His Holiness invited as every year the friends of the Kagyu Monlam for a group meeting. These meetings are often a delightful surprise and can contain nuggets of teaching, or as it did this year, a special present.
There must have been over five hundred members gathered eagerly in the shrine room at Tergar as His Holiness addressed us.
It is my hope that we who dwell on this planet leave a good imprint behind us, one of benefit and harmony. We view the Kagyu Monlam as the foundation for creating the imprint of virtue and well being for the future. It’s my wish that the Monlam becomes the mandala for magnetizing virtue.
I made a drawing of Tara, hurriedly, so I can’t say it is good, but whenever I paint, my one pointed attention is on what I am doing. Today I want to share this image I’ve drawn with each of you. It expresses my appreciation to you. My intention is that my attention be with each one of you without exception. May it create the auspicious connection to the mandala of Tara. (I pray that) Your support of the monlam with my intention may become a continuous source of harmony and well-being in the world.
I’ll sign the drawings for all the members.
Earlier this day at the Mahabodhi Temple His Holiness expressed His wish to give this gift to all His students. No surprise, the queue expanded from members to an endless procession of people. An hour and a half later His Holiness was still in there signing the delicate line drawing of White Tara looking out at the world with the noble gaze of compassion.