It was three weeks before Christmas and she asked me to visit her in Wellington, preferably before Christmas. I was leaving for India the following week and no cheap flights meant it was not possible. I phoned her and told her I would visit when I returned from India.
Whilst in India, my Teacher got an email saying she had been admitted into hospice. I was unsure that I would get back in time. However, my Teacher was confident that it would be okay. At least I was in one of the holiest places and attending a prayer festival. I sponsored some group prayers for her as well as doing my personal prayers for her.
I met the Tibetan family that my friend sponsored. They were very grateful for her kindness and generosity and very sad that my friend was terminally ill. They requested me to take a beautiful woollen shawl back to New Zealand for her.
Within a few days of arriving home, I flew to Wellington to see her. She was out of hospice and back in her own home, being well cared for by one of her sons and her sister. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a much thinner version of my friend who was still quite mobile due to the loving care of her son and sister. I stayed two days with her.Continue reading