Rinpoche just completed his yearly visit to the Big Island of Hawaii at Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling. As always, he had an amazing time interacting with many students and was so happy to spend time with everyone once again. For the last four years, Rinpoche has begun his Hawaiian journey by starting at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary in Captain Cook. He gave a teaching on the evening of June 2nd entitled, “Meditation On The Luminous Mind”. Many students had inquisitive and interesting questions to ask. That night, Rinpoche stayed at the residence of long time Buddhist practitioners, Russ and Trish Ellis. Russ was kind enough to share his breathtaking Dharma art in the form of one of a kind beaded Thangkas. He learned traditional Lakota rosette beading techniques from renowned Native American artists many years ago and has woven this into his Buddhist practice to share with others with great benefit. Rinpoche was astonished by this art as Russ brought out a Guru Rinpoche Thangka that took over 2,000 hours to create. Before Rinpoche left, Trish kindly offered him a set of a brass bird family of 5. After a refreshing morning swim, the trip up to Wood Valley Temple (Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling) began on June 3rd. Marya and Miguel welcomed Rinpoche lovingly as he arrived. Saturday morning came time for the Orgyen Menla Empowerment, where approximately 40 students came to receive the precious Empowerment from Rinpoche. Afterwards, Rinpoche gave a teaching on how to practice Orgyen Menla. On Sunday morning and afternoon, he gave the commentary information and explained the root text from “Three Words that Strike the Crucial Point” by Garab Dorje. He intermittently wove in beautiful stories about skilled Dzogchen Meditators. On Monday morning and afternoon, Rinpoche gave Orgyen Menla meditation instructions, spiritual advice, and then all of the students meditated silently; looking for their nature of mind. Due to a dream, on Tuesday morning, Rinpoche practiced 16 Arhats and the Nechung Protector Offering Practice. This was for the long life of all Spiritual Masters and the Spirit the Buddha Dharma everywhere around the world. Then, Rinpoche came back to Kona with Nechung Sangha Kerry Wells and his son, Seth. On Wednesday, Kerry took Rinpoche all the way to the highest point, to the Mauna Kea Observatory. Rinpoche meditated and took pictures- it quickly became one of his favorite places. On the way to this destination, we passed Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, with its foggy, dreamlike presence. In the midst of the clouds, Rinpoche walked and reflected on Impermanence. Once on top of the Mauna Kea mountain, he shared his global compassion throughout the universe. Lots of tourists snapped photos of him as he meditated, as seeing him pray in his yellow robe was interesting for them to see! On Thursday morning, Rinpoche was taken to the local beaches that are hard to find. Kerry was able to introduce him to his first experience in snorkeling, which was amazing. Rinpoche also prayed in this setting for the ocean of Samsara to dry up. In the afternoon, the next stop was going all of the way to North Kohala, first visiting Hawi, with its charming stores and art galleries. Then, Rinpoche was pleased to reach the Pololu Valley, with it’s magnificent view. At this point, he loved to look at the fingers of the valley that formed the black sand beach. This whole area of Hawaii was rich with beautiful vegetation, rolling hills and fresh air that was the blessings the Buddha. Rinpoche would like to express his gratitude to Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, and all of the students who wholeheartedly contributed to these important Dharma activities and opportunities being able to occur. In conclusion, Rinpoche would like to share an offering given by Dharma student, Andie, that reflects her joy and respect for the precious Dharma teachings given. Andie emailed this writing to Rinpoche shortly after Monday’s teaching:
My heartfelt deepest gratitude for the collective aspirations and accumulated merit that has allowed me to attend such wonderous Dharma teachings here at Woodvalley Temple these past few days. Presented by the utmost humble and knowledgeable teacher, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche . Blessing the environment with graceful Dharmic embodiment in the most simple and friendly form, like a steady current of electric joy radiating from the lineage of Dimond lightning essence .
Extreme peace befell me as the journey began within the permeated mandala of the Gurus past, present, and future. Many friends and Dharma siblings swarmed like bees to the sweet fragrance of meditational stability exuding throughout the blissful wonders of space.
Beheld within the heart of our loving teacher who transferred empowerment , bestowed the highest teachings, and endowed priceless pith instruction to those with auspicious past life connections. To which the ground literally shook in excitement as if Vajra Varahi herself was dancing on a sun and moon disk thrilled to spread great resonance of Dharma to all beings throughout the trichilocosm . Compassionately sharing such stillness and wisdom, the sun shone under the blessings of All the protectors at the Nechung center on the big island of Hawaii. So fortunate to dance under the Godly clouds of ever present awareness for momentary and long lasting enlightenment for all beings!
– Written by Pega Cham in the water sheep month of the fire bird year at the Montana Center of 1000 Buddhas