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How the Real Santa Came for Christmas

Miffi Maxmillion, December 2000

After the great joy of Rinpoche's visit in April, I began thinking that now all I wanted was to offer Rinpoche a Christmas tree, which to me is the most beautiful offering I could think of. When news came that Rinpoche was coming to visit for the second time in the same year, around the end of the year,

I thought that maybe yet again through the kindness of the guru, he would make all my wishes come true! I sent an e-mail to his attendant Ven. Roger, saying:

"Since the guru is the creator of all good and happiness, then the guru is the real Santa. We would like to invite Rinpoche to LTC and offer Rinpoche the Christmas tree. All the baubles are as beautiful and fragile as this precious human life."

The reply was: "Dear Miffi, Santa is full of surprises! If you have been really good Santa will fulfil your wishes. This is what i have heard from the little guys who hang out with Santa. Love, roger."

Miraculously, Rinpoche agreed to come visit LTC, and after many days waiting for news when, it turned out to be on Christmas day! With very little preparation time, we organised, rang people, and cleaned and prepared for the real Santa's arrival. (Apologies to anyone who I could not contact. We did everything we could).

The day dawned. While waiting in the garden we purified by singing manis and practising patience on the mosquitos. It was very hot, not a breath of air. When Rinpoche arrived we crowded into the lounge: about 45 people, a huge tree, Rinpoche, attendants and the Sangha. Rinpoche's dedication for dinner lasted 78 minutes. But it was so hot I'm sure the food stayed the same temperature. During dinner Rinpoche gave advice about how to teach to prisoners in jail. Then most people left.

The small group that was left went into the gompa. It was then that Rinpoche brought out the stupas. He explained what each relic inside was, and how to visualise receiving the blessing. There was a blood relic of the Buddha, and relics of Geshe Chekawa, Lama Tsong Khapa and Lama Yeshe. The blessings from these incredibly holy objects is impossible to describe. Rinpoche carries these relics with him everywhere, and they are to go into the heart of the Maitreya statue. When Richard Taylor, a physicist and Anglican priest was introduced, Rinpoche thanked him very much for being a priest for 25 years. Rinpoche gave some blessing cords for LTC students, blessed with many great mantras.

We offered Rinpoche a silver watering can covered in diamantes, filled with jewels, chocolate money and real money for Dzambhala practice and dedicated to the success of the Maitreya project. Later at the airport, Rinpoche wanted to know if the diamantes were real diamonds. I wish! In fact, I wish that the merit creates the causes so that we can offer Rinpoche real diamonds!

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