A STORY FROM KHENPO SONAM PHUNTSOK

Let me cite a story I have seen somewhere. I think I saw it on a pamplet explaining the background of peace vase.

One day, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was sitting with Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Nepal. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche spoke at length on the degeneration of the elements in the universe and the ways to revitalize these energies. He said there are termas of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa concerning the methods to make peace vases and plant them in different places. Having heard this, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche said he would take up the project. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was very pleased and said, “It’s timely that you said this. Your predecessor, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro always used to talked about such a project”.   Khyentse Rinpoche says he doesn’t know why he said this, because he is not even able to look after Dzongsar Institute properly.

Then the peace vases were made in Bhutan and blessed by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche before he passed away in 1991. It is said that the peace vases were conscrated by many tibetan masters including Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche.

I think the story is valid because there’s another similar story. When Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, accompanied by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche and Tulku Pema Wangyal, visited Tibet in the 1980s, a person offered a small statue of Manjushri that had belonged to Mipham Rinpoche. The statue is believed to have spoken to Mipham Rinpoche. The statue was lost during the cultural revolution. Upon receipt of the statue Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wept profusely out of joy.  Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche who was present there accidently said “I will offer one hundred thousand butter lamps in front of this statue”.   At this, Dilgo Khyentse said, “If you could do this, you’ll become a mahapandita”.   In the midst of building Dzongsar shedra and other dharma activities, Khyentse Rinpoche forgot the pledge he had made before Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche passed away in 1991.  Later, after the enthronment of Yangsi Rinpoche at Shechen monastery in Nepal, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave the transmission for the collected writings of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse upon Tulku Pema Wangyal’s request. While giving the transmission, Rinpoche came across a sadhana for making offerings to Manjushri. In the colophon, it’s written, “In the future, Jamyang Thupten Chokyi Gyatso will offer one hundred thousand butter lamps in front of this Manjushri statue”.    So, Rinpoche offered 100,000 butter lamps at Shechen monastery in 1999-2000. The sacred Manjushri statue is inside the Manjushri statue that sits inside the vase-shaped dome of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s reliquary stupa at Shechen Monastery.

Best wishes to all,
Sonam Phuntsho

Bir
2014