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Advices posted during the month of February 2018
A student had tattoos of Buddhist deities on his body and asked if was better to leave them, remove them or cover them up with another tattoo. The student also asked for life practice advice.
In this letter written to a student who worked as a nurse, Rinpoche explained the benefits of caring for sick people and the kindness of the mother.
Rinpoche wrote this card to a student who worked at one of the centers in a school which taught some Dharma education.
Advices posted during the month of January 2018
A student was experiencing a lot of obstacles, as well as fear, unhappiness and worry. Rinpoche advised that while our difficulties appear real, they are merely labeled. Rinpoche also offered extensive advice on cherishing others and said that...
Rinpoche sent this advice about the practice of tonglen (taking and giving) to someone who was injured after a fall. The person had not recovered from the injury, and was still very sick and worried.
This advice about the benefits of feng shui was given by Rinpoche to all FPMT center directors. Rinpoche also asked the centers to put up a picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in order to create the causes for him to guide us.
Rinpoche sent this advice to a student who was no longer director of a center.
A student wrote that she was sick and asked Rinpoche what to do. Rinpoche gave this advice about the practice of tong-len, taking and giving.
Rinpoche wrote this card thanking a center director.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a Dharma center which was having a board meeting. In this extensive advice, Rinpoche discussed the importance of the center and the need for compassion, the ultimate good heart.
A student wrote that doing Medicine Buddha practice had helped him a lot. He had become vegetarian, had stopped intoxicants and a relative’s cancer had not spread. It had also helped him deal with many difficulties in his life, including...
A student asked Rinpoche whether to do retreat or offer service.
Rinpoche gave this advice about paying government tax and health insurance as an opportunity to practice charity, thus it becomes a cause for happiness and full enlightenment, for oneself and others.
Rinpoche wanted to share this advice on how to help severe itching.
Advices posted during the month of December 2017
Rinpoche sent this advice about the purpose of working for the center.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a family he had stayed with. Rinpoche advised how to make this precious human life meaningful and suggested a dedication for the worms and insects which are harmed when growing, picking or offering flowers, and for...
A student wrote about a relative who had suddenly started acting strangely. He had tried to pull up floor boards and was hallucinating. Rinpoche checked for a long time and advise the following.
A student wrote about treatment for urethral cancer. Rinpoche read the email and checked, and gave this advice.
A student asked Rinpoche about becoming a monk. Rinpoche gave this advice about the endless suffering of samsara.
A student was experiencing debilitating depression and anxiety and wrote to Rinpoche for advice.
Rinpoche advised a student to do these practices before buying a house.
Advice given to a student who had written to Rinpoche about life obstacles and whether to do nyung näs.
A student wrote to Rinpoche after many gerbils had died unexpectedly. Rinpoche recommended Medicine Buddha and other practices, and advised caring for animals with unconditional love and compassion, not attachment.
Advices posted during the month of November 2017
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student whose husband had left her. Rinpoche typed this letter himself. Lightly edited for readability.
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student who wrote about ordination.