Apprentice

Relationship with the Lamas

Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen are both ordinary and extraordinary. ‘Ordinary’ because they live their lives in the same world as any other ordinary person: shopping, cooking, taking their children to school or helping them with their music lessons, paying bills, or enjoying a film. ‘Extraordinary’ because woven into this display of ordinary life is the living Dharma – the view of Vajrayana. Interaction with apprentices is informal – transmission often being given through social interaction and pursuits such as horse riding. One can be engaged in informal and relaxed conversation with Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen when suddenly one finds oneself vivid and alert. These are moments when something subtle and profound is communicated. This effortless and natural flow of the experience of Dharma through being in the presence of the Lamas is remarkable – and inspires great devotion. It is not always entirely comfortable to have Lamas such as Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen – the awareness of potential in each moment creates a certain frisson. To enter Vajrayana is to declare oneself open to change – and to enter vajra relationship is to experience the actualisation of change.

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