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Token of Gratitude
I write this article as I spend yet another day enriched with blessings and gratitude. But as Phakchok Rinpoche aptly pointed out during our Annual Fall Seminar retreat: do we know how to receive blessings? I would inquire even further: do we know how to nurture our blessings? Do we know how to share our blessings with others? As we recount our experience of those moments of blessings with others, don’t we feel proud, even for a fraction of a second? Should blessings be revealed in the first place? Can one fulfill the purpose without revealing? How to become a perfect recipient of such precious blessings with humility and wisdom?
My understanding of blessing has a wide horizon of meaning—returning to South Asia, living in the cradle of Boudhanath Stupa, being able to pursue my true calling—and most importantly, all the hardship that comes along with it. If we have truly understood the meaning of our existence and realized our ultimate goal, then everything that comes along in our path, especially the hardship, becomes a blessing. All of us have our own unique journey that led us here. In a way, we have renounced certain aspects of our lives, in our own ways, to come all the way to Nepal to experience the blessings of RYI. I cannot stress enough how enormous these opportunities are—but infinitely more than that, it is the “substance teaching” from our Abbot Choki Nyima Rinpoche and other highly realized masters that constitutes the heart of our experience. Substance teaching is what we internalize by being in presence with them and directly receiving their infinite compassion for us. As we do so, we strive to develop our spiritual maturity and perhaps learn how to truly receive such blessings.
~ Moondil from Bangladesh