The Kindness of the Guru is Like the Limitless Sky

The Kindness of the Guru is Like the Limitless Sky

Date of Advice:
August 2018
Date Posted:
April 2023

This message of thanks was given to all the people who prayed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet, as requested by Rinpoche in June 2018. Transcribed from video by Ven. Joan Nicell. Lightly edited by Sandra Smith.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

I felt that we needed to help, as we are His Holiness’ disciples. Of course, “guru,” that means all our happiness, past, present, and future, up to enlightenment, came from the guru, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Every single pleasure, happiness, came from His Holiness.

His Holiness has guided us from beginningless rebirths, now and in the future. Can you imagine the kindness of the guru? The kindness of the guru is like the limitless sky. I also felt that we needed to help Tibet, so I suggested these prayers:

  • The Mantra Promised by Tara
  • Four Mandala Offerings to Cittamani Tara

I want to say a billion, zillion, numberless thanks, really from my heart, to everybody who did the prayers to help His Holiness and to help Tibet receive freedom soon.

The people in Tibet have no freedom and so much suffering. It’s unbelievable. Wow, wow, wow. As I know—I have been to Tibet five or four times, I think, and in Lhasa, from the Potala, you can see in the street where they go catching people. They can come anytime to pick someone up from their house and bring them to prison or whatever. The rest of the family doesn’t know where that person is going. They are also catching people by motorcycle. Then the police—when you see the police, it is so scary. You feel like that when you go outside.

Here we don’t see that, so we don’t feel it much, but in Tibet it is very scary. [We need to pray for] the people outside Tibet and inside Tibet, for them to have freedom. There is the middle way, there is umai lam, His Holiness always expresses that.

So, thank you very, very much. Thank you so much. This is the most extensive way to collect merit and the most powerful purification, fulfilling the guru’s wishes.

It is said by Sakya Pandita,

For a thousand eons, even if you make charity of your head and your legs to other sentient beings, and even if you dedicate the merits of that for sentient beings, you collect all those merits in one second when you fulfill the guru’s wishes and follow the guru’s advice.

We collect all those merits in one second [by following] the guru’s path. If we fulfill all those wishes and advice, we collect one thousand eons of merits in one second. When we fulfill the guru’s wishes and advice, this is what happens.

Also, it is said in tantra, Kadam Tigle,

Just as fire burns wood and in one second it becomes ashes, like that, if you are able to please the glorified guru, if you please the guru, your heavy negative karma gets burned by that. By following the guru, by pleasing the guru, it is burned in one second.

The negative karma gets purified in one second. The heavy negative karma collected from past lives now gets purified in one second. It is so powerful, this happens.

I think that’s all. Thank you very much.