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