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Advices posted during the month of September 2017
A student wrote to Rinpoche about a mental illness, which included paranoia and hearing voices. Rinpoche advised these practices.
This method for improving harmony in the family was an oral instruction from Rinpoche, who translated the text at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 2007. Scribe Jean Luc Castanga. Lightly edited by Sandra Smith.
Advices posted during the month of August 2017
Rinpoche offered this advice and encouragement to a student who had received extensive private teachings on lam-rim and calm abiding [Tib: shi-nä].
This card was written to thank an old student for their service at the center.
This handwritten note was given to a student who was experiencing many obstacles and difficulties.
A student had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. One breast and various lymph nodes had been removed, and she was slowly recovering from the operation. However, the cancer was a very aggressive type and her doctor said it could return at...
A student wrote to thank Rinpoche for his advice and for a mantra for spirit harm that she had found beneficial. The student’s letter and Rinpoche’s response are below.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a center in Brazil that had hosted the Maitreya Relic Tour.
Rinpoche explained the importance of purification and advised nyung nä and lam-rim as the main practices for a new student.
Rinpoche gave the following practices and advice for protection from fires. This advice is also for tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and any dangers from water, air, earth and fire. The advice is also available for...
A student had low self-esteem and was experiencing many obstacles. Rinpoche gave this advice to the student, who had also requested life practices.
Rinpoche typed this letter himself when he heard that thirty young people were taking eight Mahayana precepts at a center on Chokhor Duchen, one of the four great holy days when merit is multiplied. Lightly edited by Ven. Holly Ansett and Sandra...
Rinpoche offered this advice following the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Transcribed by Ven. Holly Ansett on November 14, 2016, and edited by Nicolas Ribush.
Advices posted during the month of July 2017
A student had tried to commit suicide several times and was very depressed. She said that she was mistreated as a child by her father and her only real friends were animals. Rinpoche responded with advice about his own family, karma and...
In this letter, Rinpoche advised the benefits of two important daily practices: recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM and the Medicine Buddha’s mantra and names. Rinpoche said this is general advice for everyone.
A student asked Rinpoche for advice about preliminaries and daily practices for life.
A new student was given this life practice advice by Rinpoche.
In this practice advice for a new student, Rinpoche explained how to become free from the suffering of samsara.
A student was having severe nightmares as though someone was pushing down on him. The student’s mother, who lived in the same house, was also having that experience.
Rinpoche offered this advice to a student who had a lung nodule, a small mass of tissue in the lung.
A student had spirit harm, which manifested as hearing voices and other auditory hallucinations.
A student wrote that she had stopped her commitment after taking an initiation but was going to do the retreat. She asked if she should take initiation again before the retreat. She was also finding it hard to complete a tsa-tsa ...
This advice was given in response to requests from students on how best to prolong the life of the guru and how to avoid obstacles that can cause sickness and shorten the guru’s life. The advice was framed and mounted on the wall at Tushita...
Advices posted during the month of June 2017
A center was fundraising for a new place. Rinpoche advised the following pujas and prayers for success.
Advice given to student who was about to undergo surgery and would be having full anesthesia.