June 30, 2010
Image: Karma Dzong newspaper records Khyentse Rinpoche's first visit to the US
From the Celebrating the Return! newsfeed:
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s unconventional behavior and experimental methods of communicating the Buddhist teachings have become part of the spiritual folklore of America. His work laid a foundation upon which the next generation of teachers have built stable communities as the dharma has spread in our country. Throughout the many phases of his teaching in America, Trungpa Rinpoche retained a profound reverence for the deepest heart of the traditional Dharma and an unwavering devotion to his own teachers. He demonstrated that to his students through the visits of HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, which provided an amazing opportunity to witness the culture of devotion so essential to Vajrayana Buddhism.
Here, in these two video clips, John Sennhauser, a senior student and teacher in the Shambhala sangha, offers a wonderful observation of Trungpa Rinpoche’s relation to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Khyentse Rinpoche’s subsequent caring embrace of the Shambhala sangha over the years, and many challenging times, that followed his first visit.
Part 1 (above, click to enlarge) covers Khyentse Rinpoche’s first visit and his work after Trungpa Rinpoche’s passing to support the Shambhala community.
Part 2 (below, click to enlarge) describes Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s time studying with Khyentse Rinpoche in Nepal, and in this clip John also offers many of his own vivid memories of what it was like to be in Khyentse Rinpoche’s enlightened presence. He also looks forward to encountering Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and the impact his presence can have on our practice. Enjoy!