Loan to a Dharma Project

Loan to a Dharma Project

Date Posted:
October 2005

Rinpoche gave the following advice to a business that had loaned a lot of money to a Dharma project, and had not yet been repaid. This was causing hardship and bad feeling.

My very dear friend, who is indestructibly devoted to the teachings of Buddhism, inspired with devotion to the triple gem and compassion for sentient beings, and who is offering his life to serve sentient beings. The main objective here is the happiness of all sentient beings, to actualize the temporal and ultimate happiness of every single sentient being.

What I would like to say is that everybody please relax; don’t worry, be happy. That sounds a little bit like the talking fish that is made of rubber, moves its head, and is stuck on a piece of wood, similar to the one that I sent Geshe Lama Konchog in Singapore, that made everyone happy*. When people who were depressed went to see Geshe Lama Konchog, they laughed and were happy when they saw that fish. Even Geshe Lama Konchog played it in the middle of the night and slept with the fish next to his cheek. So, my message to everyone is the same as the fish: be happy.

In the past, there may have been some mistakes in this project, and those have become a learning process. There have been obstacles that have become benefits. All of this is dependent arising. The answer is karma, and things have turned out for the best, similarly in the case of the finances.

Of course, a project like this takes time because it has so much benefit for sentient beings, will liberate so many sentient beings every year, making it easy for sentient beings to achieve enlightenment and be free from samsaric suffering.

The important thing is reliance on continuously creating extensive merits, to purify obstacles, and to not create obstacles with our body, speech, and mind. An airplane flies for as long as it has fuel, it is the same with running a car. It is the same with the amount of merit needed for such a big project, and for its success.

Thank you very much to everyone, hope to see you soon, and please enjoy.

With much love and prayers...

* Model of a fish attached to a wooden plaque, like a trophy, which sings and moves.