A Message to Sangha

A Message to Sangha

Date of Advice:
January 2016
Date Posted:
June 2016

Rinpoche sent this message of thanks to a Sangha community. Included is a story about making momos and advice about the importance of lam-rim.

From my heart I would like to thank the geshes, all the monks, the staff and volunteers and especially you. Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, millions, billions and trillions of times, numberless thanks. Then also to offer 100,000 cheesecakes and 100,000 best Italian pizzas and a bottle of best quality champagne for each monk (I’m joking) for quick realizations and to achieve enlightenment.

Then for the night-time, to offer pak to those who like it. This is a particular Tibetan food with rich Tibetan tea, powdered cheese, sugar or honey, and butter, so to those who like pak, offering one million pak. For those who like spaghetti, then to offer 100,000 plates of spaghetti from Italy, from Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa. For those who like potato pancakes from Lawudo, to offer one million of those, and for those who like Sherpa food, to offer shakpa, the soup with rice inside, with round sliced potatoes and some vegetables. My mother also put finger-size pieces of dough in it. So to offer 100 million bowls of shakpa from Solu Khumbu, and then for those who like sen—not the zen or robe that you wearto offer them sen, the Sherpa food. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

I made momos when Geshe Jampa Tegchok was there, in the kitchen. It was there that I was taught how to put salt in momos by the ex-abbott Geshe Legden. I guess Geshe-la hadn't had momos for a few months. I was supposed to teach on mahamudra, even though I myself have no idea about mahamudra. At that time Thubten Yeshe was my attendant, she was a nun at that time. I was about to put salt on the momos and Geshe-la said, “Not like that. You put the salt in a glass that has hot water in it, so that melts the salt and then you sprinkle the water on the momos. That way the juice will come out and you can suck the juice as it flows down your arm.”

I tried to do that, but I didn't succeed because the momos came out dry. They were momos for all the Sangha. This memory just came out, so I explained it to you by the way.

What you explained sounds great. Lam-rim gives you energy and is the foundation for tantra, so it is very good. Without strong lam-rim, then monks don't last. With strong lam-rim you can enjoy, otherwise without lam-rim then to stay as a monk is difficult, it doesn't last a long time. If understanding of impermanence and death came much earlier, then of course it is different.

Thank you very much again, billions of times.