Thursday, June 4, 2009

Inspired by a little boy

I have just bought a photo by Matthieu Ricard - a French monk and photographer.

The photo shows a little boy - he is looking at something - he is wearing a beautiful dress - he looks neither happy nor said - he is just watching. I was told that he is looking out the window watching a dance festival. The little boy is called Tulku Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche - it is a long name for a little boy.
But he is not an ordinary boy. At the age of 4 he was found to be the reincarnation of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse. H. H. Dilgo Khyentse was the teacher of Matthieu Ricard who took the photo - and H.H Dalai Lama has said that Dilgo Khyentse was his own most significant teacher.

Why do I tell this? Matthieu Ricard was very touched when he told me how he took the photo - and how he had taken a photo of his teacher in the exact same position watching the exact same dance festival from the same window. Two pictures taken in the same situation: a great teacher and his reincarnation.

I was touched when I saw the photo - that's why I bought it. - It wasn't only to support a project helping children in Tibet - I was very, very touched when I saw the photo. And I do not believe in reincarnation. So why did I get so touched?

There is something fascinating about the wisdom passed on generation after generation. All these people who have wanted to be happy, wanted to learn how to be useful for others, help others to reach the Buddha mind - to be happy - to be free.

How are you helping yourself to be happy? How are you being useful to others? Are you passing on old family wisdom?

Or are you letting go of the past? Creating your own world? Discarding what you learned - holding on to new wisdom?

Can we ever let go of the past or are we always connected? Connected to our past and the history of our ancients?

These are questions which come up for me when I watch my photo - and as I look at my questions I smile as I think: the easiest way to happiness is neither in the future or in the past - it is just choosing happiness now - in this very moment.

Nameste, Joy

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