It is not uncommon that one of the culture in Kechara is to have whole department go for movie treat and all this started with Tsem Rinpoche bringing a group of us students out on a… usually “horror”, movie outing. This is Rinpoche’s way of getting us relax, unwind, and bond with the team instead of just the routine of work. Yes we work hard and play hard too. If Rinpoche watched a really good movie, he will always recommend it to us to watch it. He will automatically ask us to go watch it as a group in our departments and most of the time Rinpoche would the one who will arrange for it, making sure the tickets are bought, treating us with popcorn and drinks… and we’re talking about 13 different departments!
Yes Rinpoche cares and shows us his appreciation in all our hard work in so many ways that very rare bosses out there in the real world would do. The movie night outing is something I think everyone appreciates. On days when you’ve really worked hard, or maybe it wasn’t such a great day, or perhaps it was a stressful one, and you found out you’re about to get a treated from Rinpoche to the movies, it is probably the most uplifting news you’ve heard in your day! I know I did.
Everyone enjoys going to the movies, it’s a good time-out with the team. One of the main reasons Rinpoche loves to bring us or encourages out to the movies as a team or department is to get us to know one another or bond. Rinpoche likes to cultivate in every department, this is so that we’re not strangers to each other and just colleagues but more like a big family and from there learn how to “care” for one another.
What’s really cool is that for every movie Tsem Tulku Rinpoche brings us to watch or encourages us to watch, there will always be some kind of Dharma example/message/teaching that we can learn from that particular movie which makes the movie even more exciting! You don’t just come out of the cinema with tired brain, you actually learn something from the movie you watched, and sometimes if Rinpoche is watching it with us, usually Rinpoche would ask us questions on what we liked about the movie or what sticks out for us. These are the little valuable moments or teachings that we get being around Rinpoche. It can be really interesting hearing everyone’s different opinions and what they liked or learnt from the movie. Thank you Rinpoche for always finding creative interesting ways to make us learn, even relaxing and watching a movie can be a lesson.