Monday, October 6, 2014

Simple, Profound, by Arden Ruttan

Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche Students
Reflections by Arden Ruttan, USA
There's a common expression which says that finding a good knowledge holder is one of the most precious things in this human life. However finding a teacher as wise, erudite, compassionate and versatile as Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche is truly extraordinary. Many teachers can teach Buddhism and meditation well but how many can and do teach all aspects of Eastern culture: qigong, Taiji, Daoism, Chan, gongfu cha (tea), Chinese medicine and even traditional Chinese music, just to name a few? Not only does Shang Rinpoche teach all of these, but he teaches them with a practical clarity hard to find anywhere, let alone all in the same teacher. Rinpoche's compassion and willingness to give his time and energy to anyone willing to learn shows no bounds and he is constantly seeing students. Everything he does embodies his teachings and therefore he is teaching all the time. Rinpoche has an uncanny ability to take the most profound and difficult concepts and make them easy to understand and applicable to daily life. Meeting Rinpoche is the best thing to ever happen in my life and I hope he will never cease working tirelessly to bring all of us to enlightenment.

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