Dear Lillian,

I forgot to tell you that we had a dog for one week, John found a lost Lhasa Apso in Wal Mart parking lot, he brought him home, the dog was very scared but as soon as he saw Rinpoche he went straight over and sat at the head of the table. He became very much part of the house, Rinpoche named him Jangsem, we had him for one week and he loved Rinpoche...then suddenly his owner called (as John had left messages at the pound and police and grooming places) so very reluctantly we had to give him back.

Anyway very lucky dog for one week, he was held by the Buddha and circumambulated the relics many times, was blessed and had mantras recited over him and Rinpoche even gave him his blanket.

Here is a photo...


It 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.

In 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.

I 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.

Shortly after the retreat, I took REFUGE with Rinpoche, fomrally 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.

I was to come to understand the Bodhisattva vows and the mind training that would make my Bodhicitta heart arise. All these terms seemed starnge 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.

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