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Advices posted during the month of September 2020
Rinpoche sent this message to a student with atrial fibrillation who was being taken to hospital. The student thought they may not live as their heartbeat was extremely fast. Note: the student did survive.
Rinpoche sent a Tara prayer to a student and added this motivation.
A center director wrote he had dreamt of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In the dream Rinpoche was advising that students could find eight days for taking the eight Mahayana precepts and on those days they could recite the Sutra of Golden Light and...
A student wrote to Rinpoche about the practices they were doing in retreat. Rinpoche gave this advice.
Rinpoche sent this letter to an old student who had a debilitating illness and was in incredible pain.
A student wrote that he suffered from delusions which were now controlled by medication and meditation. The student’s relationship with his parents had previously broken down and due to his mental illness he had become violent and harmed his...
Rinpoche sent this message regarding a tree which was to be planted near a Lama Yeshe stupa at the Dharma center.
A student wrote that he hadn’t started a Vajrasattva retreat because he had been serving the center and didn’t yet have the time. Rinpoche had advised him to do the retreat some time ago.
Advices posted during the month of August 2020
A student asked Rinpoche whether it was beneficial to have a hip operation.
A student wrote to Rinpoche about his relationship problems. He had been in a number of relationships that had all ended badly and he had become depressed. He was still looking for true love but didn’t want to get hurt again. Rinpoche responded...
A student wrote that her husband was angry, abusive and sometimes violent. Rinpoche gave this advice.
Some students who worked in Bodhgaya were trying to stop people from buying caged birds for release as they would be recaptured and traded again. The students wrote to Rinpoche after seeing him bless some caged birds that he had bought there.
A student had received teachings and a Vajrasattva initiation from Rinpoche but had subsequently stopped practicing Vajrayana and guru yoga. Later, while in retreat, the student said they felt a direct connection to Padmasambhava and received a...
Rinpoche sent this letter to a prisoner who asked for advice on how to think while incarcerated.
Rinpoche recommended Tibetan medicine for a student with lung cancer.
This letter was sent to a student who had been in retreat for several years and had written to Rinpoche about the practices he had done in retreat. The student, when asked, had told Rinpoche he would choose to be born in a suffering realm instead...
Rinpoche gave this advice regarding practices to be done by FPMT centers to help the situation in Tibet and to fulfill the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The advice was given on Saka Dawa, a holy day which commemorates the Buddha’s birth...
A student wrote that following the death of a close relative they had become very depressed and unwell. Symptoms included weight loss, lethargy and low functioning. Rinpoche offered this advice about experiencing sickness for sentient beings.
Advices posted during the month of July 2020
Rinpoche gave this advice to a student who asked what could be done to remove obstacles for their family.
Rinpoche gave this advice on the benefits of tonglen practice to a student who was very sick with heart disease. [Please note: Do not disregard medical advice from your health care professional or delay seeking it because of...
Rinpoche gave this advice to a center that was asking students to take the eight Mahayana precepts on the merit multiplying days (the Fifteen Days of Miracles, Saka Dawa, Lhabab Duchen and Chokhor Duchen) specifically to prevent earthquakes.
This advice about tonglen practice was given to a student with prostate cancer.
Rinpoche sent this message about the shortcomings of attachment to one student. Rinpoche wrote this himself.
Rinpoche gave this advice about White Tara practice to a student who asked if life obstacles had been removed after following previous advice.
A student asked Rinpoche what they could do to help a friend and her new baby, who were both sick.