Kind Benefactor

Kind Benefactor

Date Posted:
November 2013

Rinpoche sent this letter to a kind benefactor who made a donation to help a Dharma center.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Billions, zillions of thanks from my heart to you, for your devotion to the teachings of the Buddha and compassion for sentient beings. That is really great. These are two good reasons why a Dharma center should be formed.

If we devote our life to a religion that is not logical or truthful, but is just based on faith or mere belief—or on someone's influence or belief—compared with the quality of the Buddha’s teachings, it is not worthwhile. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, many people just have faith and for the time being, that is OK. It’s difficult to say it is wrong, however, in Buddhism we learn, even if we don’t practice there are results. Buddhism is logical; it works, especially if we practice and have faith.

If we practice what the teachings say, we will achieve enlightenment, the highest, greatest benefit, so we will be able to free numberless hell beings, hungry ghosts and animals, those we see everywhere. We can free the ants, the insects and the beings in the ocean—even insects we cannot see with our eyes, but through a machine. All those beings that fly, the butterflies, and those on the ground and in the grass; even the tiny ones that fly in the sky and those that are under the ground, as well. Also, numberless humans, not just in this world, but in numberless universes, and asuras and suras. We are able to free them all from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to full enlightenment, peerless happiness, the total cessation of suffering; not just the cessation of suffering. Wow, wow, wow, that’s really great!

This is what happens by learning and practicing Buddhism and by actualizing the path—as each sentient being progresses on the path and achieves enlightenment.

Thank you very, very, very much your kindness, for this donation to help the centers. Why Buddhism? The benefit is for every sentient being—not missing out even one sentient being. Can you imagine!

Sincerely yours,

Lama Zopa

PS: I wish that Muslims, Christians and those of other religions have the compassion found in Buddhism. That will bring the whole world together.