Prayers for Dog’s Health

Prayers for Dog’s Health

Date of Advice:
September 2017
Date Posted:
May 2020

A student asked Rinpoche to make prayers for her sick dog. Rinpoche sent this advice.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche outside his home in Aptos, CA, 2014.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,

Thank you so much your kind email. Yes, I will pray for your dog.

Recovering is one thing, but the most important thing is that because of the continuation of mind—even though the mind separates from the body, which is called death—there is the next life, as there was a past life. For us ordinary beings who are under the control of delusion and karma, we are born with that and if we don’t get to practice Dharma and actualize the ultimate wisdom directly perceiving emptiness—which ceases delusion and karma—then we have to die under the control of delusion and karma, so we will have a suffering death.

So I will pray and you can pray for the dog to not be reborn again in the hell, hungry ghost or animal realms.

May the dog be reborn in the Buddha’s pure land where it can become enlightened, or receive a perfect human body and receive Mahayana teachings, meet a perfect qualified Mahayana guru who reveals the unmistaken path and by pleasing most the holy mind of the virtuous friend, may the dog achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.

With much love and prayers ...