It started with a scruffy-sounding, “Ohhhhhh! Tashi Delek!” (Tibetan greeting.)
I was sitting on a bench in the mountain forest below the Dalai Lama’s temple with my friend Tanja. Beside me quite suddenly was an elderly man leaning down and beaming as though Tanja and I were dear friends he hadn’t seen in years. “How are you?!” he said with sincere joy punctuating his words. “My name Jampa!”
He pointed up the path and said, “Come have tea! My house!”
The invitation was far too unexpected to be anything but a gift. So we said yes.
Inside his room, which measured no more than 8” x 12”, was everything Jampa owns. Two small beds, four deep shelves, a small table, a two-burner stove, and a row of wall hooks held all of his belongings. Every single thing in that room served one or more purposes, which ultimately was all to support his deep devotion to spiritual well being.
Jampa put out a plate of fresh oranges, pears and apples for us to eat, then when the tea was ready he poured ours into ceramic cups and poured his own into a wooden bowl. “Tibetan style,” he said.
The three of us ate our fruit and sipped our tea in silence. We could not converse in Tibetan or English, so we simply took in the moment of togetherness knowing we were there for no other reason than togetherness.
In that precious stretch of silence, the sublime beauty of the randomness and simplicity of each other’s company was as palpable as the beat of my heart. It was a space of true spiritual well being for all of us, all because a humble 87-year-old extended a genuine offer of kindness and we said yes.
How did we ever forget love is as easy as that?
I grew up with a deeply personal relationship to Jesus but was never a church goer, nor was I interested in Christianity or any other religion. Jesus was the only religious figure I had ever really thought about, so I never knew anything about the guy known as the Dalai Lama or the guy he represents, Buddha. But as I reveal in my book, four years ago I discovered I have an unusual and very rare connection to Buddha and his great ambassador, the Dalai Dude, and my life seems to keep validating this over and over again.
This April, as happened last year, I was in a crowd of people who came to see the Dalai Lama speak at his temple in India and happened to be standing EXACTLY where His Holiness came to stand and take photos, so I got to hold his hand – twice. As my friend Nicole witnessed with the same shock I experienced, this year he actually looked straight at me among the crowd, reached out his hand to me and then came to stand beside me for the photo.
Last week some friends and I went to hear the Dalai Lama give his final talk of a three-day teaching to Tibetan students. We thought the talk began at 8:30am like the previous days, but it turns out it was scheduled to start earlier. When we arrived at 7:15am the venue was already full and we were directed to a hillside out of sight of the main teaching area. As we were walking up the hill I noticed a row of men at the entrance to the teaching hall dressed in traditional Tibetan costume. I asked one of the guards if I could just duck under the security rope and take some photos and he said yes.
I had been standing in one spot taking photos for less than 60 seconds when another guard told me I had to step behind the white line, which when I looked down I could see meant I had to step backwards about six inches. When I looked up again I saw a car coming right in front of me, and to my surprise, it was the Dalai Lama. (Photo is without any zoom.)
I left the talk a few minutes before it was over because someone else was speaking and I wasn’t interested in what they had to say. As my friend Tanja and I headed out to the main road to wait for our other friends, we realized we might actually see the Dalai Lama coming out the same way. Sure enough, less than five minutes after we started walking, here he came, right in front of us. (Video is also without zoom.) Dalai Lama leaving teachings.
I feel incredibly blessed to have these strong connections to such powerful teachers of kindness, compassion, joy and peace. In my metaphysical experiences I get exquisite time with Jesus and Buddha, and in my physical experiences I get extraordinary time with the Dalai Lama. I am always aware of feeling deeply grounded and real in their presence, because I am reminded then of who I Am, sharing in profound collective energies of Divine Love.
As we all are, though most do not know this. But I tell you, it is true. It is true.
May every moment of our time together in Love – with whomever we are around – be of benefit to all beings.
I am often asked this question. And here’s my answer:
The path to enlightenment has a few bumps…
The time has come. There are exciting things happening right now, right before us, within us, and all around us, and these things are ready for us to talk about them in a big, exciting way.
So let’s get together and do just that, shall we?
With the official launch of my unwittingmystic.com website today I am finally ready to start filling in the schedule for my upcoming speaking tour in the US. My time will be limited, so I want to make the most of every single day and share as much love and inspiration with as many people as possible!
With few exceptions, all engagements will be donation-based. Whenever possible, a modest sponsorship is requested to cover travel, lodging and food to help me get my message out into the world. (And yes, I accept offers to stay with friends!)
The information listed on the Upcoming Events page is a general outline of the regions I expect to be in each month, based on invitations I have received thus far. This page will fill in and change over the next few weeks as details and dates become available, so stay tuned.
I am SO excited to get to see all of you, to hug your neck, to meet your communities and make new friends. We have much to talk about, so let’s get started and make some great things happen!
Love, peace and joy to all.