Geshe Wangchen Tribute
"Lama was a great yogi, a practitioner of Heruka: this was his true aspect."
Today, Lama Yeshe's relics have arrived and it's made me feel quite sad; my heart is quite sorrowful on this occasion. I am not just saying this because it might be appropriate but because these are the feelings I have.
I have known Lama Yeshe since we were studying in monasteries in Tibet. I realized then that he was not like other people, he was really quite an extraordinary person. Not only was he very wise and had extensive understanding of the teachings, but he also had taken the teachings to heart and put them into practice. But perhaps his most unique and significant quality was his warmth. He had such a good heart, unlike any other. He showed such unbelievable kindness to everyone he came into contact with.
But I don't need to explain this to you. You have had teachings from Lama, you know Lama. His work in bringing the dharma to the West was probably more extensive than any other. He opened so many centers across the world. Lama's main activity was to impart the dharma to people so that they could understand it and thus make their minds wholesome and positive in a very real sense.
Lama was a great yogi, a practitioner of Heruka: this was his true aspect. One ot the main things we should learn from Lama is to keep our mind harmonious. He always had such a deep sympathy for other people; he felt strong harmony with everyone he met. We should always try to be sincere with each other and try to understand each other. I am not saying there is no harmony; there is. But still we should try to increase it. Disharmony is the basis of unhappiness wherever we are in society, wherever there is misunderstanding and mistrust. I am not point ing to anyone in particular but I am talking from experience. Lama Yeshe always emphasized the importance of harmony, so I don't really need to say much more about it.
Also, just to say, it is important for us to have sincere guru devotion. If we have devotion and really practise dharma sincerely then we create a deep foundation.