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Remember the Guru’s Kindness

By Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The following advice was given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in response to requests by students to help them understand how best to prolong the life of the guru, and how to avoid obstacles that can cause him sickness and a shortened life. Previously published in Mandala, April 1989.

Most important is to remember with feeling the guru’s kindness and to follow his advice; then to remember one’s mistakes and confess them.

Long-life pujas purify negative karma and accumulate merits (generally speaking life can be lengthened by accumulating merit). But the best kind of long-life puja is not just the ritual but to cherish the advice, with the thought correctly devoting to the virtuous friend, and looking at the guru from one’s own side to be the Buddha and remembering his kindness; feeling regret for not practicing properly in the past and making a decision to practice better in the future: generally speaking, in the ordinary sense, to be a better person.

The heaviest effect on the guru’s life is degenerating or breaking the first root tantric vow, i.e. when belittling the guru (meaning giving him up as an object of respect). Also having anger or heresy to arise in the mind toward the guru, particularly heresy. When there is heresy, the mind is barren like a desert, having no faith and nothing can grow. This can cause the holy mind to be disturbed, like a sadness.

Sometimes there can be students who request secret tantric teachings, and not having devotion can cause the guru (in the context of very secret teachings) to break samaya, because the teacher has difficulty to say no. But if the student has the sincere thought to try to develop and keep the vows, etc. then it’s good, although, of course, it may be difficult to keep all the vows because the student’s mind has not even the realization of impermanence and death!

Harmonious sincerity in obtaining advice can inspire the guru, giving him the interest to have the intention to pray in an attempt to have a longer life, even if from the guru’s side there is not the complete capability to control the elements.

It is important to be aware that the student’s breaking of the root tantric vows, samaya and so forth is also a danger for themselves, resulting in sickness and even their lives to be shortened, not to mention suffering in future lives. But of course, as explained in the teachings, any degeneration or breaking of the three levels of vow can be purified through confession, etc.

So these things can cause the guru to take disease and pass away early; this is a dependent arising. This can happen because of the karma of the group, e.g. [they are] my gurus, they don’t have karma but they can show [the] appearance.

In conclusion, a lot depends on how well the student practices Dharma, how much self-cherishing thought there is which causes harm to oneself and others!

I don’t think the problem has so much to do with the fact that the students don’t know what is the cause of the guru taking disease and passing away early. For some students the cause is not being thoughtful and not taking the opportunity to change the life for the better, i.e. not putting the teachings into practice.

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Dagri Rinpoche offering to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the long life puja. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Ven. Sarah Thresher provided us with the following report on a beautiful long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India.

Losar started very early morning with Yamantaka and Palden Lhamo prayers before dawn. Dagri Rinpoche stayed over at Root Institute to join Rinpoche for the prayers. Before dawn the monks served early morning Tibetan tea and kapse.

After breakfast people began arriving for the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested by Dagri Rinpoche and Root Institute. Representatives from various Indian centers and the two Maitreya Projects in Bodhgaya and Kushinagar led Rinpoche into the gompa. Rinpoche went first to offer body, speech and mind to the decorated throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and then the throne of Lama Yeshe. This Losar was the 30th anniversary of Lama Yeshe’s passing away.

Dagri Rinpoche and Keutsang Rinpoche both took part in the Losar long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Dagri Rinpoche and Keutsang Rinpoche both took part in the Losar long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Dagri Rinpoche and Keutsang Rinpoche both took part in the puja along with several rows of monks from Sera Je Monastery. Even though Bodhgaya is not busy now, the gompa was full with people showing up from all over to pray for the guru’s long life. Following the tsog offering, Rinpoche took the microphone and began teaching. First, he explained how important these fifteen days of Losar are, the days that commemorate Buddha displaying miracles to subdue the Tirthika teachers, because at this time merit multiplies many 100 millions of times. Rinpoche commented that for lazy people like himself (!) it was an opportunity to make up for time lost the rest of the year when no practice was done.

Rinpoche then continued with a beautiful talk about the qualities of Lama Yeshe and the importance of the guru. He quoted Padampa Sangye who advised, “Cherish the guru more than the Buddha and realizations will come in this lifetime.” Rinpoche described some of the obvious qualities of Lama Yeshe, his always loving aspect that attracted everyone to him, his humility, his wisdom, and Rinpoche explained that Lama was known by all to be a great scholar. Rinpoche then mentioned that Lama Yeshe was also a great yogi who had the tantric realizations of clear light and illusory body but that he hid these profound practices by meditating while lying down during his regular afternoon “nap.” Rinpoche said that whatever benefit the FPMT had been able to offer and however much we ourselves had been able to learn and practice, it was all due to Lama Yeshe’s kindness because it was Lama who set up the organization.

Then Rinpoche praised the director of Root Institute, Ven. Trisha, for her devotion to Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and compassion, which meant the center was harmonious and able to benefit sentient beings greatly.

Following the puja, lunch was offered on the lawn and the three lamas sat outside for a long leisurely lunch discussing Dharma.

Please rejoice that another sincere request for Rinpoche’s long life has been made on behalf of FPMT.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche making offerings for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life at the conclusion of this year’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery.

FPMT had the incredible fortunate to make offerings for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of this year’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery. Lama Zopa Rinpoche was present and offered a giant silver Dharmachakra, a beautiful White Tara thangka made of pearls, and over US$20,000 on behalf of all FPMT centers, projects and services.

Each year FPMT is committed to arrange or be an official benefactor for His Holiness’ long life puja. Over twenty years ago, Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested for this to happen annually. Please rejoice!

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Lama Zopa Rnpoche with the exquisite long life thangka made with pearls which offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Tremendous thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful long life offering. You can donate anytime to the Long Life Puja Fund for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Over 1,000 monks and several hundred international students participated in a long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, December 22, 2013 at Drati Khantsen, Sera Je Monastery, India.

On December 22, 2013 at the conclusion of this year’s oral transmission of Most Secret Hayagriva given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Sera Je Monastery’s Drati Khangtsen in India offered a long life puja to Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 Ven. Roger Kunsang, CEO of FPMT and assistant to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, made strong request for Rinpoche’s long life and made an offering on behalf of the whole FPMT organization during the puja. There were over 1,000 monks and several hundred international students in attendance, including 70 FPMT centers represented and about 17 FPMT Geshes.

Please rejoice in this amazing offering, please make prayers for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long and healthy life so we may always be guided by his perfect example.

If you would like to donate to this fund, which sponsors long life pujas for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, you may do so at any time.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche leaving the long life puja offered on December 22, 2013, at Drati Khantsen, Sera Je Monastery, India.

 

 

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Exquisite long life thangka made with pearls which Lama Zopa Rinpoche is offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the upcoming long life puja for His Holiness on behalf of the entire FPMT organization. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

FPMT has the incredible opportunity to be one of the main sponsors of the long life puja that will be offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of this year’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery. This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s continued teachings and transmissions on eighteen classic Lam-rim commentaries.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the artist who created the incredible long life thangka to be offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the upcoming annual long life puja. Rinpoche worked closely with the artist on all aspects of this thangka’s creation.

FPMT will be organizing the traditional offerings as well as a special thangka of White Tara, that is made completely of tiny pearls, which Lama Zopa Rinpoche has carefully arranged in Nepal, working closely with the artist on the design, brocade, and many details. 

An important priority for FPMT is offering long life pujas every year for our immeasurably precious teachers: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested the FPMT organization to offer a long life puja to His Holiness the Dalai Lama every year. FPMT International Office has taken on this responsibility, through the Long Life Puja Fund, for twenty years, and will continue to do so, on behalf of the entire organization. 

If you would like to contribute to the annual long life puja offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of the entire FPMT organization, you are welcome to offer any amount toward the expenses.

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To understand why a long life puja is essential, we must understand the value of the Guru. He is our guide in this life, the bardo, and future lives. He is immensely important. It is not a case where if we ask him to live he will, and vice-versa, but that to offer such a ceremony purifies our own broken samayas.

—Geshe Lama Konchog

 

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Lama Rinpoche during the long life puja, December 9, 2013, Kopan Monastery, Nepal. Photo Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog, during the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

The annual long life puja was offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on behalf of the entire FPMT organization at Kopan Monastery, December 9, 2013.  800+ monks and nuns; 280+ Western students; and many local Nepalis, Tibetans and Sherpas were in attendance.

Tremendous thanks to all who donated to this auspicious and successful ceremony, and to all who generously offered practices for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life.

You are welcome to offer any amount to the Long Life Puja Fund for Lama Zopa Rinpoche at any point during the year. By maintaining harmony, following Rinpoche’s advice and offering long life pujas, FPMT students are accumulating the merit needed for our precious spiritual director to stay in the world with us for a long time.

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Tsog offering during the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, December 9, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

The Kopan course participants and sangha getting settled into the best positions to watch the entertainment the entertainment following the long life puja. December 9, 2013.

The Kopan course participants and Sangha getting settled into the best positions to watch the entertainment and enjoy a picnic following the long life puja. December 9, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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THANKS TO ALL who participated in the practices requested to be done for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life back in April this year.  On Dec 9th, an amazing total of practices will be offered to Rinpoche as part of the offerings to Rinpoche during the official long life puja.

Please rejoice!

Rinpoche offered thanks to those offering practices back in August.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Manali, India, July 2013. photograph by Ven Sarah Thresher

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Manali, India, July 2013. Photograph by Ven Sarah Thresher

 

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Long Life Puja with the five dakinis offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Land of Medicine Buddha, September 29, 2013. Photo by Chris Majors.

The annual long life puja offered on behalf of the centers, projects, services and students of FPMT to  Lama Zopa Rinpoche, will be offered at Kopan Monastery on Dec 9th 2013

This puja is offered every year on behalf of the organization. In April of this year, Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la) gave advice about practices needed to remove obstacles to Rinpoche’s health and long life.  Offering long life pujas to Rinpoche with the five dakinis was given as one of the practices in which students should engage. This puja will be performed by 600+ monks and nuns as well as the 280 participants of Kopan Monastery’s November Lam-Rim Course. All are welcome to make an offering of any amount toward this puja. Students can also meditate at the same time of the puja and offer your own prayers and practices for Rinpoches long life.

To understand why a long life puja is essential, we must understand the value of the Guru. He is our guide in this life, the bardo, and future lives. He is immensely important. It is not a case where if we ask him to live he will, and vice-versa, but that to offer such a ceremony purifies our own broken samayas.

—Geshe Lama Konchog

 

If you would like to participate in offering to this puja, please donate any amount by December 5 so your name can be included in the dedication. 

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On September 29, 2013, Tenzin Ösel Hita read the following words of praise to Lama Zopa Rinpche during a long life puja offered to Rinpoche at Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, USA.

Video of Tenzin Ösel Hita Offering Praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Tenzin Ösel Hita’s Praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Dearest spiritual friend and guide, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, you are so precious to us in so many different aspects. From so many angles in life, do you benefit us constantly with no break, no rest, no sleep.

Dear Lama Zopa-la, we are so grateful for your presence in this planet. We are so lucky to be able to share this space and time with you.

Since the beginning, you have dedicated your life fully to improving peoples’ spiritual lives, even though I’m sure you would love to spend many years in a Lawudo cave deep in meditation. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and guide us towards our inner potential.

We know how each and every action you do is dedicated to helping sentient beings – every thought, every breath; every sip of water you take is dedicated to sentient beings. We are so lucky to have you in our midst. You inspire us to be better people, and your presence gives us motivation to follow your example. You are constantly helping so many sentient beings from so many different dimensions. It is amazing to see your work in this world.

Please stay with us for as long as it takes all sentient beings to reach enlightenment. We are willing to follow your advice and work hard to accomplish your dreams, which, of course, are always focused on benefiting in the greatest way, in this life and the next.

We all thank you so much from the depth of our hearts; we wish you success in all of your vast visions present and future. 

Lama Zopa-la please live a long life. And rest a bit when you can.

Thank you for guiding us relentlessly – without rest, without tiring.

Thank you for helping us purify, for sparking interest into investigating our own egos and ignorance.

Thank you for making us see how mistaken we are.

Please continue helping sentient beings, and live a long life, with no obstacles.

Thank you, Rinpoche, for your kindness and dedication.

We love you Lama Zopa-la.

Thank you so much.

 

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