Editor’s note: Found on Facebook; thanks to Amy Schwartz for her permission to share:
I have been lucky to be with His Holiness Karmapa on several occasions, but the Karma Pakshi empowerment at the UPAC center on April 19th was one of the most powerful for me. At the end of the empowerment, a palpable sense of longing filled the beautiful, spacious theater.
A lucky few would be seeing the Karmapa in the days to come, but most of us would be leaving the theater, getting into our cars, and driving away. We could not be sure when we would see him again.
As the lamas circulated with blessed water from the empowerment, the audience began singing “Karmapa Khyenno.” On the throne, His Holiness picked up his bell and damaru and began playing along with us as we sang.
In that moment, I felt his great longing — his wish to be with us, encourage us, and help us. The poem came spontaneously the next day as I was remembering that moment.
The Guru’s Longing
The guru has no craving
But he longs to really help us
Which entails us helping ourselves.
The guru longs to be with us
Not because we are separate,
But because we don’t know that we aren’t.
The guru indicates the path
And walks down it with us
But when we don’t keep walking, or when we stray
Going off in all directions and getting lost,
It’s a lonely path for him.
The guru longs for us to see
What he sees, as he sees —
But we must do the work
To remove our own blinders;
And in the meantime,
The guru’s patience is immense
His compassion and kindness are unfathomable
And he longs for us to grow.
— Amy Schwartz