More Wonderful Quotations about Je Pabongka
from Ribur Rinpoche’s Pabongka Rinpoche: A Memoir
(Published in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand By Pabongka Rinpoche, Wisdom Publications 1991)
Many times there would be long lines of people waiting for blessings, but rinpoche would ask each one individually how they were and tap them on the head. Sometimes he dispensed medicine. He was always gentle. All this made him very special.
I would say he had two main qualities: from the tantric point of view, his realization and ability to present Heruka, and from the sutra point of view, his ability to teach Lam-rim.
Whenever he visited his lama’s monastery, Rinpoche would dismount as soon as it appeared in view and prostrate all the way to the door — which was not easy because of his build; when he left he would walk backwards until it was out of sight.
Relics (not found in the cremation fires of ordinary beings)….
(After rinpoche passed away,) an incredible reliquary was constructed but the Chinese demolished it. Nevertheless, I was able to retrieve some of Rinpoche’s relics from it and I gave them to Sera-mae Monastery. You can see them there now.
The Only Thing that Matters…
I have had some success as a scholar, and as a lama I am somebody, but these things are not important. The only thing that matters to me is that I was a disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche.