Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was a dear man. Humble in his brilliance, he always had the most infectious smile. I called him the bliss bunny. Just to look at him made you let go of your burdens and enter into the spirit of his joy.
His teachings were inspired, and he gathered many sincere practitioners to explore his Ngakpa (non-monastic tantric buddist) tradition. He visited Maui often, sharing his wisdom with us. He was an inspired artist and dancer and was on the Council of Advisors of Tara Dhatu since its inception.
We had the great good fortune to dance for him on several occasions. I created a dance of Kurukulle, Red Tara, to celebrate one of the cycles of teaching that he worked with. This unique mandala of Tara organizes her emanations into a double dorje configuration……it was a very deepening experience to dance this for him.
I will never forget his perfect advice for us. We had completed our dance offering to him, posed for the obligatory group shot, and just as we turned to leave he stopped us and said….”When you take off your costume remember, you are Tara, you were always Tara, you will always be Tara.” We have been doing our best to grow into his perfect direction.
Here is a beautiful tribute to his passing documenting the ceremonies at Pema Osel Ling immediately after Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s passing, and on his cremation day. The numerous beautiful cloud formations displayed occur when a great lama has passed, or is about to. In this case, they happened 2 days before the cremation.
To read more about his lineage and his teachings: http://www.vajrayana.org/
At the time of a great Lama’s death his essence is very close to us if we turn to him. It is with great gratitude that we remember the presence of this blessed teacher and his precious teachings. May we always remember his perfect guidance.