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Advices posted during the month of December 2018
Rinpoche advised a student how to best help people in hospital who were ill and approaching death, by reciting prayers and dedicating other daily practices to them.
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student who does healing work.
Rinpoche wrote this letter to a student with advice on how to care for a cat that was twenty-one years old and very sick. Rinpoche suggested various mantras and also advised circumambulation of holy objects with the cat.
Advices posted during the month of November 2018
A student wrote that their child had recently passed away before birth (in the womb). The student was able to communicate with a being and thought it was the child. The communication was like a teaching—always helpful, compassionate and wise, and...
A group of sixteen retreatants had completed 100,000 water bowl offerings together and offered their practice to Rinpoche. They asked if they could do other preliminary practices in the same way, doing the practices as group and counting what...
A student wrote that she had advanced breast cancer. Rinpoche offered this advice.
In this card sent to a student, Rinpoche writes about compassion and bodhicitta.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a benefactor who had made offerings to a center and to the Sera Je Food Fund. [This fund offered three nutritious meals daily to all the monks at Sera Je Monastery, India, for over twenty-six years. See also the...
Rinpoche handwrote this card and sent it to a student. [Lightly edited by Sandra Smith.]
In this letter, Rinpoche advised a student to do two thousand nyung näs. Rinpoche also wrote about the power of nyung näs and the importance of generating the correct motivation for the practice.
Advices posted during the month of September 2018
Rinpoche gave this advice about the benefits of the Amoghapasha mantra to a new student whose husband had recently passed away.
A student wrote that some other lamas had said there were life obstacles. The student asked Rinpoche for practice advice.
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student who had a bad fall.
A Dharma center had a lot of expenses when Rinpoche visited. After leaving the center, Rinpoche sent this card to the directors with advice about guru devotion.
This advice about parenting was given to a student who asked Rinpoche about having a child. The student had been very ill but was attending a retreat, which had been difficult in the past.
A student asked Rinpoche for advice on how to help his grandmother who was very sick. Rinpoche recommended Medicine Buddha practice in order to benefit his grandmother and all sentient beings.
A student asked what could be done to purify his dog’s negative karma. Rinpoche gave this advice on practices which would leave a positive imprint on the dog’s mind and plant the seed of enlightenment.
This advice was handwritten by Rinpoche and sent to a young child.
Advices posted during the month of August 2018
A student wrote asking if they could practice the Six Yogas of Naropa. Instead, they got life practices.
A student with leukemia asked Rinpoche for advice.
Rinpoche gave this advice for a business that was doing poorly.
In this letter to a new student, Rinpoche advised how to practice effortful meditation according to the three scopes or levels of practice.
A student with life obstacles wrote to Rinpoche, who advised recitation of the Prajnaparamita to remove the obstacles.
Rinpoche asked for these comments to be passed on to a student who was working on a translation with him at the time.
This extensive advice was given to a student who wrote to Rinpoche about a range of personal problems. The student had health issues including severe depression and high blood pressure. He was also experiencing financial hardship and many other...