I have been in the presence of a clear light of being in a human form. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche was a nomadic spiritual teacher who mastered a life of non-attachment. I casually glanced into his eyes while on a meditation retreat in Nepal. I experienced the reality of “emptiness as form and form as emptiness.” He was/is crystal clear that we show up in form here in “ordinary reality” to inspire each other to wake up to lives governed by our Shared Divinity.

The experience of being in his presence was totally impersonal and remarkably intimate. The feel was, and still is, the direct exposure to our shared innate still nature. I carry a picture of this divine being with me. I affectionately refer to it as the face of “God.” I had a pacemaker “installed” this past year, and the surgeon reported seeing a being of light in the room singing “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

Full of devotion to the welfare of others, “KTGR” sang inspirational songs of devotion with simple joy. I cry every single time I chant that “tune.” Let’s find time and space to sit in a “Sacred Circle” together. Yes, where we are clear about our dual roles of holding the circle together – both inspiring and open to being inspired by each other.

I both celebrate and mourn that Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche dropped his human form on 6/22/24 after 90 years of being a wanderer. Not so ironically, his book on the stages of emptiness that I have been seeking for years arrived in my mailbox last Sunday.

Om Mani Padme Hum…