Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, the founding spiritual director of this center, returned to Gainesville for teachings in April of 2007, one of his five stops in the U.S. this year. Prior to that his last visit was in 2001, so he was welcomed by many old and many new practitioners.
He taught on Love, Compassion and Bodhicitta. He spoke at a public talk on April 27 at the Unity of Gainesville Church. He then taught all day Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29 from the a text he provided that is available here:
Meditation on Love, Compassion, and Bodhicitta.
At the invitation of Reverand Marciah McCartney, he also joined the Church for their Sunday morning service and taught a short teaching on the Four Immeasurables to an audiance that included a wonderful cross section of Buddhist practitioners and the Unity congregation. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and to share our different practices of helping others. It was a very crowded (standing room only for over 130 people) and moving experience. Each actual teaching session had increased attendance with almost 70 people at the last session.
A CD is being produced of this teaching - so check back here in the future or on Vajrapub.org to order a copy.
As a result of this event, the TMC of Gainesville was able to receive almost $6000 in donations and present Khenchen with a donation of $4,700 after covering expenses. He said he would take these funds to Tibet this summer and use them to feed, and teach the monks there. May the merit of these activities benefit all beings!
While words to express the effect this teaching had on many of those who attended seem inadequate, several practitioners attempted to verbalize their experience. Emails and phone calls came in during the next week from many who had never heard Khenchen teach before expounding his praises. One example:
I have been walking around in the glow of the teaching by Kenchen Konchog
Gyatsen Rinpoche and feel so blessed to have been able to participate.
Thank you to ... all the many volunteers who put the
teaching together. May the merit fill the sky! For the first time, I
actually experienced a teacher as Buddha. When we were sitting outside
Sunday morning, I imagined Kenchen sitting under the Bodhi tree teaching
to the crowds. A---& J--- said they experienced the same thing!
Khenchen sent a letter to all the centers he taught at this year expressing his gratitude and his feeling that the teachings were very beneficial. He said he was inspired by the reception of the practitioners to continue to teach and spread the Dharma. As practitioners, we cannot ask for more than that from our beloved lama.
Khenchen Rinpoche, our devotion and love continue to grow and our gratitude for your generous gifts of the Dharma become more precious each day, thanks to having the great blessing of having found you in this lifetime. Thank you for coming to teach us again! We will continue to pray for your long life, good health and good fortune in all you do. We know you travel the world and we may not see you again for a long time here in Gainesville, but we know you will be benefitting us and countless others each day no matter where you are.
May the blessings of the lineage masters be with you always. May Achi Chokyi Drolma and Lord Jigten Sumgon protect you as a lineage jewel, as they protect the precious Drikung teachings for the benefit of all beings worldwide.