Initiation and Tsa-tsa Commitment

Initiation and Tsa-tsa Commitment

Date of Advice:
February 2017
Date Posted:
July 2017

A student wrote that she had stopped her commitment after taking an initiation but was going to do the retreat. She asked if she should take initiation again before the retreat. She was also finding it hard to complete a tsa-tsa commitment and asked if the number could be reduced.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you for your email and sorry for the many eons of delay. In regards to your question about Guhyasamaja, yes, to receive the initiation again is best. You can do the retreat without taking the initiation again, but if you receive it again that is best.

You can reduce the number of tsa-tsas. Cut the number down by half, from what I told you before.

If possible, but it’s really not possible at all, then you can develop color pictures so other people can have them—not to a small size like 8 x 10 inches, but a very nice picture, the best art and the best quality. This is so other people can enjoy them and use them for prostrations, offerings and to collect a lot of merit.

This is my advice. Please make your life most meaningful with the thought of bodhicitta, day and night and in everything that you do.

With much love and prayers...