Recently I had the privilege to dine with Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche, and then hear him speak at the Rigpa Center in NYC on “Creating Space.”
Meeting Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche was magical. I enjoyed his lively and direct teaching style and continue to reflect on his profound words. “Creating Space” was a lesson in compassion and openness and like a Zen Koan, so much was said with so few words.
Born in 1981 to a Tibetan Buddhist family of great masters, Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche and ordained by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, he embarked on a classic Buddhist education under the tutelage of many enlightened masters. Presently Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche is the Vajra Master of KaNying Shrefruo Ling Monastery, abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, assists in monasteries and practice centers in Tibet and heads Dharma centers in North America and Asia, while teaching in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, and South East Asia.
Always have a camera on hand
I learned from Allen Ginsberg to always have a camera with me and therefore I can happily share a few photos I captured during the dinner and our walk to the talk. All images were captured in RAW with my purse-sized, high-end point-and-shoot camera, enabling me to easily adjust the noise that is a byproduct of the small 1/1.7″-type CMOS sensor when using a high ISO (640) settings.
Put Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche on your radar and see him next time he visits your location. Interested in reading about compassion and Buddhist teachings? Visit my previous blog post “Ten Best Buddhist Books.”
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