A Tease

OT Rinpoche was in rather a good mood today. So good, in fact, that he paused the morning’s recitation session to say a few words—and, in the course of things, told a funny story about Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Apparently, when the big statue that can now be seen in the Manjushri Hall at Deer Park, had been completed, Khyentse Rinpoche asked OT Rinpoche what should be used to fill it.

Now, said OT Rinpoche, Khyentse Rinpoche, being a great scholar himself, would certainly have known the answer, but for reasons of his own, asked anyway. OT Rinpoche also told us that Khyentse Rinpoche really loves to tease him—which is something I can confirm myself, having enjoyed the spectacle many times over the years. But on this occasion, said OT Rinpoche, it was his turn.

In these modern times, he said, it might be a good idea to use modern symbols for the Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind of the Buddha. A camera, for example, to represent the Enlightened Body; a tape recorder for Enlightened Speech; a computer could be Enlightened Mind; and a $10 bill for the Enlightened Qualities (because it’s money that makes all the other activities happen). Naturally, OT Rinpoche put forward very good reasons why these modern objects would be perfect for the job, but my notebook has yet to see the light of day and I don’t trust my memory.

Needless to say, perhaps, the westerners present all enjoyed OT Rinpoche’s outrageous suggestion enormously (not only was it funny, it took our minds off our aching knees), but the monks absolutely loved it, and laughed almost uncontrollably. The only piece of information missing was whether or not Khyentse Rinpoche took the advice…

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