Caz, Since you requested, one time only.
If you had to ask me which of my teachers was the most kind, the answer would be difficult. But the one from whom I have learned the most, and has the patience to bear my faults, is definitely Geshe Sonam. I have never heard him advertise his qualities, contend with others, or seek his own advantage in situations. The translator in Italy told me he is like an old Kadampa master, quiet and tamed, delivering a pure, unadulterated dharma of true integrity. His humility is the quality that people tell me moves them the most.
Whether it is the rabbit that we rescued while in Germany, the countless babies who approach Geshe-la in trains and supermarkets wanting to be held, he gives equal attention to those both large and small, with equanimity.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself.... I get to work with this kind of lama on a daily basis? Me??? I would have never thought I would be so fortunate and try to treasure every minute.
Any more than this and Geshe la would be perhaps be not so impressed. I do have transcripts and things of his teachings. Those that are not copyrighted I can send when requested. I am posting the links below because they have pictures, quotes of Geshe la, but if I ever do decide to do publicity of his teachings I will do it in the events thread.http://www.attivita.iltk.org/en/activit ... tsongkhapahttp://www.maitreya.nl/amsterdam-geshe- ... vening.htmhttp://www.maitreya.nl/loenen-37%20prac ... course.htm
Geshe Sonam Ngodup was born in Kardze, Kham in 1968. From a young age he learned to read and write through looking at scriptures with his uncle at a monastery nearby his home. At the age of 13 he left andundertook the journey to India to begin his formal monastic educationand entered Sera Jey Monastery. Subsequently he received his vows of novice and full ordinationfrom His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Studying with esteemed teachers including his uncle Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Delek, he eventually entered the Lharampa Geshe class, and graduated in the top three of his year from amongst all the Geshes of Sera, Drepung and Ganden. After completing his studies at Sera, Geshe Sonam completed a year at Gyume Tantric College, where he study the philosophy and rituals of tantra. Eventually returning to Sera Je, Geshe Sonam became a scripture teacher (petri gegan), one of a handful of Geshes officially selected for this role by the monastery. One of the most popular of the young teaching Geshes in Sera , he is well loved by his many students to whom he teaches a broad variety of topics. Geshe Sonam has taught extensively at Nalanda Monastery in France on several occasions, most recently for a year. Geshe la explained a wide variety of topics, including several modules of the Basic Program and a nightly class on the Lam Rim and Bodhisattva's Deeds. A very well-loved teacher, Geshe-la is known for his warmth, accessibility and modest conduct.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin