Saturday, 23 July 2011

Card from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This is a greeting card written by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche to us the students in Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore.

Rinpoche obviously used his right hand (which he is still recovering from a stroke on his right side of his body) to write this message. He wrote,

"My dear devoted students, 
How are you? 
Please study Dharma, 
enjoy the Life with Bodhicitta. 
Thank you very much. 
Zopa, 13/7/2011."

Usually besides writing on a greeting card, Rinpoche would draw some beautiful pictures or designs or mantras as well. Let's hope Rinpoche get back his strength and normal function on the right side of his body soon.

Recently I read an article from Mandala Publications. It was what Lama Zopa said at the funeral of Lama Yeshe in 1984.

"This year, not only our incomparably kind guru, Lama Yeshe, but also His Holiness Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche have passed away. And other lamas not common to us, other high lamas have passed away as well, this year in India.....

The main thing is: we sentient beings who receive guidance from these high lamas, these holy beings, we simply don’t have enough merit. You see, the base, the vessel, is too small. Even if there is one very large pot of nectar, all of it cannot fit into that small vessel. I think that is the main problem. These high lamas, His Holiness and all these high lamas, including Lama Yeshe, they do not fit us, they do not fit. Because of our small merit, they just do not fit. They are like a huge burden that we cannot carry.

We need to have incredible merit for all these holy beings guiding us to have a long life. But there is a shortage of merit – even if there is no Dharma contact and we do not have guru-disciple relationship. And to those with who we have had Dharma contact we have done many things to cause a shortage of their lives, for them to not stay in that aspect to guide us. We have caused it.

I heard that if you make a mistake with one guru, that pollution will cause you to make mistakes with other gurus, even though in the first place the mistake was only with one.

.....since our mind is not oneness with anger, not oneness with ignorance, not oneness with attachment as everybody knows, since they are not mixed with our mind, since it is possible to separate them from our mind, then I think we should attempt to subdue the mind and develop a good heart. And in that way harmony will come."

This video clip shows Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo Australia blessing the location of the Universal Great Stupa before construction, consecrating the huge statue of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).  Rinpoche was also blessing ants, blessing the fishes in the pond with numerous mantras......

I have a secret wish and I hope it will be realized soon. May my precious root guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche live long.

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