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Below is a listing of advices in the Online Advice Book. They are sorted and grouped by the date posted on our website, with the most recent additions showing first. You can enter a keyword to search for advices containing that term.
Advices posted during the month of April 2020
This advice was given to a student who asked whether it was beneficial to travel as there were some obstacles.
Rinpoche advised a student to request Prajnaparamita recitation by a monastery in Nepal in order to remove obstacles to shinä (Skt: shamatha; calm abiding).
A student wrote to Rinpoche about her health. She was sixty years old and according to Chinese astrology it was an obstacle year.
A student wrote that they had a photo of another lama on their altar just because they liked the image, but had not taken teachings from him or accepted him as guru.
Advice about construction of a statue of the four harmonious friends, dictated to Ven. Ailsa Cameron in Bendigo, Australia. The four animals, an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit and a bird, lived in the forest and spread harmony to the other animals...
A student wrote that her son had just died. Rinpoche explained that the cycle of death and rebirth continues until we attain buddhahood and advised that cherishing others brings both temporary and ultimate happiness.
In this letter to the director of a school, Rinpoche advises the importance of helping children develop wisdom and compassion, so they can bring happiness and benefit to other sentient beings.
Rinpoche sent this message to a geshe who wanted to arrange pujas in Tibet for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Advices posted during the month of March 2020
Rinpoche gave this advice about the process for starting construction of a building.
A student’s father had liver cancer and cirrhosis. Rinpoche checked extensively and gave this advice.
A student wrote that they were suddenly experiencing incredible pain. Rinpoche recited Vajra Claws and Burning Pinnacle, and gave this advice to the student.
There were concerns about obstacles for flights. Rinpoche checked and advised the importance of doing the following practices.
In this advice, Rinpoche recommends Vajra Armor mantra and The Prayer Liberating Sakya from Disease as the main practices for protection and healing from coronavirus COVID-19. Rinpoche also advises that bodhicitta and tonglen are...
A student wrote to Rinpoche about their problem with visualization and absorption of the guru through the crown while doing the six-session guru yoga and other sadhanas. Rinpoche gave this advice.
Rinpoche wrote this card to a student who was experiencing depression and also had life obstacles.
A student wrote that they had a deep fear of death from an early age and asked Rinpoche how to overcome this fear. Rinpoche offered this advice.
In this advice, Rinpoche discusses the relics of holy beings and advises that seeing the relics emit light depends on people’s karma and merit.
A longtime student wrote that harm from the past had been very hard to let go of. They also confessed to getting upset with their guru. Rinpoche gave this advice on how to think about past harm and how to train the mind in guru devotion.
Advices posted during the month of February 2020
A student asked if a monastery could be sponsored to do sutra recitations which Rinpoche had advised as a preliminary practice. The student also asked about reusing water offered in water bowls.
A student wrote to Rinpoche about their experiences while meditating on emptiness. Rinpoche gave this advice about the subtle object to be refuted according to the Prasangika Madhyamaka view.
A student wrote that she had hole in the heart and had lost consciousness. She asked Rinpoche if she should have an operation to fix it and what pujas and practices she should do.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a student who had written about her work helping people with suicidal ideation.
A student wrote that doing karma yoga while also studying at the center required a lot of energy and time. The student asked Rinpoche about ceasing the study program.
Rinpoche sent this letter to a student who was planning to go Kopan Monastery in Nepal for the first time to attend a meditation course.
Rinpoche sent this practice advice to a student who had uterine fibroids (a large myoma or benign tumor.)