At a point in my life, I am certain that stories matter.
In the world of wealthy people, focus isn’t on survival, minds are occupied by other things. In Chandra’s case her eyes were clouded by her family’s wealth, she forgot to notice the smaller than her people. Wealth can detach people from mundane.
Believe me that this is a big problem. I want you to know that we are absolutely happy we took over Chandra’s and Tsultrim’s center. They are leaving for sure. I and my women will now run this land and temple and satélite Sanghas.
I know for sure that some of you know that Chandra’s is a student of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Upon my arrival to Tara Mandala in 2013, I was shown very quickly that she has an issue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This was very quick, and it was during the five day workshop, and while I was walking into the temple during an afternoon session of teachings. It was a four second glimpse into something. Today, I believe, I should have packed my bags and left that day. I feel offended anyone would have a problem with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
They wooed me with some Sakya Dakini songs and I left Tara Mandala with horrible visions, and arrived to my place where I was going to teach, and our work due to external circumstances disintegrated. I was now in another part of USA horrified! I was thinking this is not Tibetan wisdom. I had no idea then, how big Chandra’s problems are, I did reflect on the lunch I had with her and her husband and on the performance I was invited to play my guitar and sing. The people I worked with, apologized and financially compensated me for our loss of work, and I returned to Peru where I was living, to continue to build my garden in my house where I lived alone, talking to plants. I finished a month of Chöd practice as it was recommended, there were only Andean people living around me, no established Buddhist Sangha.
I used to use FB I asked Tsultrim a question and I wasn’t expecting to hear back. I was surprised that she asked me about myself. The 30 day solo chöd practice ended with a dream with His Holiness Dalai Lama. Tsultrim replied that the work I did sat well with me. After that I rarely did Chöd. I am digressing now, this has little to do with me, it has to do with Chandra’s problems.
Chandra was told by her teacher the Dalai Lama not to mess with me, she was very curious about my situation, she got some answers and decided to do what she was recommended not to do. I couldn’t possibly imagine arguing with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I really wondered about these women there. This place is also very remote and that also makes me wonder a lot about who are these women that live in this remote remote place.
Here we are, against my desires, I was forced to help her run Tara Mandala, and teach and work, yoga Buddhism and all she does, she wouldn’t be a Löpon without me, and now we agreed that she needs to take a retreat to reflect and I need to personally be the owner of Tara Mandala.