Wednesday, 31 August 2011

31 Aug 2011 - Lama Zopa Rinpoche's steady recovery 4 months after his stroke & practicing Guru Devotion

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche is recovering steadily from a stroke. He is currently recuperating in Kopan Monastery. These are recent short clips showing Rinpoche exercising his right hand and leg.  Seeing Rinpoche trying so hard to get well again so that he can continue giving teachings to his students worldwide, and tireless efforts in running FPMT, really make me feel guilty that I am not practicising Dharma hard enough. May my precious guru have the swiftest recovery and may I see him really really soon.  _/|\_

Lama Zopa Rinpoche using right hand to eat.

Rinpoche trying to write with his right hand.

Rinpoche turning prayer wheel with his right hand.

Rinpoche walking with assistance

Rinpoche circumambulating around Boudha Stupa.

I was given a card by Lama Zopa Rinpoche last year, it was on "Practicing Guru Devotion with the Nine Attitudes".  Whenever I think of Rinpoche or need his advice, I would read the verses to remind myself.

As Shakyamuni Buddha has indicated in both the Lotus Sutra and in the Kyedor Shägyü Dorje’i G’ur (an explanatory work to the Hevajra tantra), success in following either the sutra or the tantra path to enlightenment depends solely upon your guru devotion, as in future times of degeneration, he, Shakyamuni Buddha, would take the form of gurus. Therefore, at such times, gurus should be as respected as Buddhas because they are their living representatives. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche said, "By reciting these words aloud and reflecting on their meaning in your mind, you will have the good fortune to be able to devote yourself correctly to the precious guru from life to life in all your future lifetimes. If you offer service and respect and make offerings to the precious guru with these nine attitudes, even if you do not practice intentionally you will develop many good qualities, collect extensive merit and quickly achieve full enlightenment".

Here are the verses on "Practicing Guru Devotion with the Nine Attitudes".

I am requesting the kind lord root guru,
Who is more extraordinary than all the buddhas:
Please bless me to be able to devote myself to the qualified lord guru
With great respect in all my future lifetimes.

By realizing that correctly devoting myself to the kind lord guru—
Who is the foundation of all good qualities—
Is the root of happiness and goodness,
I shall devote myself to him with great respect,
Not forsaking him even at the cost of my life.

Thinking of the importance of the qualified guru,
May I allow myself to enter under his control.

May I be like an obedient son,
Acting exactly in accordance with the guru’s advice.

Even when maras, evil friends and the like
Try to split me from the guru,
May I be like a vajra, inseparable forever.

When the guru gives me work, whatever the burden,
May I be like the earth, carrying all.

When I devote myself to the guru,
Whatever suffering occurs (hardships or problems),
May I be like a mountain, immovable.
(The mind should not be upset or discouraged.)

Even if I have to perform all the unpleasant tasks,
May I be like a servant of the king,
With a mind undisturbed.

May I abandon pride.
Holding myself lower than the guru,
May I be like a sweeper.

May I be like a rope, joyfully holding the guru’s work,
No matter how difficult or heavy a burden,

Even when the guru criticizes, provokes or ignores me,
May I be like a dog without anger,
Never responding with anger.

May I be like a (ferry) boat,
Never upset at any time to come or go for the guru.

O glorious and precious root guru,
Please bless me to be able to practice in this way.
From now on, in all my future lifetimes,
May I be able to devote myself to the guru in this way.

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