Looking at this image of my Lama, I can only imagine what the mind of a Bodhisattva would think. Perhaps it goes along the line of “May I be able to be like the sea, that nourishes and supports billions of beings selflessly”.
A Bodhisattva who loves all sentient beings as a father loves his only son. Perhaps for some it may be easy to understand, while for others it may not. But there is a story that’s easily told…
It reminds me of a story I read, about a rich man’s son who left the family only to end up as a begger many years down the road. When the rich man finally saw his son in a pitiful state, he sent his servants to take the young man home. But the begger did not recognize his father and instead of rejoicing of a reunion, he became afraid.
Out of great love for his son, the man thought of various ways to help his son. So instead of scaring the boy away by insisting of forgotten family ties, he offered the begger a job in his mansion, as the janitor. As the years passed he nurtured the boy patiently, from when he came in as the janitor, he now manages the rich man’s estates.
Finally the day came when the rich man is to leave this world, and the boy who regarded his boss as a father could finally see that he was actually his father. “I have taught you everything I know, now I leave all my wealth to you as they were yours from the moment you came home as a janitor”.
The lama is like this old rich man. He offers us the greatest riches of all in the world that is the Dharma. And through his skilfull means, he educates us, he is patient and guide us along the gradient path of enlightenment.
There is no work or instructions too small that’s given by the Lama. Everything is tailored for us to eventually obtain the greatest jewel of Enlightenment… Just like the wise rich man who made his son the janitor in his mansion.
On 11th November 2015, in Karak Highway, Pahang, Malaysia… the rain started to pour. The rain wasn’t too heavy, but it kept going for many hours which eventually caused a massive landslide on the Highway which blocked the road heading towards Kuala Lumpur and also the road heading towards Pahang. During this times of trouble, our state police team, JKR, and many government based bodies came forward quickly to clear up the landslide, redirect cars from the danger and saved those that was trapped in the landslide.
My Lama, Tsem Rinpoche soon came to know of this natural disaster that happened and immediately, with great concern for the government officials that were working in the middle of the night, under the rain; Rinpoche set out with a few students to give some hot drinks and snacks as Rinpoche knew they must be cold and hungry.
It was truly touching to see Rinpoche and his little ‘elves’ running around in the middle of the night, in the rain, and even with a slight risk of danger or getting caught in flash floods and landslides. While everyone ran away from the danger zone, Rinpoche marched in to do whatever He can for the community. The true act of a Bodhisattva, who sees no boundaries or limitations, Rinpoche helps and cares for all regardless of race, religion and social background.
I can’t thank the Buddhas enough for connecting me with such a compassionate Lama and to be amongst Dharma brothers and sisters who are so devoted to the Dharma, which is the teaching on how we can be an absolutely awesome person =)
Kecharians giving out hot drinks and snacks to the government disaster relief team
H.E. Tsem Rinpoche personally handing out food to the policemen
Packing hot drinks to be handed out to the police
Appreciating their effort, Rinpoche make sure they have hot drinks while they work to clear the landslide in Bentong
Rinpoche personally picking out snacks from 7-11 for the police
Although the situation in Bentong was not good, Rinpoche went out personally to give a helping hand if needed