Goodbye Samsara

Goodbye Samsara

Date of Advice:
July 2021
Date Posted:
May 2022

A student wrote to Rinpoche requesting advice on what retreat they should do for a year.

My most dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling one,
You can do the preliminaries and lamrim meditation, mainly renunciation, starting from correctly devoting to the virtuous friend, seeing the guru as a buddha, using quotations and logic.

The best lamrim text for you is Jampel Sharlung, written by the [Fifth] Dalai Lama, but I don’t know if it’s available in English. If you read Tibetan, you can read this text, otherwise you can read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, or the Middle-Length Lamrim [See The Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment]. You can use one of those books and read it two times from beginning to the end, and the rest of the information comes with the meditation instructions. If you read Tibetan, you can get the text Jampel Sharlung and read that.

Do effortful lamrim meditation, following the lamrim outline, then do effortless meditation. After you generate bodhicitta, then spend lot of time on tantra, the generation and completion stages.

Of course, you can do a three-year retreat, or do one or two years, or the short one, the enabling retreat. There’s also your own tantric deity practice, which you need to do every day.

Do these practices:

  • Four immeasurable thoughts, to collect merit and purify in order to generate realizations: 10,000
  • Dorje Khadro fire puja: 50,000
  • Prostrations with Vajrasattva: 150,000
  • Guru yoga with migtsema: 400,000

You can do migtsemas with Lama Chöpa in the morning, and then recite the rest with Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga. When there’s the time, if you recite migtsemas while doing Lama Chöpa, you can count them, and then when you do Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga you can also count migtsemas. The dissolution of the merit field can be done in the last session of Lama Chöpa. So between Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and Lama Chöpa, using that as the base, you can do sessions like that. That’s how it can done, but it’s up to you.

If you don’t do the preliminaries, which allow you to collect merit and purify negativities, the mind can become troubled. Then problems such as lung can come, even though you understand a lot.

Everything we do is for enlightenment, to achieve the path to enlightenment for every sentient being, to free them from samsara and bring them to enlightenment—every hell being, every hungry ghost, every animal, every ant, every mosquito, every rat, every spider, every bee, every seahorse, every starfish, every octopus, every human being, every sura being, and every asura being—to free them from the ocean of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment.

The purpose of all these practices is not a small matter. It’s like the sky what you can do. You have to understand this.

I didn’t mention the deity, in case you already have a deity, in order not to confuse you.

If you can, if you are brave enough to recite Vajra Cutter Sutra every day, that is unbelievable, unbelievable. It’s a very quick way to become free from samsara, and a very quick way to achieve enlightenment. It’s most incredibly helpful for sentient beings.

Thank you very much. You are most welcome to enlightenment. Goodbye samsara.

With much love and prayers ...