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His Eminence Ling Rinpoche with Ven. Elisabeth Drukier seated to his left, Centre Kalachakra, Paris, France, April 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of Centre Kalachakra.

His Eminence Ling Rinpoche with Ven. Elisabeth Drukier seated to his left, Centre Kalachakra, Paris, France, April 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of Centre Kalachakra.

Long-time student Ven. Elisabeth Drukier, director of Centre Kalachakra in Paris, France, joyfully shared this news about an April visit from His Eminence the Seventh Ling Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the principal organizer of the Jangchup Lamrim with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and experienced a tragic car crash in November 2012.

Ling Rinpoche was on his way to the United States for surgery when he stopped in Paris at the request of Dakpo Rinpoche. Our resident geshe, Geshe Dakpa Tsoundou, invited him to the center and on April 7 Ling Rinpoche came to give some advice.

“I already came in 2005 and I am so happy to be here this evening to meet you,” Rinpoche began. “I like to emphasize how important it is to study. It has to be with the motivation to transform our mind, to practice what we study. The center isn’t only a place where you can heal transitory problems, you have to eradicate desire and attachment.

“Western people are attracted to tantric initiations, but you should be careful. Check the [teacher] and if you’re capable to do the practice. Tantra is based on sutra and shouldn’t be practiced to gain powers and fame.”

At the end, Rinpoche said he would pray for us to have harmonious lives and then offered students the opportunity to receive a blessing from him.

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