Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche’s Mullah Stories (1)

This is a picture of Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche before he lost loads of weight. It was taken by Philip in 2007. I hardly know Rabjam Rinpoche, but he is very good friends with Khyentse Rinpoche and visited the Labrang for a couple of days in 2006. It was during the time Sogyal Rinpoche was also visiting Bir and all three masters would eat together at least once a day and tell each other all kinds of stories. Sogyal Rinpoche was particularly taken by the stories Rabjam Rinpoche told about a crazy wisdom Sufi master called ‘Mullah’—which Mullah, I never discovered—and insisted I write them down. So here’s a Mullah story.

Mullah was asked to teach and he agreed. Everyone gathered and Mullah entered the room where the teaching was to take place.
“Do you know what I am going to teach?” asked Mullah.
The audience looked at each other, then all replied, “No.”
“Oh,” said Mullah, “you don’t know what I’m going to teach? Neither do I!”
And he left.

Next day, Mullah was asked to teach once more and he agreed. Everyone gathered and he entered the room where the teaching was to take place.
“Do you know what I am going to teach?” he asked.
The audience, determined not to make the same mistake twice replied, “Yes!”
“Oh,” said Mullah, “then there’s no point me teaching you anything if you already know it!”
And he left.”

On the third day, Mullah was asked to teach and he agreed. Everyone gathered and he entered the room where the teaching was to take place.
“Do you know what I am going to teach?” he asked.
Noone knew what to say, so half replied, “Yes”, and the other half replied, “No”.
“Oh well then,” said Mullah, “those of you who know should teach those who don’t know.”
And he left.

2 thoughts on “Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche’s Mullah Stories (1)

  1. I think your blog may be my favorite thing to read each day. Every entry is a gift. Thank you for sharing your incredible experience, Janine.

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