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Working for the Dharma : Service and Support of the Dharma

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at various locations (Last Updated Nov 21, 2013)

Rinpoche's Thank-you Cards, Letters and Gifts

Thanks for Volunteering
A thank-you letter from Rinpoche, offered and read out to all the volunteers at the 2014 Light of Path retreat held in North Carolina, USA.

My very dear, very precious, very kind wish-fulfilling ones,
Also to all the organizers of the Light of the Path retreat. Thank you sooooooooooooo much for your really beautiful, amazing, joyful dedication, really beautifully done, all your service, well done!

Taking care of sentient beings from the heart, so this is the really most meaningful life. Cherishing sentient beings and serving them, as well as serving the teachings of the Buddha to educate sentient beings to practice and actualize the path, in order to free them from the oceans of samsaric sufferings, not only that, but to achieve the peerless happiness, the state of omniscient mind.

Numberless bodhisattvas abandon cherishing the I and totally change that into cherishing others and serving numberless sentient beings, like the numberless hell beings, numberless hungry ghosts, numberless animals, numberless human beings, numberless suras, numberless asuras and numberless intermediate state beings.

Numberless buddhas only cherish the sentient beings, including yourself, and numberless bodhisattvas only cherish the sentient beings, including yourself.

Numberless bodhisattvas collected extensive merits and practiced the path to enlightenment for all sentient beings and for you. Numberless buddhas became enlightened for all sentient beings and also for you—such as Shakyamuni Buddha, who taught the 84,000 teachings for all sentient beings and for you, and Lama Atisha and Lama Tsongkhapa and so forth, who taught the essence of the Buddhadharma, the lam-rim, for all sentient beings and also for you.

Therefore what you are doing is most pleasing to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, by cherishing sentient beings and taking care of them and serving them. Wow, wow, wow. This is also fulfilling the holy wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is actually Chenrezig. So you are serving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and of course me, little mouse, you are fulfilling my wishes as well.

So here I would like to express two quotations. The great enlightened being, Tibetan Lama Sakya Pandita, said with his great experience:

The merit you collect by making charity of your limbs for a thousand eons, giving away your head, legs and so forth and even dedicating that merit to sentient beings, can all be collected in one second by the Guru path.

So therefore it is really, really, really amazing, so meaningful what you are doing. Also Sakya Pandita mentioned in the text Drop of Mahamudra:

As fire burns wood and turns it into ashes in one second, like that if the glorified Guru is pleased, in one second the negative karmas are burned.

Just as matches are used to light a candle and make the candle flame, also a tiny flame can burn a few stories of hay so quickly or a whole mountain can be burned just from a tiny flame. In the same way, so much heavy negative karma that has been collected from thousand, millions, billions and trillions of past lives can be purified in one second, just by pleasing the Guru.

Wow, wow, wow. It’s the most powerful purification. So much heavy negative karma that one has collected in past lives gets purified in one second by pleasing the Guru.

Thank you very much. I hope to see you again soon.

With much love and prayers...


Thanks for Service and Advice about Pure Land
Rinpoche sent this letter to an old student who had served as a director of many centers.

My most dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling Amanda,
First I would like to thank you from the depths of my heart, from the time you came to the sixth meditation course, then working on the book and for so many years offering service at the center, and for your dedication to Lama Yeshe and to the little one, me, and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many sentient beings. 

For so many years you made the center so welcoming and so worthwhile to sentient beings. It is becoming more and more beneficial to the sentient beings, even though there are only a few staff members. Then at __ center, for many years you made the center so welcoming, so good and so beneficial for so many people. Then at __ center, I haven’t been there for a long time, but today I was speaking to one student from there and she said it is so welcoming and so nice for people, with a coffee shop and a garden, so I really should go and visit.

Also many times a day you are praying for my heath, so thank you very much. My sickness is not so heavy, but it was a right side stroke. For a man it’s more difficult to recover when it’s on the right side, but for women a stroke on the left side is worse. It is some warning that I must be careful; it’s telling me that I must practice Dharma.

The Vajrayogini thangka I sent you should be very helpful when your life ends, to guide you to Vajrayogini’s pure land. You shouldn’t think it’s just a thangka, think you’re looking at the real Vajrayogini and make strong requests. Vajrayogini sends a hook to your crown and snatches out your consciousness. It is hooked by Vajrayogini who takes it straight back into the heart.

In Vajrayogini's pure land all the dakas and dakinis are playing gyaling music to welcome you, as you become oneness with Vajrayogini’s heart, nondual bliss and void—the mandala is nondual bliss and void. You will go to the pure land of Vajrayogini. You will fly, you will shoot up to Vajrayogini’s pure land, then you will be born in a lotus so you can listen to teachings from Vajrayogini.

I just came from the 100 Million Mani Retreat held recently in Mongolia. Many Mongolians attended and they recited 108 million OM MANI PADME HUM mantras, so they did eight million extra mantras. We want to have the 100 Million Mani Retreat as an annual event in Mongolia. About 60 Westerners attended, mostly nuns and one monk. A benefactor sponsored the Sangha to attend the retreat.

Now I am in the USA for two months or less, then I will go to Kopan for the November course, then the Most Secret Hayagriva lungs in South India, then I will attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings. I hope you enjoy my symbolic presents to thank you.

With much love and prayers...


Welcome to Enlightenment
A student wrote asking for preliminary practices after helping at the center for a long time. Rinpoche sent this message with the practices.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling Debra,
Most welcome to enlightenment and most welcome to freeing numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bringing them to full enlightenment. Thank you very much for all your service and dedication to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Yeshe, myself, and to FPMT, to the teachings of Buddha, to all sentient beings, to every sentient being, to every ant in all the universes, to every single fish in the Pacific Ocean—even the very tiniest that you can't see with your eye, but only with a machine, and the biggest the size of a mountain —even to every mosquito, every worm, every chicken, every goat, cat, dog, and every small fly that flies away when you walk on the grass; so like this for every sentient being. Thank you very much, most welcome.

With much love and prayers...


Thanks for Long Life Practices
Rinpoche sent thanks to everyone who had been doing practices for his health and long life.

My very, very dear friends,
From my heart I would like to express billions, zillions, trillions of thanks. I highly appreciate you doing practices for me. This is also puja for yourself. Even if you don’t think that, it naturally happens like that, as it is very powerful karma.

I highly appreciate all of you being good human beings practicing the Dharma—not only wanting to achieve temporary happiness in the future, but also wanting to be free from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to free all sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and for them to achieve the highest peerless happiness, enlightenment, the omniscient mind. This is so important, the utmost need—generally to live your life for others, to bring happiness to others.

Again, my deep appreciation to all of you.

With much love and prayer...


Thanks for Tara Mantras
A student offered 60,000 White Tara mantras to Rinpoche for his long life and good health. This was in addition to 40,000 mantras she had offered previously. She also thanked Rinpoche for manifesting in her life and teaching Dharma.

My most dear, most kind, precious Lara,
Billions of thanks for your kind letter and thank you for making your life meaningful. This precious life, especially the perfect human rebirth, is received just about one time. Thank you for all the thousands of Tara mantras.

With much love and prayer...


Thanks for Mitukpa Mantras
A card sent to students who had recited 700,000 Mitukpa mantras.

My most dear students,
Whose heart is filled with peace, great joy and bliss, by having generated loving kindness and devotion. A billion, zillion, million thanks for having recited the Mitukpa mantra more than 700,000 times. It is unbelievable.

Now maybe recite some Tara Praises for the success of wishes, so that all the projects— especially the project of Maitreya Buddha—and the organization, can liberate all sentient beings as quickly as possible from the ocean of suffering of samsara and enlighten them quickly.

With prayer and big love...


Thanks for Stupas
Rinpoche sent a fax to thank a center that makes stupas every Saka Dawa on his behalf. [This is arranged through FPMT Puja Fund.]

Thank you very much for everything you do for yourselves and for sentient beings; for the teachings of the Buddha and for me.

My very dear bodhisattva director, and all the bodhisattva members of the center, the spiritual director, secretary, bookkeeper, cooks, cleaners, and of course, the wonderful, very inspiring Sangha, and especially, more especially, Geshe-la, who is inspiring and bringing you to enlightenment,

This is also to take the opportunity to express billions of thanks for making all the stupas on that special day of the Buddha. HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HO!

Repaying you can never be finished—even for reciting each mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, leaving aside all the big numbers.


Inseparable from You
A letter from Rinpoche to a student.

My very dear Brian,
Please don’t forget this letter or design. Thank you very much for your good heart and true devotion, and for any service you did or are doing now and in the future. You should know I am inseparable from you.

With big love and prayer...


Thanks for Practices
A center advised they had a sutra-thon for the New Year, where students recited the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Cutter Sutra and various other sutras. They dedicated for a multitude of things, especially the health and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

My very dear Eddie,
Thank you ten times for so kindly offering this. It is a pity I am so useless, but I do try to benefit some ants and did this in the Washington retreat place during the snow time. Also, I try to help the cockroaches. Maybe next life those creatures will come back with rucksacks to a Kopan course. Also maybe they will go to Lawudo, and then eventually get enlightened. He he he, ha ha ha, ho ho ho!

Anyway I really appreciate all your efforts!

With love and prayers...


New Stupa
Rinpoche sent this message after seeing the progress of a stupa being built at Kadampa Center, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Dear great Kadampa stupa builders,
I am very happy to see how you are building the stupa, the effort and care is great. You really are doing a very good job and so beneficial, so so so beneficial! Unbelievable, unbelievable! WOW, SO AMAZING!



A Burst Appendix
Rinpoche sent this card to a student who nearly had a burst appendix. The student works for the Maitreya Project.

My very, very dear Toby,
What happened to you is like overcoming just one tiny little atom of the shortcomings of samsara, for the time being.

However, what a miracle, what incredible joy—although the lower realms could have come, you still have a human body. Because of this human body you can create the cause to achieve happiness in all future lives and, even more important than that, you can attain liberation from all suffering. Finally, most importantly, you can create the cause for future happiness for numberless sentient beings and liberate them from the ocean of suffering. You can bring them to full enlightenment.

Why can you do this? Because you have achieved a precious human rebirth, which is so rare, and you have met the Mahayana teachings, which is most rare, and because you have met the perfectly qualified Mahayana virtuous friends, which is most extremely rare. That is why you can do all this.

You can be so excited about that and enjoy it day and night. You can enjoy it a billion, trillion, zillion times and rejoice in all the service you have offered since you appeared at the second Kopan course as a nice teenager, sitting in the middle of the room, from what I remember, on a cheap, rolled-up sleeping bag.

With much love and prayers, and a billion, zillion thanks to you.

PS: Hopefully we will see the Maitreya statue before we take off from this life. HA HA.


A Card for Rinpoche’s Sister
Rinpoche sent this card with a box of gifts to his sister, who lives at Lawudo Gompa, Nepal. The gifts included socks, a warm zen and photos of Buddha, Chenrezig and the Thirty-five Buddhas. Rinpoche commented that this was the first letter/card he had sent to his sister. Previously he had sent her a small post-it note, the size of his finger, with ‘take care’ written on it.

My dear sister,
I hope you are well. It’s so nice to have family members and Lawudo family members living a long time. It’s so nice; nice for me and nice for the world. I know you work very hard as usual, so please take care of your health. Do a lot of recitations of the Thirty-five Buddhas. Recite their names as much as possible and also the last part of the prayer at the end; the confession. Sometimes if you can also prostrate, that would be unbelievably powerful to purify negative karma, also so your death is not suffering, and you can have a good rebirth and liberation from samsara, then most importantly, achieve full enlightenment.

But remember that we all have to die soon – our life is in the nature of impermanence and death.

I hope to see you soon.

If you can read the Diamond Cutter Sutra, that would be very good, but if you are not able to finish it in one day, continue the next day and just continue reciting like this. At the end, whenever you finish the practices, dedicate all the merit collected by numberless sentient beings and buddhas.

Think, “May bodhicitta be developed in my heart and all my family members’ hearts, as well as in the hearts of all the students, benefactors and leaders of the world, all the people who follow different religions and all the rest of sentient beings. Whatever bodhicitta has already been developed, may it not decrease but increase forever more.

“Due to all the three times merits collected by myself, numberless sentient beings, buddhas and bodhisattvas who exist, but who are empty from their own side, may the I, which exists but is empty from its own side, achieve complete Buddha’s enlightenment, which exists, but is empty from its own side, and lead all the sentient beings, who exist but who do not exist from their own side—who are empty. May I actualize this by myself alone, who exists, but is empty from my own side.

“Due to all the three time merits collected by myself, all sentient beings, buddhas and bodhisattvas, by having generated bodhicitta in my heart every day, may everyone in the world live their life only to benefit everyone and may no-one harm others. Whatever they do with their body speech and mind, may it only cause enlightenment and happiness to all sentient beings, and may no-one experience war, famine, disease, torture, sickness, dangers of earth, water, tsunami, wind, and the dangers of weather.”

With much love and prayers...


Get Well
Rinpoche sent the following card and a bunch of flowers to a student who had been Lama Yeshe’s nurse and was now in hospital having an operation.

My very dear Annette,
Wow!! What an enlightening experience you are having. As you are a great loving mother, I am sure there will be no problems and everything will be taken care of, because you have created the cause by taking care of so many other people.

You are in my prayers, always...


Card with Gifts
Rinpoche sent the following card, with some gifts, to a student.

My most dear Terry,
How are you? I was very happy we met in Seattle. These last few days the thought of you has been arising very strongly, so I am sending this card to you. I hope you enjoy it. These stones are for your mandala. This ring is for your finger. You can make an offering of it to yourself as the deity Tara, or Vajrayogini, or another deity, but especially yourself as the guru.

With big love and prayer... 


Kind Heart
Rinpoche sent the following small handwritten card to a student.

My dearest Jackie,
How are you? I was very happy to see you there. I’m happy every time I see you. Thank you very much your kind heart brilliance. Please liberate all suffering sentient beings.

With big love and prayer... 


Rinpoche sent the following card to a student, with a gift.

My most dear Lorraine,
Please enjoy this pearl earring. You can decorate yourself as Tara.

Please enjoy this koala bear. This represents me, I to you. Sometimes you can talk to him like you are talking to me.

Please continue with a warm heart, love and compassion for everybody, even for the mosquito bugs, OK? Have faith in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, no matter how difficult life is, especially when you experience death.


Thanking Students
Rinpoche sent the following letter to nuns and students at a Dharma center, thanking them for their practice.

My very dear nuns and students,
First, I want to say many billions and zillions of thanks for putting so much effort into counting the mani mantras this year, and trying to fulfill my advice. Thank you very much for that. I dedicate the merits to all those who did the recitations. Again, I want to say thank you very much.

In Buddha’s teachings it mentions there are so many amazing benefits of developing compassion. It is so important, and the benefits are unbelievable. Without developing compassion for others, there is no enlightenment; this means for yourself, but also for the numberless sentient beings of each of the six realms.

You can see how important it is to develop compassion. For that you need to receive blessings from the special deity Chenrezig. Therefore, you need to do meditation on and recitation of Chenrezig, just having knowledge alone is not enough.

With much love and prayers...


Thanks for Book
Rinpoche received a book from a student, who had written the book, and sent her this card.

My very dear Mary,
Thank you very much for your kind letter and book. It looks like you have produced a wonderful book. I will pray that it is able to benefit many sentient beings.

I hope you are well. I remember for many years you were director of the institute, after the others started the center, after they came to the fourth Kopan course in Nepal.

The most important thing in this life is Dharma. What makes one’s life most meaningful is to do everything with bodhicitta. Please meditate on the lam-rim and live your life with a bodhicitta motivation. When you live life with a bodhicitta motivation, then everything you do will benefit others. That makes your life the best and most meaningful. Also, you will have no regrets now and in the future, you will have happiness and peace now and in the future, and liberation and enlightenment.

With much love and prayers...

Drawing of Maitreya Buddha
A student who had helped with a tour of Buddhist relics sent Rinpoche a drawing a child had done during the tour, of Maitreya Buddha. Rinpoche sent the following reply.

My very dear Charlotte,
Thank you very much for your kind letter and photos.

Thank you very much for your great help with the relic tour, helping so many sentient beings to purify negative karma, to collect merit, and plant the seed of enlightenment. It is great service and also helps the Maitreya Project.

Please make your life most meaningful with the thought of bodhicitta.

With much love and prayers...


Rinpoche sent the following card to a student, with a shawl.

 My most dear dearest,
Thank you so much a billion times for living in this world, for kindly taking birth in this world, I don’t know where exactly, and becoming a Buddhist looking for enlightenment. A zillions thanks for that.

Trillions of thanks for helping Mickey Mouse me and helping others, and helping the teachings of the Buddha. You are an unbelievable one, benefiting more sentient beings through the teaching of the Buddha.

Please continue as extensively as possible to enlighten the world and all sentient beings. Please enjoy this shawl. I hope it has all the best feng shui.

With big love...