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By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at various locations (Last Updated Sep 3, 2008)

Various Sutras

The Virtuous Friend
This quote from the Stainless Sky Sutra was translated by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, February 19, 2014. Scribe: Ven Sarah Thresher.

“Ananda, the tathagatas do not appear to the sentient beings but the virtuous friend completely appears and reveals the Dharma and plants the seed of liberation; because of that, cherish the virtuous friend as more special than the tathagatas.”


Benefits of the Sutras
Rinpoche sent the following advice to a student, with three sutras (the Sutra of Golden Light, the Sanghata Sutra, and the Diamond Cutter Sutra).

Dear Sue,
Reading these holy texts is the happiest life for you; all your wishes will be fulfilled, including enlightenment. Also, sometimes please read the Heart Sutra. You can also print copies of the longlife sutra that I have just finished translating. Before printing it, read it mindfully. From time to time, you can also print the Arya Sanghata Sutra and the Diamond Cutter Sutra.

Please do this especially when you have financial difficulties with projects.

If you read the Golden Light Sutra, it becomes healing for all the sick people in the city where you are living. It stops violence, brings peace and happiness to the country, brings protection from others to the country, from harm, war, terrorist attacks, and so forth. It gives power to the leader of the country. It also directs your life towards enlightenment.


I also suggest that you write out the Diamond Cutter Sutra, the Arya Sanghata Sutra, or the Sutra of Golden Light, or one after another. This creates unbelievable merit.

With much love and prayers...


Reading Sutras
Rinpoche sent the following letter to a student. He had previously sent her three sutras (the Sutra of Golden Light, the Sanghata Sutra, and Vajra Cutter Sutra). After reading the Sanghata Sutra, she wrote to Rinpoche with a question: “Where is the sutra in the sutra? Which part is the sutra?”

My dearest Rachel,
I am very happy that you are very happy and that the card I sent you brought you so much happiness. Now all the companies that make the cards are so meaningful, because they are making some sentient being in the corner of the world happy.

I am very happy to hear that you immediately rushed to read the sutras. That made me so extremely happy. That means you are truly a very devoted student, maybe not quite truly existent. Please keep reading the sutras, even one line or one page a day. It has so much meaning.

Your friend mentioned you called and had questions about the sutras. (Sorry, this was some time ago. Sorry for the long delay in replying). I went through this as well, just like what you said, quite a few times, thinking that there was something else. But, actually, when the Buddha is talking in the sutras, that is the sutra.

Reading the sutras will help you so much. It is the easiest way to direct your life toward enlightenment and toward enlightening all sentient beings, so it has so much benefit, even benefit for your nose.

Take good care, with bodhicitta, as I am sure you will. Take care with emptiness.

With much love and prayers, and I hope to see you soon.

Lama Zopa

PS. One time I tried to call you, but the telephone had a lady speaking saying you were not there. I think I tried to call six times to leave a message. I don’t know if it worked, as I was dialing myself, so I’m not sure what was happening. Maybe you were in samadhi or off in another world to liberate others.

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