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Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche teaches on “Calling the Lama from Afar”

29 February, 2012




The Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul gave a reading transmission and a brief teaching on “Calling the Lama From Afar” by the First Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye on the morning of  February 29, 2012 to international students at the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya. In the talk, he stressed the importance of having devotion to one’s lama. He said practicing without devotion is like planting a burnt seed, and from it no positive result can come.

On the contrary, with devotion to one’s root teacher, it becomes possible for all positive results to arise.

Rinpoche said he had been asked to give the teaching by a small group of students. Initially, the teaching was to be given in the Tara room on the second floor of the monastery. However, word had spread and the group became bigger and bigger, so the organizers decided to move the teaching to the main shrine room of  Tergar monastery.

Nearly 300 students from all over the world attended the teachings, which began at 9 am. At the end of the teaching, Rinpoche sang from the final verses of the supplication to the lamas:

Precious lama, I supplicate you.
With deep longing I call to you, kind Lord of Dharma.
You are the only hope for this unworthy one.
Bless me that our minds become inseparable.


Report by TseNam, photos taken by Filip Wolak




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