asunthatneversets wrote:Just shared the statement in the OP with a friend, who replied:
"I had an experience with him [Garchen Rinpoche] once that seems to confirm this. I was attending a teaching he gave at Tibet Center in New York. He was sick with a bad cold or pneumonia and kept clearing his throat while the translator spoke, forgetting that he had a microphone pinned to his robe. His innocence was very endearing. At one point the text being translated said 'Every sound is the Buddha's speech,' and another loud cough filled the room. At one point I felt a strong feeling of love for him and the wish that he be well. His head turned and he looked at me, smiling, and waved as if saying 'hello.' I was one of about two hundred people and sitting near the back of the audience. It was a direct and immediate communication - the heart wish from me and what looked like a 'thank you' and 'hello' from him.
In this case it wasn't my need he was picking up, but I was sure he had felt what I was feeling for him."
yes, this happens. It has happened to me more than a few times in both directions.
I think that you are correct, he felt what you were feeling.... this is not the same as the ability to read minds as some have suggested. He certainly was not reading your mind. He was reading energy far beyond our concept of how our mind expresses and controls our world as if we think it belongs to us, and far beyond how we think we are the only ones communicating. It is entirely possible to read this in a group of hundreds. It is entirely possible to read awakened energy in the unawakened. That is, it's beyond our idea of ourselves, beyond me, myself and I. A heart wish is such an energy, it's beyond what we think of ourselves and it doesn't originate in our mind as a concept or intention. You are correct... it was a direct and immediate communicate beyond the so-called small self. We live in this dynamic, if only we saw it. There is nothing personal, yet everything is personal for a heart wish.