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Advices posted during the month of September 2015
A student had come into some money. She gave half the money to a relative and she decided to use the other half to buy a retreat center. Her relative became angry about this. The student asked Rinpoche what practices could be done in order to...
A student asked for advice on what to do after leaving his job. Rinpoche advised the student to do retreat on life practices previously given.
A student had stopped doing Buddhist practices and had become depressed. Rinpoche gave the following advice.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a family that saves retired racehorses from being put down. He also offered a donation for the construction of a stupa that the old horses can circumambulate.
Rinpoche advised why Sangha communities need to participate in so-jong, a twice-monthly formal confession ceremony.
A student was experiencing relationship problems. Rinpoche gave this advice on how to utilize the difficulties in the path to enlightenment.
A student with breast cancer wrote that she had an operation and was going to start the treatment. Rinpoche offered the following advice.
A student wrote to Rinpoche confessing that he had let his practice of guru devotion lapse.
A student confessed that his forefathers had done a heinous act which had become a major cause of suffering for his family. A long time ago, his great-grandfather and friends had killed a monk by forcibly driving him into a river, where he...
After making an investment, a student expected that the money would be returned, but this did not happen. Rinpoche checked and gave the following advice.
Advices posted during the month of August 2015
A student’s son had disappeared in 2012. She asked Rinpoche if he was still alive and if he could be found. Rinpoche offered the following advice.
A student asked Rinpoche for advice about her personal deity for tantric practice [Tib: yi-dam].
A student who had worked and studied at a Dharma center for three years wrote to thank Rinpoche for his kindness and to ask about his practice. The student said he would like to do more personal practice but he felt that laziness was his biggest...
A student wrote that her family was interested in building an animal sanctuary. Her daughter always showed deep compassion for animals, including the tiniest insects. She helped insects out of the walking paths so they were not harmed and picked...
Rinpoche gave this advice about developing happiness.
Rinpoche gave this advice about the practice of bodhicitta with tong-len (taking and giving) for a meaningful, happy and beneficial life. This letter was sent to a student who had written to thank Rinpoche for bringing him so much...
Rinpoche gave this advice on the need for students to now put effort into developing realizations on lam-rim. Here are Rinpoche’s words.
Rinpoche sent this response to students in Spain who had requested his visit.
A student was planning to replicate a Tara statue in Rinpoche’s room at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, using it as a basis for making more statues. Rinpoche sent the following letter.
Advice given to an old student who had serious teeth problems.
Rinpoche dictated this letter to the students of Maitreya School, Root Institute’s free school benefiting local impoverished children in Bodhgaya, India. The letter...
Advices posted during the month of May 2015
Rinpoche offered this advice to a student who had just became a nun.
A 63-year-old student wrote to Rinpoche requesting ordination. She said she wished to renounce her samsaric mind and join the Sangha community for good. She could offer service in health care, cooking, translation, transcribing, office work and...
A student wrote to Rinpoche about her 13-year-old niece, who was receiving psychiatric treatment in hospital. She had attempted suicide several times and was diagnosed with depression, PTSD and chronic suicidal thoughts. She had also been cutting...
A student was struggling with his business. For the last eight months every deal had fallen through and he had made zero income.