Benefits of Karma Yoga

Benefits of Karma Yoga

Date of Advice:
July 2018
Date Posted:
February 2020

A student wrote that doing karma yoga while also studying at the center required a lot of energy and time. The student asked Rinpoche about ceasing the study program.

My most dear one,
Regarding karma yoga, you have to think that this practice purifies your negative karma collected from beginningless rebirths and is the means to collect extensive merits. [You collect] extensive merits of virtue and extensive merits of transcendental wisdom.

You can do karma yoga while meditating on emptiness. While you are working look at everything as merely labeled by the mind. Look at yourself, action, object, whatever appears as real or truly existent due to ignorance—look at that as an illusion, a hallucination, as it is a hallucination. Look at it like a dream, like a mirage and so forth. In that way you collect the merit of virtue and the merit of transcendental wisdom. From the merit of transcendental wisdom you create the cause of dharmakaya and the merit of virtue becomes the cause of rupakaya.

Also, think that this is the place of His Holiness the Dalai Lama or think [it is] my place, because of our Dharma connection. If you think like that while cleaning the place or whatever you are doing, then it becomes guru yoga practice. Thus, all your karma yoga becomes guru yoga practice, cleaning your mind of all negative karma and obscurations. It also cleans your body, so you can be healthy and not experience heavy sickness or heavy obstacles. In that way it can also help.

Then think that this is a place for sentient beings to practice Dharma in order to achieve enlightenment.

So please think about this.

In regard to future study, you can decide yourself after you finish this module. You can decide whether to continue. It’s good to study, it’s great, but it’s up to you to decide. If you really want to stop you can do that, but study is important.

With much love and prayers ...