Guru Devotion Is the Most Important Thing

Guru Devotion Is the Most Important Thing

Date of Advice:
October 2015
Date Posted:
September 2020

A student wrote to Rinpoche about the practices they were doing in retreat. Rinpoche gave this advice.

My most dear, most kind, most precious wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you very much for your kind letter and information about all your practice. It’s excellent, all that you did; it’s excellent, excellent.

The main thing, the most important thing is guru devotion meditation, so you must read The Heart of the Path. Please read this. Dr. Nick Ribush is an old student who worked at Wisdom Publications and now Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. He started Wisdom Publications and he has been working on Dharma books since he first met the Dharma. He has been keeping busy on books and I have been working with him on books and translations. He and his former partner Yeshe Khadro have been so busy working for FPMT, working for the benefit of sentient beings and the teachings of the Buddha.

Nick said that The Heart of the Path is the best book that he has seen amongst all the books. This is what he said. Please read this book. It is most important, to practice, to follow well, to correctly devote to the virtuous friend. Also, meditate on renunciation, bodhicitta, right view and on top of that if you can, tantra—generation and completion stages.

If you don’t have realizations of guru devotion and the three principal aspects of the path, you need to spend more time on that, and then after that, tantra. So, second is tantra. Whatever you can, doing the preliminaries, that is extremely good.

In this way dedicate your life for sentient beings as much as you can—eating, sitting, sleeping, going to the toilet. As much as you can, besides the daily meditation, everything should be done with bodhicitta.

So that’s it. Thank you very much. A billion, zillon, trillion thanks.

With much love and prayers