Don't we all have those moments when we realize there is a thread to life? This is about a memorable set of interconnected moments which over many years have deeply resonated with me. In 1979, when I was first going for sessions at the New York Center for Rolfing on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I often thumbed through a small book in the waiting area there. As I recall it had something to do with Tibetan Buddhism; in particular, the Buddhist shrines called Stupas. At the very end of that book was a picture of a monk, impeccably dressed and standing near a Stupa, with a grand vista surrounding it. Clearly, he was offering blessings.
Years later, in 1994 in Boulder, Colorado I reconnected with him again in the book honoring his passing in 1989: Homage to Khyab Je Kalu Rinpoche. The cover photo says everything about this great being. Such great love and compassion.
Inside is written: "Khyab Je Kalu Rinpoche was one of the greatest Buddhist
saints of this age, known and highly respected by the heads of all major and
minor tantric schools in Tibet. His Holiness Karmapa once said that Kalu
Rinpoche was an incarnation of Milarepa, a 12th century yogin who is perhaps
the most famous and most admired of all Tibetan saints. Everyone who met Kalu
Rinpoche, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, were profoundly impressed. His
respect for all religious traditions and his love for all living things was
expressed in every action, word and gesture. Here was a being who radiated
concern and compassion without judgment, and impartial love for everyone, while
having transcended all worldly concerns."
I purchased that book at a store called Ziji, in downtown Boulder. (The store is gone, but Ziji continues online.) I have to also mention, on their bathroom wall was posted some graffiti, which I also took away (to take to heart):
By the way, Woody Harelson at the recent 2014 Emmy Awards show related this advice on problem solving: "I just forget about it." Perhaps too concise and direct for the self-absorbed audience of show biz types; but, pretty much in line with Mr. Tilopa, don't you think. Just to ponder, where would we be if all those smart and well-intentioned folks gave it a rest for a while on trying to make the world a better place? Mr. Lennon? "Let it be." Yes. Thank you, again.