The Best Life for Yourself and Others

The Best Life for Yourself and Others

Date of Advice:
September 2013
Date Posted:
October 2021

In this letter, Rinpoche recommended several preliminary practices and explained how to benefit others by reciting Chenrezig’s mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM and meditating on the lamrim, the graduated path to enlightenment.

Refuge: 1,000

Prostrations by reciting the Thirty-Five Buddhas: 60,000

Vajrasattva: 100,000

Nyung nä retreat: five

OM MANI PADME HUM recitations: 600,000, or you can do one million. One million is great—wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, unbelievable, unbelievable. Then Chenrezig guides you all the time, not talking just about this life, but also at the death time Chenrezig will guide you in all the lifetimes, in the pure land and then you will become Chenrezig.

I am trying to put together several different Chenrezig prayers in a booklet, so that each day you can use a different prayer, then recite OM MANI PADME HUM and the long mantra from the nyung nä text. So that is how to recite, how to practice Chenrezig.

If you have a prayer wheel, it is good to have this, then with one hand you can use your mala and count mantras and with your right hand you can use the prayer wheel. This is what I try to do; it’s very, very good. The prayer wheel has unbelievable, unbelievable benefits, skies of benefits. One benefit is that if the prayer wheel has one billion mantras inside (on microfiche) then turning it around one time, one circle, you get the benefit of having recited one billion mantras. That’s similar to having done years of retreat, so it is unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, so fortunate.

This is how to make your life most beneficial for sentient beings, in order to free every sentient being from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to peerless happiness, full enlightenment. Every ant you see, you can recite OM MANI PADME HUM for them. Every single dog, every single rat, every spider; earthworms that people are giving to the fish; every deer that is hunted, every cow, every goat, every sheep that is killed in the world; the millions and millions of animals that are killed by all the people every day, as well as every mosquito, every bee and so forth; every fish that is being eaten by human beings or by other fish; every fisherman, every butcher; so like that, every sentient being. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! It’s unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, that you are benefiting sentient beings. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! You are reciting every single OM MANI PADME HUM for all the sentient beings, for them to be free from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to achieve enlightenment. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. That is the best life, the most happy life, the best life for yourself and the best life for others. Thank you very much.

So you received this advice and practice, and that is the same as meeting me. It is so worthwhile, even if I pay you a billion dollars every day for this practice, the preliminary practices, lamrim, it would not be enough. Thank you very much.

Tsa tsas: 100,000, divided between Lama Tsongkhapa and Amitabha Buddha deities.

In order achieve realizations on lamrim, in order to achieve enlightenment to free numberless sentient beings in each realm, to free them from oceans of samsara sufferings and bring them to full emptiness, you must do effortful lamrim meditation.

After you have done a round of meditations on the graduated path of the three capable beings, then after that to have effortless realizations.

From your side, anyone from whom you have received a Dharma connection by receiving commentaries on sutra and tantra, taking great initiations and vows—anyone that you have made a Dharma connection with—that person is your guru and you are their disciple. So anyone you took any Dharma teaching from, with that decision in your heart, every guru is all the buddhas. Meditate until you are able to see that without any effort. When you think of the Buddha, then the Buddha is one with all the gurus and when you think of the gurus they are one with numberless buddhas.

Meditate on that, train the mind in that by following the outline of guru devotion, no matter how many weeks, months or years it takes, until you achieve that realization. All the other realizations of the path to enlightenment depend on having success in this realization. So all the realizations of the path of enlightenment—to be able to achieve enlightenment and to be able to enlighten all sentient beings—all depend on this realization.

Then on the same day, if you can, train your mind in the graduated path of the lower capable being. Meditate on either the whole lower path or just subject by subject until you achieve stable realizations, then move on to the next lamrim subject. [Continue] no matter how many months or years it takes, no matter how long it takes, then the mind becomes totally peaceful, totally satisfied, totally happy, and there’s no suffering, no clinging to this life.

After that, you have effortless meditation and realizations of the path of the middle capable being, no matter how many weeks, months or years it takes.

After that, meditate on the path of the higher capable being, bodhicitta, until you achieve the realization of that. Meditate on that no matter how many weeks, months or years it takes.

Sometimes you may be very busy, with no time to meditate, that may be possible, but continue as much as possible, even for a little time.

You should meditate on emptiness every day. You should do some meditation on emptiness, using the Heart Sutra or different teachings, different quotations. Quotations are very good, and when you read you should meditate on them, such as the “king of logic” of dependent arising:

The I doesn’t have true existence
Because it is dependent arising.

This is not gross, but subtle dependent arising from the Prasangika point of view. Phenomena are merely existing, in mere name, merely labeled by the mind, dependent on the valid base, therefore phenomena do not have true existence. You can meditate for however long you want to on that, then recognize the object of refutation. Recognize it is not true and realize the faults of that view of true existence. See it as empty, then the conclusion is dependent arising. So the first one shows ultimate truth and the second one shows conventional truth.

Keep circling [through the lamrim] in this way until you have gained stable realizations.