A Short Story Told By Khenchen Rinpoche

Seven years ago in January during the time of the Nyingma Monlam Chemo in Bodhgaya, Khenpo Jamphel Tsering, one of the prominent Ngagyur Nyingma College teachers, was in Himachal Pradesh rather than attending the Monlam with all the other senior monks and lay people.

As it so happened at that same time there in Himachal Pradesh, a close friend to Khenpo Tsering named Pema Namgyal passed away. Khenchen Rinpoche also knew Pema Namgyal very well. Subsequently one night, Khenpo had a visionary dream in which he saw a pig being chased by hunters.

In the dream, the pig was running towards Khenpo where he was sitting, and started to talk saying, “Do you recognize me? I am Pema Namgyal! I am Pema Namgyal! Due to my bad karma during my lifetime, I have now been born in this form. I would like to request that you please make offerings to Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya on my behalf.” After saying this to Khenpo, the pig ran away as the hunters were getting close to him. Suddenly he was pulled inside the vast desert-like sand and after which the hunters were also pulled inside. Khenpo woke up, saw that the time was 4.30 am, and immediately departed for Bodhgaya where the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo was taking place. As requested, Khenpo made as many offerings as possible for his friend Pema Namgyal.

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Khenchen Rinpoche wanted to share this story to remind people to be good human beings and live a life that is beneficial to yourself and others. This life, your life, is important and should not be wasted. Value and treasure the life that you are so fortunate to have.

Most Buddhists believe that in this life as human beings, we have a choice and control over what we can and should do; however, in our next life, we will be born into lives represented by the results of our actions and consequences of this life, which could manifest in any form and any realm – perhaps with no choice and no control. And for those who question a “next life,” why would you want to create something that is harmful to others or to yourself anyway?

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Again, Khenchen Rinpoche would like to thank all of our donors for their kind contribution and hope this year we will be able to make the 2010 Monlam Chenmo even more beneficial to all beings, whether deceased, living, or yet to be born. We dedicate the Monlam Chenmo of 2010 to the Long Life of our Teachers and mentors and request that they guide us forward on our life's journey.