My friend Thomas told me this story some eight years ago.
He and and a few polish bon sangha fellows went to Dolanji to meet His Holiness and other teachers there. They spent about two weeks there, receiving some teachings and participating in the monastery prayers and empowerments - it was shortly before Losar (the tibetan new year) so the program was quite busy.
One day there was going to be a special ceremony given by His Holiness at another place - in a nearby town - and Thomas and his friends wanted to go there.
- I was sitting with His Holiness asking about the ceremony and how we can get quickly and comfortably to the place - Thomas told me.
Rinpoche actually is the throne holder of Yungdrung Bon, having the title ‘Menri Trizin’ - this means He has responsibility for all the Yungdrung Bon teachings that are spreading in the world currently; He is also Abbot of the Menri monastery in Dolanji, and travels in the world giving teachings. And He is very accessible person at the same time, very joyful and kind and patient. He gave the details of the travel to Thomas, asking when he and his friends were going to depart.
- I said, we’re going today afternoon - Thomas recalled - and His Holiness said, ‘go tomorrow’. ‘No no’, I said, ‘we’re going today. We will hit one more place on the travel and we’ll be there before you’. ‘Go the next day’, His Holiness again said.
Thomas and his companions didn’t listen to the advice and set off in the afternoon. It soon turned out that part of the journey they planned to cover by the evening was impossible to pass because the buses didn’t go and they had to spend night in another place and because of that the next day they missed the first bus and finally arrived late for the ceremony.
- I was sitting there - Thomas said - in my black fit sunglasses, smiling like an idiot and turning down accomplished master’s advice saying ‘no no, no no’ as he was giving it to me. I will never forget that!