Bodhgaya’s Kalachakra (Part 2)

New York, N.Y. Hatred can also be changed to appreciation

I heard this terrible news when I got to the airport. The additional payment has reached $ 17,000 in the US dollar, and I trembled with fear. If we do not pay this difference immediately in cash, the hotel side will also sell this room we have left a bit to someone. At that time the credit card did not adopt any hotel, everything was cash payment.

Bodhgaya is in Bihar Province, the poorest state in India. When they have Buddhist rallies for them, it is time to write once in a year or two. The price of the hotel rises more than ten times and it becomes their ask price.

Even if you have been paid, there is no moral of good bad, I will not listen without absolute rules. While this city is an important city for Buddhism, the Buddhist population is less than 1%. Here, Buddhism is “a source of income”, which is a matter of course. There is no moral either.

All plans in the bubbles

I think that you can imagine how frustrating I was, and whether I was angry. Every meal plan, nightly meeting after meal, plan to become friends from all over the world and friends all disappeared. All the people who stay at the hotel in the suburbs had to change from 3 to 4 o’clock in the morning and walked a long distance everyday to the venue, but all the participants were supposed He understood only with good people

The next trouble is payment. I went to ATM and pulled out the maximum withdrawal amount of 10000 rupees (about US$250) per day. I went to a local bank and filed a complaint with the manager, but I could not solve it. I thought about having my staff at Delhi to have cash with me by airplane, but all the flights were full and I could not do that either. It was a difficult situation even to make a phone call. The hotel keeps threatening me while I do such a thing. I suffered from a nightmare.

Dalai Lama’s Teaching

On January 4, I went to the traching of the day, full of heavy feelings and hatred for old friends who stole the hotel room.

Dalai Lama taught that day “eight words for training of the mind.” The content translated into 14 languages was like what I thought would be “I wonder why Dalai Lama knows what I am experiencing now.” I listened to the story while becoming unbelievable as to what I was experiencing.  And I came to my mind. It was the teaching that hatred could be changed to appreciation.

“The person who I had helped me and hoped for great hope, even if I unexpectedly made me terrible, I can regard him as a holy mentor” (mind’s lesson: 6 )

Teaching of 6 gradually began to understand meaning

At first I made a great resistance with the unacceptable feeling, but gradually we began to understand the meaning. In my mind, I understood that the hatred of my old friends will melt.

At that time he probably did not know at all what condition Bodhgaya was. I began to understand little by little that it was not meant to do such a situation. When my feelings began to melt, my heart filled my heart with gratitude for the fact that I was able to learn that it changed to gratitude even strong emotions of hatred thanks to this experience. This experience has become the ultimate teaching.

Finally that evening, I decided to tell the participants what was going on. Everyone burst into tears. Everyone said “I do not have to handle things alone, we will help.” It has been saved from the bottom of my heart, moved, I may not have shed tears of appreciation as much as this time. From Dalai Lama, tears continued flowing all night long, thanks to being able to learn this lesson and thanking friends for that day that day.

On the day of checkout, we have paid all cash. Thanks to Thupten and everyone for doing a lot of hard work.

Dalai Lama always says, “Learning the real teaching does does not come easy.” Without studying, endurance and patience, I can not reach it. Everyone was happy when everything was over for ten days.

Originally published as Vol. 33 in Weekly Biz, June 30, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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