For a sweltering, but inspiring and deeply rewarding, couple of days over 4th of July weekend, a few lucky sangha members were able to receive teachings from Tulku Migmar Tsering on Khenpo Ngakchung’s commentary to Dza Patrul Rinpoche’s essential Nyingma text, Words of My Perfect Teacher.
The course, the shortest of Gomde’s offerings this summer, was nestled between the longer Mahāmudrā, Ngöndro, and Sādhana Ritual courses over the holiday weekend and was originally slated to be taught by Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Khen Rinpoche had to cancel at the last minute, but fortunately and auspiciously for us, Tulku-la was ready and willing to step up to save the course and teach in Rinpoche’s stead.
Tulku-la focused the teachings on a lengthy and profound explanation of the text’s title, structure, lineage, and introduction. And though he claimed to have not studied the root text in years, Tulku-la’s mastery of the material was evident to all.
It was a small, intimate group which allowed us ample time to ask questions and discuss. Tulku-la emphasized the value and benefit of the blunt style of such practice manuals. They’re direct and to-the-point and totally uncompromising in their presentation of the Dharma. It was exciting for some of us to be exposed to that style of text for the first time.
As the teachings progressed, we all enjoyed great fellowship, fantastic food, strong practice sessions and even distant fireworks. Oriane Lavole, as always, managed to provide tireless and superb translation and Kelly Maclean did her very best to keep us limber with her Qigong teachings on the 5 animals.
In closing, Tulku Migmar encouraged us all to read the full text thoroughly in preparation for further teachings on it next year. All the participants were inspired by this brief introduction and left making aspirations that Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche will begin his teachings in summer 2020.