Teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso at Gampo Abbey

Advice to Gampo Abbey Residents

When Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche was at Gampo Abbey, Ani Pema Chödrön asked him for advice for the people at the Abbey. Here is his response:

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey
Think again and again upon the difficulties of finding leisures and
     opportunities for future precious human rebirth.
Then, making this precious human rebirth with leisures and opportunities
     meaningful,
Come to have a very strong intention to practice the dharma.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey,
Sometimes thinking about impermanence and death,
Reverse or turn away from clinging to a self
And give rise to the wish to quickly practice the dharma.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey,
By contemplating sometimes upon good and bad which arises
     from virtue and evil,
Gain confidence in actions and their results
And through this may diligence in listening and contemplating increase.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey
Sometimes reflect upon the sufferings of samsara
Because it reverses clinging to this life.
May diligence and the practice of meditation increase.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey,
By contemplating upon the way in which samsara is confusion,
Recognize that samsara is confused appearance,
Thereby gaining confidence in nirvana.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey,
By sometimes meditating upon the lack of self and equanimity,
Directly recognise the lack of a self,
And have the ability to cut suffering from the root.
[May clinging to the self be cut from the root.]

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey
Sometimes meditate upon loving kindness and compassion.
When great compassion arises
May there be no difficulties in accomplishing benefits for others.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey
Always go for refuge to the three jewels.
By having confidence in the three jewels
You will be liberated from the fear within existence.

May the practitioners at Gampo Abbey,
Having aspirational prayer in all rebirths and succession of lives,
Practice the genuine dharma.
This is the skillful means of the path of the mahayana.

By practicing again and again like that
One's mind will go on the correct path — the perfect path,
And suffering and confused appearances will be pacified.
The two benefits will be spontaneously accomplished.

Externally practicing the pratimoksha and renunciation,
Internally practising bodhicitta and benefit to others,
Secretly being diligent in secret mantra generation and completion stages,
May there be the auspiciousness of the teaching and practice doctrine.

Now I have explained to you everything you need to practice
     at Gampo Abbey.


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