Saturday, July 11, 2015

One sweet moment with the Dalai Lama

Wishing His Holiness the Dalai Lama a joyful 80th birthday today, and praying for his long life!

I’ll never forget the one and only time I met the Dalai Lama, at his residence in Dharamsala many years ago. I was quite young, coming off a difficult break-up, and broken wide open alone in the mountains of northern India, just sort of wandering around.

We held hands for a minute while he looked at me with such love and care. I could tell he genuinely felt me and allowed me all the way into his heart. He wasn’t scrambling to try to make my heartbreak go away or playing the wise guru offering some subtle teaching on "no-self" or the empty-luminous ground of awareness. He wasn’t hurling blessings at me so that all would be made right and I would enter into some "other" state of consciousness. He didn't want to "fix" or even "heal" me, but just to let me know that he was right there, holding my broken open heart close to his.

He simply spent a moment with me, in direct intimate contact, all the way through—totally human, fully there with everything in the space between us. It was a short moment of time, but in another way it was totally eternal. Those sorts of rare meetings, heart to heart, are rare and precious, and not easily forgotten.

In my experience, the Dalai Lama is a holding environment of space and deep kindness; a mountain of love, really; a totally real, humble, open-hearted, incredibly warm, authentic human being - someone I have so much to learn from.

May you live long, your Holiness! and thank you for the sweetness you once showed me, which I'll never forget.