant
me then to serve and flollow Him with all my strength...
and all my reverance."
Husband & Daughter welcome Rinpoche to our humble
home - April 1997