My very dear Jean,
Thank you very much for your kind letter. I am very sorry for the many eons of delay it took to reply. Thank you very much for all your hard work for the center. So, I would like to know what is happening at the center. What do you think? Is the center benefiting any more people or not? What do you think?
Regarding your questions, as your Buddhist practice progresses, if you do purification well then your mind definitely becomes clearer and some clairvoyance can be very possible. Also, maybe it is past life karma. How do the beings who communicate with you come? Is it from the bardo?
If you are able to diagnose medical illnesses this is very, very good, because in this degenerate time the texts explain that even medicine that used to help may not have any effect. It all becomes mixed up, and doctors are not able to diagnose correctly, so they need to have clairvoyance to be able to really help.
Then there is medicine. If you can tell what patients need and what will help them, this can be very helpful. So, what is the effect? Do the patients say it is working?
How do you receive the clairvoyance? Is it something that comes in your head, or is it beings telling you from behind?
Do the patients feel very good afterwards? Anyway, if it is benefiting people then I think it’s very good, especially, as I mentioned, in these degenerate times when medicine doesn’t work as well as it should. It is very important if you can help sick people; it is very, very good.
In my observation, it does not come out so beneficial for you to keep doing volunteer work at the hospice, but probably you will know this by yourself. Maybe you know in which way you can benefit others and help others more. What came out is to meditate on the lam-rim. It seems meditation on the lam-rim is of the most benefit and this is what you should focus on most. This is how to do it:
- Four months: mainly focus on guru devotion
- One month: the lower path
- Five months: middle path
- Eight months: bodhicitta
- Three months: mainly focus on emptiness
This is your main focus for this number of months. Also, every day, no matter where you are up to in the lam-rim, you should still meditate a little on guru devotion and emptiness. Keep circling like this. When you have finished, then start again from the beginning until you have stable realizations. When you have stable realizations on guru devotion, then you see one guru as all the buddhas and all the buddhas as the guru, from the bottom of your heart, one hundred percent firm and stable. When you have realizations, then move on to the next topic and keep going back again and again like that for your whole life.
Your main deity is Heruka Body Mandala; this is the quickest way for you to achieve enlightenment. In order to take this initiation you need to first take Heruka Five Deities. When the opportunity comes, you should take it.
What is of most benefit for your life is to meditate on the lam-rim and attain the lam-rim path, and try to achieve bodhicitta. Put more effort into these. Then, later practice the generation and completion stages of tantra, to achieve these realizations in this life. Try to keep this as your main project: to have the realizations of bodhicitta. For bodhicitta you need to have the realization of the renunciation of samsara. For that preliminary you need to renounce this life and have realizations of the perfect human rebirth, especially impermanence and death, the lower realms, and suffering, up to karma. The root of the path to enlightenment is guru devotion, so you need this realization.
Use different lam-rim texts for your meditation: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Essence of Refined Gold, also the Lam-rim Chen-mo. Mainly use Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama as your main text. This is a commentary to Lama Tsongkhapa’s small lam-rim.
It also comes out extremely beneficial for you to do:
Please practice as much as you can. Life is not long, the nature of this life is impermanent and death can happen at any time. This is the foundation of Buddha’s teachings, and this was the last advice Buddha gave before showing the aspect of passing away.
What makes your life most meaningful is meditation on the lam-rim, then living your life with a bodhicitta motivation. This is the best.
With much love and prayers...