On the 4th day of my journey to Tibet I arrived to a small village situated on the hillside of a mountain, a local approached me smiling widely, and without further ado invided me to come with him, showing me the way to a small street in the middle of the town where there were about a dozen people sitting on the ground and eating together from a silver pot. Friendly and with astonishing joy they offered me food and drinks while refilling each other’s bowls with delicios broth of traditional vegetables. After a while, a Tibetan monk showed up and invited me with a guesture to accompany him, invitation which I accepted with pleasure. Since that moment, every step that I moved forward with him leading to his house was bringing me closer to discover the righteous wisdom of the Lama.
Other two Tibetan Monks were sitting on a wooden floor in a small room while the old mother of the Lama was placing two teapots on the fire of her woodstove to make sure that the tea that was offered to us had an optimal temperature at every moment. After chatting for a couple of hours the two guest monks left the house accompanied by the host Lama. I took this moment to open my laptop and start writing sitting on a balcony windowsill of the dwelling.
The dusk already fell and several minutes later, without sensing his present before he was right by my side, the Lama placed on the floor right next to me a bunch of plants and a washbowl with water wihtout making any commnets. I intuitively understood his insinuation, left my laptop and sat on the wooden floor, I undid the string tying the plants and started to immerse them into the icy water of the bucket provided by the Lama under his attentive look sitting quietly in a wooden chair, barely two metres away from me.
Cleaning each plant one by one by caressing them under the silent and unalterable supervision of the Lama, time passed turning such a simple and routine task into a lesson of immense value and beauty. In the moment I was finishing with the last plant, my host stood up from the chair and left the room so as to return a few seconds later with a wooden table and a knife which he put at my side before he returned to his seat on a wooden chair standing in the centre of the small room. Instructions or comments were not needed and this time while chopping the vegetables, again the silence meant an ideal mentor to convey a little bit of such a precious wisdom.
Once I finished carrying out my tasks as cooking assistant of the Tibetan Monk who hosted me, he took the already washed and cropped vegetables and began to cook them, keeping the silent atmosphere which was more than characterizing the scene. After about twenty minutes of frying the plants and cooking rice, he let out a cry with which, I suspected, he was calling someone. A little while afterwards his 4-year-old son entered the room.
The Monk served us a little of food and again sat to observe calmly. Whenever we finished with the food in our bowls, they would be autoumatically refilled by the Lama while his own remained empty. When we could not eat any more because we were totally full, finally he stood up and filled his bowl with what was left.
I have always stood up for the fact that the most beautiful words are often those which do not need to be talked about, a theory which in this case arose at its biggest extention after having a previledge to assist a masterful lesson of humility, respect and value of courtesy of the Lama who shared, without pondering, his righteous wisdom.