My most dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling one,
I am very happy to hear that after you had the operation you completely changed. I heard this a few years ago. You totally changed from cherishing the I to cherishing others, bringing happiness to everyone who comes to your house. That is very, very good. You need to do real practice like that.
So thinking to do Vajrayogini retreat is most worthwhile; how many times you do Vajrayogini retreat, again and again, that is very good. We must make preparation to go to the pure land, Tharpa Khachö, so doing retreat makes it more and more easy to go to the pure land. It is much easier to go there, the more we do retreat.
I am the most lazy person, but I did seven Vajrayogini retreats. The last time was in New Zealand and a monk there helped with my fire puja. It went well. That was after Lama Yeshe acted passing away. The people were doing Vajrasattva retreat and I was doing Vajrayogini retreat upstairs. Down in the gompa, when rain came, the goats and sheep went downstairs into the gompa and the people gathered upstairs for the Vajrasattva retreat. It was quite interesting in the afternoon, very interesting scenery. I think they did six months or one year retreat.
I just had a long-life puja. Yangsi Rinpoche and Dagri Rinpoche were at the puja. Dagri Rinpoche was Lama Yeshe’s past life guru. He is one of the lamas giving teachings and initiations in FPMT. Also, Yangsi Rinpoche was Lama Yeshe’s past life guru and has started a Buddhist college in Portland. So, he is helping me and Dagri Rinpoche is helping me. Also Geshe Dakpa was at the puja. He is an expert in astrology and other aspects of Tibetan culture. So they were at the puja.
I am very happy with you. Thank you very much.
With much love and prayers...
P.S. I am very happy you are reading the Golden Light Sutra. It becomes healing, even for the city where you are reading the sutra. It heals all the sick people and brings great benefit to the country and to the leader of the country and it brings so much benefit and peace in the world. Besides this, as you read, it is great, great purification for yourself.