Prince Mutr'i Tsenpo's personal image of the Lotus Born
Owing to the great generosity of nature, seen and unseen, I was able to attend empowerments recently bestowed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, in Los Angeles.
I don't want to say anything about the empowerments.
Nonetheless, there were public interludes where Rinpoche tolerated if not encouraged comment. In one instance, he openly requested photographs of the above image be circulated as far and wide as possible.
So, I took the above picture with permission, and display it here with permission. According to Rinpoche, this is Prince Mutr'i Tsenpo's personal image of Padmasambhava. Rinpoche has declared this image to embody the character of "Liberation by Sight." He added that the khatvanga is a later replacement for the original, missing when the image was encountered.
Rinpoche then walked among all assembled, and blessed them, placing the image upon their heads. This caused a cloud of instant paparazzi to arise and swirl.
In another instance, Rinpoche remarked upon other times and places, when people thought it normal if an elephant should ride on a mouse's back. As things go, popular view changed. Most people today would find such a thing impossible.
"There is still plenty of room on the mouse's back, I assure you," Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche said.
For some reason, this gave me a great deal of peace, which came into immediate service during the days that lay ahead.
No matter what happens to us in this life, no matter what people say or don't say, whether we are lauded or accused, the open, roomy, ample activity of the Lama, Yidam, and Dakini to immediately instruct us, according to individual necessity, is infinite.
May it be auspicious. Please circulate the above sacred image.