THE SECOND WORLD WAR HAD BEEN OVER FOR FOUR YEARS,
but the world had not learned the costly lessons from this long struggle. The new
of the Chinese Government under Mao and Communism, begin to eye the land of
Tibet, which they believe belongs to them, as Tibet was part of China in
the past and most be returned to its rightful place.
This day is beautiful, but cold, it is a
typical autumn day. We are in a very fertile valley, with green fields.
In the distance we can see the people working on the land. Ahead is the
temple that is maintained in reverance by the local Buddhist order, the
Nyingma. The sky is clear and blue, all seems to be in harmony. This will
be one of the last peaceful days the land will know for some time.
Kewtsang feels a great joy in his being today,
happy to be alive and live
in such a paradise. Wearing his traditional monk's robes, a dark red
burgandy in color, Kewtsang has been living at the Buddist monastery
for about seven years now. In the monastery he learns about Buddhism and
life, as well as fulfills his daily chores to support his brother Buddhist
and their order.
Also, each novice (trainee monk or "Getsul") conducts their daily meditations in their cells to
gain inner knowledge that will help them to become full monks ("Gelong status")
in the future.
is able to go into meditation quickly and blend his voice with the chants but
today, for some reason, he is having trouble concentrating. He is feeling
himself being pulled toward a corner in the back of the room. He silently gets up, and
walks over to this location.
|THIS DAY, KEWTSANG WILL BE PARTCIPATING
in a meditation in the main temple area,
with other monks ... and he must hurry as the ceremony will begin at
any time (the Buddhist were not clock driven per say). In this room,
the walls are covered by Thangkas, paintings that include images of Tibetan
mandalas and various Yidams (deities who act as role models). Then the
meditation begins as the head lama opens with a "Refuge" (religious) prayer
(a chant), one that has been handed down over hundreds of year for this lineage.
All in attendance join in with the Head Lama, adding their voices to
the chants ( which intensifies the power and intentions of their words, for example
the sound of "OM" is used).
There he sees a very talk but dark mirror. He has heard talk among the other
novices about this strange object but never before had an interest with it.
It is said the mirror was discovered hundreds
of years ago in a cave nearby. It is in the room for symbolic reasons.
AS KEWTSANG GAZES UPON THE MIRROR, he sees his reflection
inside of it. Then all of a sudden, he starts to becomes dizzy and must sit down ... he begins
it feels like he is going to go unconscious. In the room are swirls of smoke
from the incense that has been lit for the meditation. It appears as if the
smoke is taking on a life of its own as it begins to flow around him. Kewtsang
beomces oblivious to this, and falls into a deep meditation
. In the background we
see the Monks continuing to chant a Buddhist Mantra. At the precise moment
when the smoke encircles the boy, he feels himself instantly transported to a
strange world with strange looking people. He is floating above these people as
if he is a silent and invisible observer. His attention becomes drawn to one
a white man, a person he does not know
but yet he somehow
feels a kinship with. Kewtsang doesn't
understand what this all means
and then he hears words whispered into his ear by
a feminine sounding voice
"This is Your Destiny
And as soon as these words are spoken, the vision begins to fade, but in the
distance of his periphal vision, he sees an image of the Potola, the special
palace in Lhasa. As he comes too, and this vision fades, he feels a cold chill
fill his being and finds himself back in the temple, lying in front of the
mirror as the chanting continuing to be heard in the background.
He knows that he
must always remember this man's face but has no idea why
THE FOLLOWING DAY HE HAS TIME with his personal teacher,
a monk who has
been guiding him with his studies and personal inner spiritual development for
the best three years. Such a teacher is considered to be a "Spiritual Friend"
by the novice and functions as a tutor and counselor to the student.
Kewtsange shares with his honored teacher, his experiences and ask for some
guidance or explanation. It is fairly usual for the Buddhist to receive such
as they usually work on building an image, related to special symbolism
inside of themselves and maintain this image in their mind. However to have
such a vision spontaneously occur is quite another story in itself. His teacher
can offer little help but knowing how hard working his student is,
and how much compassion Kewtsang has for life and learning, the teacher
thinks this may be a sign of a special work Kewtsang may do. Although the
Buddhist teach no one person is more special than another ... they know that
sometimes certain individuals have a special mission to perform in life.
The Monk offers to Kewtsang the idea that this could be a message about his
future from a Dakini (a female spirit involved in sharing
wisdom about Buddhism). Then Kewtsang shares with his teacher about the
vision of the Potola and ask if he knew anything about this building. Kewtsang
also felt that somehow he must leave soon to go there, is this crazy?
His teacher, at first heistates, as he had quite a fondess for Kewtsang
but he knows it is the job of a teacher to prepare his student to learn how
to be responsible for their own life and make his own decision. So the
Monk replies, "Little one, we must trust in one's own intuition and if you
feel so strongly about this, you indeed have my blessing to leave. I will help
clear your way with the Ripoche ... have no worry."
Kewtsang thanks his teacher for his kindness and that he hopes (even though
he knows better as this would be a form of attachment) that one day
his teacher will be proud of him.
The next day, Kewtsang is ready to leave his home for the first time in his life.
He says goodbye to his family and especially his father. No one understands why he
must go but they knew that Kewtsang must follow his own feelings. Kewtsang
than prepared for a long journey as it would take many days to reach Lhasa.
Meanwhile, at the same time, in China, the Chinese military were already initiating secret meetings,
preparing to launch an invasion force into Tibet that would begin in the next year.
From the viewpoint of the young apprentice, we see the door to the Potola in front
of him, as he is about to enter. He wonders to himself what course his life
will take next. Outside this sacred building we see many monks
walking around in their tradition robes, some even wear hats,
as this is a busy day with many people walking in and out of the building.
Kewtsang has some time
before he must report to the local monastery, part of the Gelugpa order of Buddhism.
Besides, Kewtsang has always wanted to see the inside of the Potola.
He spends about an hour walking around in total awe
of what he sees, as the history of his country is portrayed in various
paintings (Thangkas) and statues of past Dalai Lamas, past Panchen Lamas
and past kings of Tibet. (Note from rJis: The Dalai Lama lived in the
Potola and is not only the Head of State or considered to be the "King"
of Tibet. The Panchen Lama is considered to be the Head of the Gelugpa
Order. Also, the Dalai Lama is considered to be a very high Lama in this
order as well.
AS KEWTSANG ARRIVES IN LHASA, in the distance, he can see the
magnificent fortress, the Potola, the seat of the Tibetan Government (rJis: and even
now this building still remains as a powerful symbol of the sacred teachings
of the Buddhist). This building
sits on top of a hill in all its splendor, since 640 A.D., when it
- BY LATE IN THE AFTERNOON, Kewtsang finally arrives
at his new home, the local monastery, with a letter in hand from his teacher,
to help him become accepted as a apprentice monk. He is greeted by one of
the monks as he enters and is taken to the head master. He is accepted
into the new order and his life begins anew again.
About a month after entering the monastery, as he is walking in the gardens,
he notices outside a gathering of monks. They are in a circle and in deep
meditation, chanting a powerful mantra. Kewtsang can see the light of the
sun reflecting off an object in the center. He can not see clearly what this
object is, but he does notice he does have the color "green". Later in the day,
he asks his best friend, a young man who is studying to become a monk like
him, if he knows anything about this object. All his friend can say, is that
the object is very revered and has great significance and he has heard of it
referred to as the "Green Jewel".
- AS THE YEARS PROGRESS, Kewtsang enjoys his stay at the
monastery and within two years of his stay, he has become a fully ordained monk.
Things in Tibet
are becomming more difficult as the Chinese continue to put pressure on the Tibetans
and take away their freedom. The Tibetan are a peaceful people but some of the
younger people get involved in fighting the Chinese oppression. The Monks at the
Monastery do their best to keep the peace and teach the people to respect and honor
their spiritual traditions ... and that in the end everything will be well.
In 1954, the monastery is honored by a visit with the Dalai Lama ... it is a
great occassion for all, for His Holiness to offer them this honor. The Dalai
Lama offers to the monks various group audiences with him and then the best
students were offered a private audience with him. Kewtsang was surprised to
be told that he would have such an opportunity, as he had come to respect
the teachings of this great man. When Kewtsang enters the room, to meet
the Dalai Lama, he can not believe how joyful he is, laughing with the monk
who preceeded him. He thought he would be
very serious. Then, the Dalai Lama saids to Kewtsange, or now as he is known
"My dear brother ... I hear very good things about you from
the Lamas here ... that you work hard and are very devoted to your duties.
Always remember, we each take the "Bidhisattva Vow" which tells us that we
oursevles will actively help each and every sentinent being reach enlightenment
in any way we can, respecting that each sentinent has their own timing and
manner to do so. I have great faith that one day our
world will be living harmonious even though we here are facing great challenges.
I feel that you have a gift to share with others ... trust in yourself and
all will be well. Thank you my son ....
Kewtsang is very affected by the Dalai Lama's words and his respect for this
man (who in Tibet was considered to be an "Enligtened Being", an incarnation of
CHENREZIG, the Buddha of limitless compassion, the protector of Tibet)
becomes even more so. He bows in respect of this great teacher and
vows that he will, to the best of his ability, help others to find their
inner peace and enlightenment.
- WE MOVE FORWARD IN TIME TO 1959. We see a group of Tibetan
Buddhist fleeing Tibet from the persecutions of the Chinese. The Dalai Lama
has already left, under disquise and it
is now abundantly clear that the Chinese's desire is to erase the peaceful Buddhist from
the face of the Earth.
This change of events has been predicted, of course, by prophecies handed down generation after
generation. The Tibetan Buddhist knew one day that their land would be invaded but they
also know through the prophecy, that there will be a time when they will return to
their land, and in this time will be when the reunification for all of humanity occurs.
The prophecies state that no matter what adversity the Buddhist will face, they must
continue to be messengers of peace. They have a special role to play in the birthing of
a new harmonious world.
Before the Buddhist are
forced to leave Tibet and especially the Potola, they secretly hide many of their
secret and sacred artifacts and records deep underground, in places only they know
they pray to the sacred Bodhisattvas to protect these treasures
As Kewtsang walks out of Lhasa with the other Buddhists, he feels a great sadness
in his heart
Now a young man of 21, working towarding becoming a Lama as well as
one of the most devoted disciples of the young Dalai
Lama, he vows deep inside of him, that one day he will return to this sacred land and fulfill