Guest Contributor – Mavis Yeh
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It was in early 2010 that I first stumbled upon Rinpoche’s YouTube teachings and to say that I was completely blown away by it is an understatement. The blog came about shortly after and I have been an avid reader/follower since then. At the beginning, with my highly deluded mind, I was selective in accepting the dharma teachings and agreed with what I felt was right. I had many questions but with each dharma talks that I watched, most of my questions were answered. (Of course, I had wonderful Kecharians who helped me along the way, namely Wai Meng, Jamie, Bryan, Joy and Pastor Susan).
Initially, the main reason for my YouTube search was to learn more about mala as I was going through spirit disturbances, since then, it has long been history. When I was first recommended to practice Guru Yoga, I thought it was some kind of yoga exercise that involves some stretching and holding a posture. My knowledge of Lama Tsongkapa at the time was next to nil, let alone Setrap, Tara and the like. Through Rinpoche’s blog I was exposed to different practices, from showing compassion not only to animals but spirits to generating bodhicitta. I remember vividly when I first set my eyes on the Wheels of Sharp Weapons, I said to myself “really?”
I don’t have a major transformation experience to share. However, even though all the teachings were learned strictly online, it has helped me tremendously in my day to day interactions with people and also the way I handle difficult situations. I am more aware with the things I say and do, with that little voice asking if that was dharmic action or not. It is akin to having installed a dharma filter in your mind that lets you see things in a different perspective and knowing what you would have said and done pre and post dharma.
Since last year I have started prostration retreat, although I have completed an insignificant number of 20,000 thus far, if I have done anything more “consistently consistent” in my life, this is it. Again, without the online teachings, blog and the team behind it, this would not have been possible.
Now, I’d like to share the stories of my three siblings as they have benefit much from Rinpoche’s blog teachings as well. Firstly, Amy’s transformation is going vegetarian, although she is yet to fully come out of the closet. There is also a shift in her thinking, less of the self-cherishing mind and more of practicing the paramita of generosity. Secondly, Erik, who found peace and solace through online dharma teachings and there is nothing more rewarding or pleasing to hear that. Last but not the least, Jim’s major transformation is turning vegetarian full time. From living like a bitter zombie to having a light re-kindled. all made possible through Rinpoche’s teachings although none of us have met Rinpoche yet.
It’s not easy for me to write this as writing is not my forte; however, I need to thank Rinpoche’s kindness for spreading the dharma online as without it, my dharma knowledge would still be at a minimum and I have only scratched the surface of it. I had to muster up the confidence and courage to write this, yes, getting out of my comfort zone and working towards being comfortable in the face of discomfort. Yet another lesson learned from Rinpoche.
To conclude, I want to thank the most important person who first decided to put up Rinpoche’s teachings on YouTube, the unsung hero Pastor Loh Seng Piow, kudos to you.
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