Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin
Spiritual Director Khenpo Tsultim was teaching the Seven points of Mind training to the Sangha members, and I had the privilege of hosting and helping him prepare. I have heard it said that “the teacher teaches and the student practices,” which was the case for me. I learned that when there is great merit to be gained, there are also great obstacles - things that show up (such as arguments, misunderstandings, and divisiveness) to make it more of a challenge to have the teaching which creates merit. Here was my challenge: When I had asked Khenpo if there were any things needed in preparation for the teaching, he responded that we did not need anything...I was lulled to believe that there was nothing more that was needed. This turned out to not be the case, as I was later suddenly told to find various things to pacify the local spirits...altar cloth, offering bowls, small plates, cookies, water... So in life we show up and respond as best we can to any situation and stay open to receive the merits.
Giving and receiving - another of the lessons I learned this weekend: May my small suffering benefit the greater suffering of all sentient beings, the aspiration Prayer of a bodhisattva - a being who has made a vow to stay in samsara (world of Cyclic existence ) until all beings are saved.
Many causes and conditions have come together for these teachings. Thank you to CSL-AH for wonderful space and all the Sangha members who made all of this possible. I am happy and grateful that CSL-Ah is ecumenical and honors all faiths and traditions.