Thanks for Your Wishes and Prayers

Thanks for Your Wishes and Prayers

Date of Advice:
January 2012
Date Posted:
September 2021

A family offered Rinpoche a special Padmasambhava thangka after he manifested a stroke in April 2011. Rinpoche thanked the family for their gift and advised that his sickness has been a great teaching and an incredible way for people all over the world to collect merit.

Drawing by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

My wish-fulfilling family,

It was unbelievably kind of you to send me the Padmasambhava thangka, with the special painting and special color and Bhutanese art. I wanted very much to translate these benefits that explain what we receive every second when we look at thangkas. The unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable merits, equal to ten million eons of having made offerings, praises etc., to the arhats, bodhisattvas and buddhas equaling the number of sand grains of the river Ganga. Here we get more merit than that just by looking at the thangka. I thought to translate this and send it to you, maybe when I was in Australia, a long, long time ago, but it didn’t happen until now.

I hope everyone is well there—father, mother and everybody. I saw the pictures of the Buddha that was recently built in Bhutan, that is 169 feet tall. It was made in China and brought to Bhutan through India. That Buddha makes the country very, very fortunate, unbelievably fortunate, most fortunate, by creating the cause for people to collect unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable good karma and also as the statue is so large then more people will come to see it.

I am still in Nepal. I did ten days of acupuncture and now I am receiving massage from one nun from Singapore. She was one of the top ten masseurs in Singapore. I was told massage is very important, the first thing, and then exercise, so I have one Nepalese physiotherapist who comes to see me and I also do other exercise.

I am much better than when I was in the hospital, but I still [have difficulties with] my speech, my right hand and right leg. The stroke hasn’t gone away completely, so I still have difficulties but I am much, much, much better than in the hospital.

Thank you very, very much for every single thing, for generating the positive wishes and prayers and for spending money and making offerings and all that you did. Thank you very, very much for all the things you did.

In the Buddha’s teachings it is mentioned in the outline of karma, that karma is definite. Once virtue or nonvirtue is created, it is definite it will bring the result of suffering or happiness if it is not purified before. We will have to experience the result if it is not purified.

Then it is mentioned that karma is increasing. This means that once karma is created, the result will increase, much more than the result of a seed that increases into a plant. That amount of increasing is nothing compared to one seed of karma that is created—whether virtuous or nonvirtuous—and what the result will be, happiness or suffering.

Also, you will never experience the result of karma if it is not created. Karma that is not purified, however many billions or trillions or numberless trillions of eons it takes, we will have to experience the result. We will definitely experience the result if the karma is not purified. If it is good karma then we experience the result of that as long as it has not already been destroyed by anger, heresy and so forth. The result of karma never gets lost and we are definitely going to experience it, however long it takes, even if it takes numberless trillions of eons.

What I am experiencing now is according to my karma, so this is a great teaching. My experiencing this now is a great teaching.

I don’t think I mentioned to you before that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and my gurus made prayers for me, and in many monasteries and nunneries many thousands or hundreds of monks and nuns made prayers and pujas. Wow, wow, wow, wow. Then all the centers, all the students individually and together all over the world and even in Tibet.

Also ten million animals were liberated just during this period. This is not mentioning all the previous animal liberations. Already in the past the center in Singapore has liberated over 140 million lives, and in Tibet people have liberated over 975 yaks, goats and sheep, and have recited the Guru Rinpoche mantra one billon times. Many other prayers and mantras have also been done.

In Tsum, which is a very remote area near Tibet, the Rachen nuns and Mu monks have committed to do the following:

  • Extensive Four Mandala Offerings to Cittamani Tara puja, to be done daily for one year by over two hundred Tsum Sangha
  • Eight full sets of nyung nä retreat, on Saka Dawa
  • One million Guru Rinpoche mantras
  • Recitation of the Vajra Cutter Sutra, the Long-life Sutra and the Long-life Deity mantra, to be done daily for one whole year by the Tsum Sangha
  • Vajrayogini self-initiation and Vajrayogini long-life retreat practices, to be done on the tenth and twenty-fifth of every month for one year.

[You can read more details here of the collective prayers.]

My sickness has become an incredible way for so many sentient beings to collect merit to make their life meaningful.

This is news for my dear family. Please rejoice in all these people all over the world, in all the merit.

With much love and prayers ...