The Power Is in the Eyes

”The power is in the eyes. Great masters have it. This piercing compassionate stare that rattles your bones. No matter who you are, or what you believe in, these men have undeniable qualities. Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche has it.

You can even see how children react to Rinpoche, they can see it too. Their eyes lock with his and they stare into him. Babies especially, mouths wide open, their innocent eyes look to his and never break away. Their little hands in is – so tender and touching, it melts my heart.

Some are completely without fear, walking up they offer their hand and shake it with fervor, much to the enjoyment of Rinpoche. His smile is so huge as he watches them. Some are timid and shy, slowly approaching, grabbing their mother’s legs, maybe even hiding behind them. They are without filters and his power and presence must be intense for them. Without concepts of who he is, or what he is. Children see so much into people. Being in the presence of such a Lama, regardless of who you are, is very powerful.

I’m a full grown man, covered in tattoos, behind me a life full of wild and outrageous experiences and Rinpoche still stops me in my tracks with his stare. He’s years younger than me, but he manifests as lightyears ahead. Child or not, filter or not, this is a man of extraordinary power. Title or not, even Buddhist or not, this is a man of such undeniable qualities. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or what you believe in, the power is so clearly visible in the eyes.”

— by Tokpa Korlo