My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you very much for your kind letter. I am very sorry it took so long to reply. Regarding your request, I'm not qualified to be guru, but we can try. I accept, you try and I try.
Please study and read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, also read Essence of Refined Gold. First read through Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand three times, from beginning to end.
If you are close to a center it is very good if you can study there and take teachings, and if you have questions after studying the lam-rim you can ask the teacher there.
You are most welcome to enlightenment and most welcome to free numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment. Thank you very much for your wish to do practice.
Please do every practice for all sentient beings—for every ant in all the universes; for every single fish in the Pacific Ocean; for even the very tiniest insect that you can't see with your eye, but only with a machine and for the biggest the size of a mountain; even for every mosquito, every worm, every chicken, every goat, cat and dog; and for every small fly that when you walk on the grass, those who fly away. Like this, do it for every sentient being. Thank you very much, most welcome.
Please find attached my advice for your life practice and additional material to support it. Please continue to make your life most meaningful with the thought of bodhicitta day and night and in every action you do.
With much love and prayers...
- Prostrations by reciting the Thirty-Five Buddhas’ names: 300,000
- Four immeasurable thoughts: 20,000
- Deities: Lama Tsongkhapa and Mitukpa
- Number of tsa-tsas: 20,000, divided between the two deities.
FOR EFFORTFUL LAM-RIM EXPERIENCE
- Guru devotion: five months.
Practice correct devotion to the virtuous friend with thought and action by following the outline. Once you know the commentary and basic explanation, then use Essential Nectar or the outline from Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand as a guide book. For one week focus mainly on the advantages, then for one week focus on the disadvantages, then follow the basic outline. Go through the time in this way.The main thing is to spend time meditating that the guru is a buddha. Vajradhara said the guru is a buddha, the guru is the doer of all the Buddha’s actions, even nowadays. The guru does the work of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, even nowadays. This is something definite, in one’s own view. Then meditate on the rest of the topics in guru devotion, so maybe spend two weeks on that one (the guru is a buddha) then go back again through the outline and in this way train the mind.
- The graduated path of the lower capable being: two months, from precious human rebirth up to karma. When you finish, go back again during those two months.
- The graduated path of the intermediate capable being: two months
- The graduated path of the highest capable being:
- Bodhicitta: three months
- Emptiness: one month
Repeat this cycle four times doing it from the start, guru devotion. Then afterwards do effortless meditation.
Your main deity
This is to free all the numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and for them to achieve enlightenment in the quickest way. For that you need to achieve enlightenment quickly, so you need to practice Highest Yoga Tantra. The deity for you is Vajrakila. If you can, take this initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama or His Holiness Sakya Trizen when they give it in the world, wherever, if you can go. But there is no rush, first start with lam-rim and the other practices.