In 1998 Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche brought a team of monks to Lerab Ling to do a drupchen. It was the year before Khyentse Rinpoche’s ‘The Cup’ came out, and although Rinpoche spoke about his ‘movie’, as I think I’ve told you before, the fact he was making a proper movie, one that would be distributed to cinemas where we could buy a ticket to see it, just didn’t sink in.
It wasn’t until I saw The Cup that I realized that some of the monks who had performed the drupchen the previous year were part of Khyentse Rinpoche’s cast. And in 1998 I had no idea that Lama Godi was such a special being. He was just one of the lovely, smiley, friendly Chökling monks who never needed to sleep. The same goes for Lama Chonjor, whose character in the movie, the Abbot, longed to return to Tibet and was always packed and ready to leave at a moment’s notice. In real life Lama Chonjor had the same wish, and not long after The Cup was finished he managed to return to his beloved Tibet, which is rather heart-warming, don’t you think?