My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
According to my observation, for you Vajrayogini pure land is best, therefore you must take Vajrayogini initiation and do that practice. Without practicing Vajrayogini, it’s an unbelievable loss, like the whole limitless sky filled with wish-granting jewels and losing that. It’s much worse than that.
You must do this as quickly as possible, because death can come at any time—any day, any hour, any moment, even now. Without initiation you must recite the mantra and pray.
I am attaching a very precious photo of Vajrayogini. This was made with coral by one meditator who did a three-year retreat. It should not be shown around; it is just for your use.
Pray to be born in Vajrayogini pure land. Reciting the mantra is so precious, so blessed, because all the female enlightened beings’ mantras are contained in it. My guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, said that the mantra is even more blessed than the sadhana.
As well as reciting the mantra, which is a cause to be born in Vajrayogini pure land, you should also do tsog offering on the 10th and the 25th, either Lama Chöpa or Vajrayogini, anything. That’s one of the main causes to be born in the pure land.
Another cause is to follow the left side conduct, so you start eating, walking, with the left side hand or leg. That signifies wisdom, because everything comes from the wisdom of emptiness. The deity, the mandala, everything comes from the wisdom of great bliss, nondual with emptiness.
You can do the retreat, even a short one, again and again in the life, even you don’t do the long one. If you can do the long three-year retreat, that’s great.
There is a student who helps Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi at Amitabha Buddha Centre in Singapore. She has done Vajrayogini retreat many times, so you can discuss with her after you’ve received the initiation. I can give the initiation when I come to Singapore or if you’re able to come to Kopan, I can give it here.
You’ll need to have another great initiation beforehand, either Heruka, Guhyasamaja or Yamantaka. The best is Heruka Five-Deity initiation, so that is required first, before you can take Vajrayogini initiation.
You’re very fortunate that this comes out best for you. If we are born in Vajrayogini pure land, then definitely we can become enlightened there. Even if we are born in Amitabha pure land, bodhisattvas there cannot practice tantra because there are no tantric teachings there.
So the bodhisattvas pray to be born here, in this world where we are, where the tantric teachings are. We need a body born from the womb, having the six elements: three from the mother—blood, skin and flesh; and three from the father—sperm, bone and marrow. Bodhisattvas pray to be born here, to practice tantra and to achieve enlightenment quickly. So that’s why here, a human rebirth is unbelievably important, precious, more precious than Amitabha pure land.
Lama Tsongkhapa gave teachings, not so much on Vajrayogini, as much as Amitabha pure land, and he wrote prayers. Of the eight prayers, the Blissful Realm prayer [Prayer to Be Reborn in the Land of Bliss] is very, very important, because I think then it becomes very easy to be reborn in Amitabha pure land.
One thing, it’s very easy for ordinary beings to be born there [in Amitabha pure land] but if we are born there, there’s no suffering. There’s no suffering of suffering and no suffering of change. All the samsaric pleasures—food, sex, music, anything—are the suffering of change and there’s no suffering of that type there . There’s also no third type of suffering, pervasive compounding suffering, from where the other sufferings arise. There is not even the third suffering. It’s incredible the pleasure, the enjoyments, the situation beyond the asuras, the worldly god realm. It’s unbelievable, as there in god realm there’s suffering.
Probably we would stay there [in Amitabha pure land] a long time, I think, maybe like that, but we don’t achieve enlightenment there.
But in the Vajrayogini pure land, we’re enlightened right there, so there’s a big difference. It’s quicker and we are able to enlighten all sentient beings more quickly, that’s the whole thing.
Wherever you travel every day, even walking, going to the shop, to the beach, traveling, in whatever way, think you’re going to the pure land. Or wherever you are, think you’re already in the pure land, where there’s no suffering. Remember that. It’s incredible, unbelievable. Think everything is pure appearance, so to think about that on and on is good.
When we die, then that [pure land rebirth] comes very easily. Suddenly when death comes, then this thinking is easy and we’re already in the pure land. It helps; it makes it so easy.
Otherwise, even if we know the sufferings well, without practice, without training the mind in that, then at death time, maybe some heavy sickness or problem comes, then it is difficult to think about Dharma, it’s difficult to think about the pure land, all that. At that time our mind is thinking about something else, or we are missing the samsaric pleasures, or we just have very heavy suffering and the mind cannot think about positive things. It’s like this.
But all this depends on the basis which brings all the blessings and realizations, everything. That basis is very strong guru devotion, by seeing, looking at the guru as Buddha, by looking at the guru as Buddha, with quotations and logic as mentioned in sutra, lamrim and in tantra.
We must do actions to fulfill the guru’s wishes and advice, doing what most pleases the guru. That is the way to achieve the pure land and the quickest way to achieve enlightenment. That is the most important thing, not only to achieve Vajrayogini pure land, but to achieve the quickest enlightenment for the numberless sentient beings. That is the most important thing.
Thank you very much, billions and billions and billions.
With much love and prayers ...