I was sitting with several other students and my teacher, most of the weekend visitors to the Gompa had gone home and things were quiet after the hustle and bustle of the retreat that had finished on Sunday evening.
One of the other students started to describe his feeling of detachment from everyday things.
“That’s not it”. said Rinpoche.
After a while another student started to describe blissful feelings that had started the arise in meditation.
“That’s not it either” said Rinpoche.
“It’s not that what you are describing is not real..it’s real in a conventional sense, but it’s not IT.”
“ So what is IT?” Someone asked. “Hard, hard, work with no hope of reward” Rinpoche replied. “ What more do you need?”.