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Advices posted during the month of May 2016
Rinpoche advises a student that by relying on Buddha Dharma and Sangha, she can achieve the fully awakened mind, sang-gyä. Rinpoche also discusses the qualities of Lama Lhundrup. Although many great Tibetan lamas have now passed away,...
Advice from Rinpoche, given when many sick nuns were showing signs of spirit harm.
Advices posted during the month of April 2016
A student wrote that she was pregnant. Rinpoche sent her this letter.
A student asked for guidance on what retreat to do. Rinpoche offered this advice on how to plan the daily sessions.
A student wrote offering a three-month Vajrasattva retreat, which he said had a tremendous effect on his life. The retreat was completed at Kopan Monastery and the student had also gone on pilgrimage to many holy places in Nepal.
A student asked for life practices. Also, he wanted to become a translator, but his parents didn’t want him to go.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a student he had met at the airport.
Rinpoche advised these practices for people who are unable to sleep.
A student close to passing away wrote to Lama Zopa Rinpoche saying she didn’t get to finish her preliminary practices and was not clear what to think and practice.
An old student had life obstacles. Rinpoche advised him to read the Diamond Cutter Sutra and do prostrations every day.
A student’s mother was very close to passing away, and was in a lot of pain.
After manifesting a stroke in April 2011, Rinpoche dictated this letter while still in hospital to a student who had written to him. The student was concerned about Rinpoche’s condition and sent wishes for him to get better.
A student had lost all his money in the stock market, and he had became dependent on someone else for financial help. He was very, very worried about his financial situation and he asked Rinpoche if there was anything he could do to improve his...
A student wrote that she was a feminist who strongly believed in democracy and women's power. Rinpoche said the best leader is the Buddha, or a bodhisattva who "cherishes everybody and is able to guide with wisdom and compassion, not with...
Advices posted during the month of March 2016
Rinpoche gave a photo of Chenrezig [Skt: Avalokiteshvara] to a waitress he met at a restaurant in Darjeeling, India. Later, he sent her this advice, which includes an explanation of the visualization, the numberless benefits of reciting OM MANI...
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student about how to make life most beneficial for others, now and in the future.
Rinpoche wrote to ask some students to send sunflower seeds to a home for the elderly at the Tibetan settlement in Hunsur, South India. He advised that the red flowers growing in the garden there were inauspicious.
A student suffered from severe back pain. He was unable to sit down or do much daily work, and felt pain even when getting dressed. Many tests had been completed, but doctors could not ascertain why it is so painful.
Rinpoche sent this email with advice about impermanence to a long-time student.
A new student asked which text to study in the coming year. Rinpoche recommended Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand as the main lam-rim text, along with daily meditation.
Rinpoche sent this letter, along with a thangka and Long-life Sutra, to an elder student.
Rinpoche wrote this letter to thank the staff of the Maitreya Relic Tour. The collection of sacred relics had toured worldwide and been viewed by more than two million people prior...
A student had severe work obstacles. Rinpoche sent his greetings with prayers, and advised the following practices.
A student expressed his heartfelt devotion in a letter advising Rinpoche of his impending death. Rinpoche offered the following advice on how to think at this time.
A student sought help for his teenage daughter who was violent and seemed possessed.