maybe you have seen the horsemanship riding in tibet where young men try to impress the ladies with their courage at grabbing a white scarf from the ground whilst riding fast, crashing to the ground and into each other as they lean right down out of the saddle? its really quite a show. Well there are many teachers like that these days on the teaching circuit, each trying to grab the prize. maybe this teacher is not one of those?
On a travel, sitting among Taiwanese people and many other nationalities, we were together listening to teachings. My plastic cup was broken and I couldn't get tea which was offered. One woman gave her plastic tupperware pot in which she had a piece of cake. She cleaned the pot and gave it me. "Take some tea", she said. Meanwhile we kept an umbrella above some heads to protect for the hot sun beams. Taiwanese, Canadese and many other "ese"; no labels were present. Only really kind people and cake. We prayed together.
Sonam Wangchug wrote:To state that a Teacher might just be interested in prizes and fame without knowing them or their activities is not a sensible thing to do.
Still we should recognize this. When there is a merely knowing presence, one knows how sit, can rattle a lot of texts. Or an unpretentious all embracing presence, boundlesly compassionate and wise. Ah!
Then where is the teacher, where is the student? Undescridable.
I've known Ato Rinpoche for many years. He's a very genuine teacher and a master of Dzogchen and Mahamudra. He is based in Cambridge in the UK, where he runs a very small meditation class each month that is open to anyone who is interested. He prefers not to have a Dharma centre, so rents a school hall for the meditation classes. He usually spends the summer months in Tibet, where he has been restoring his old monastery for some years. He's really a fabulous teacher. I would say he encourages practice more than academic study, and is very strong on just developing good human qualities, regardless of one's religion or lack of religion. He's also strong on the ecumenical approach to religion and Buddhism. I think he's maybe not so well known because he's not into self-promotion. But I can guarantee you that he's very genuine and kind. He was a close friend of Bokar Rinpoche before his death and is still close with Thrangu Rinpoche, which should point to his place in the Tibetan Buddhist community. A really great person to know. Oh, and he is the nephew of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche too, and I think you can make out the resemblance.