in Tibet, Geshela was a practitioner his whole life. He received many
precious teachings from many highly realised Lamas who had completed
the path. His main Guru was His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche. He also did
many pilgrimages and retreats in Tibet and spent his life in the
When he escaped from Tibet – from Lhasa to Nepal – at one point he was
in a kind of valley which was surround by the army. There was no way
out. He sat down in the middle of the valley and performed a puja for
persuading the holy mind of the protector. The weather had been clear,
but after Geshela's puja, there suddenly appeared clouds and fog and it
began to snow. He was then able to escape – he even walked right
between the army vehicles. The soldiers were unable to see him because
of the snow.
In Nepal he lived many years in a hermitage in the area called Tsum. He
did retreat in a few of the caves formerly used by Milarepa. He has
already completed 2000 Nyung Nays. Once, while staying in the
hermitage, he was about to run out of tsampa
(roasted barley flour – the mainstay of the Tibetan diet). He decided
not to go out to get more tsampa, but rather to stay in his hermitage
and continue his retreat, whatever happened. He made this decision by
thinking of his root Guru Trijang Rinpoche. Then, the day his tsampa ran out, a man came with a huge load of tsampa. From that time, Geshela was never without tsampa.
Whenever his supply became low, someone would appear with more. Geshela
believes that this is due to the blessing and guidance of his Guru
because he renounced the clinging to this life by relying on his Guru.
Once, 1-2 years ago, Geshela fell on the steps at Kopan Monastery and
hit his head on the concrete. He immediately felt a great sense of
release and he rejoice so much that the obstacles of Lama Zopa Rinpoche
and of Kopan had been received by him. He felt great satisfaction. He
said that the thought that came into his mind was, "Now it is good; it
has become worthwhile." That means instead of Kopan experiencing
obstacles, he experienced obstacles and therefore he was satisfied.
Besides having Tantric realisations, he is a definite Mahayana
practitioner, a definite yogi who has the realisation of bodhicitta and
the unmistaken realisation of emptiness.
During our pilgrimage in Tibet (in 1987), we went to see the Palden
Lhamo lake which is like a TV – it can predict people's lives. It
predicted and proved the 14th Dalai Lama's reincarnation. Lama Zopa
Rinpoche hired enough horses for all the people in the party, but Geshe
Lama Konchog refused to put a foot on a horse. That's a sign of a
bodhisattva. He didn't want to give trouble or suffering to the horse.
Even though he was not healthy, he always went by foot.
While living in Tsum in Nepal, he healed a few crazy people by doing fire puja and by beating them.
Rinpoche said that we should let people know of the qualities of the
Lama – he is extremely qualified, so it is extremely fortunate to
receive blessings from and have had pujas performed by him. His
realisations are such that for many of us, it would take many lifetimes
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