His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche the Third, entitled “Calling the Lama from Afar” that was written by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye the Great. (English); Calling the Guru from Afar by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. (English); Guru Yoga for Bokar Rinpoche by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Its name is Calling the Guru from Afar, and it was written by Jamgon Kongtrul, one of the greatest masters of recent times. His name was also.
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Prayers and Songs
We are taught that the qualities that arise from hearing and contemplating the teachings are mental stability and mindfulness in all situations; the quality that arises from meditating the teachings is freedom from disturbing emotions.
Bless us that self-awareness by liberated into its ground. Again, no friend or enemy is able to protect one or assist at death.
Nagarjuna compared life with a flash of lightening and with a bubble, illustrating how brief and consuming life really is. That is why one must develop a genuine relationship with a root guru. To develop kamgon sort of wisdom, one needs a spiritual friend. They think they are just as good and qualified as the teacher, because both completed a retreat together, evidence that a practitioner has no understanding.
CALLING THE GURU FROM AFAR
Should one be honest, though, one would realize that it is kingtrul in comparison to the pain sentient beings in the lower realms are doomed to endure until their karma is exhausted.
Therefore it is necessary to gradually develop sincere devotion and trust.
Though our faults are mountains we maintain them veiled from others. The truth of karma, cause and effect, is certain, but we do not decide correctly what to give up and accept. All sentient beings — whoever they may be and whatever state of existence they may be going through — want to be free of suffering and wish to experience happiness. Negative karma hurls one through suffering in the lower states of existence, where the lord of death rules. Thank you so much for this chant.
When totally open from the core of your heart, any obstacle can be overcome. By this virtue may I quickly attain the state of Guru Buddha, tje then Lead every being without exception to that very state!
Calling the Lama from Afar
When it comes to accomplishing the great goal of liberation, we are overcome by laziness Tye return empty-handed from a land filled with jewels. While using dharma names we act exactly contrary.
The Lama is the most significant root for advancement on the spiritual path. We therefore pray to our Lama to bless us so that we learn to train and tame our own mind correctly.
Kahma and Terma lineage masters, please hear us. As jamgonn, genuine practice of the Buddhadharma is most helpful at death.
The eight worldly dharmas are attachment to gain, attachment to pleasure, praise, and fame, and aversion against loss, pain, blame, and a bad reputation. Sometimes one wants to practice the Buddhadharma but is lazy and postpones practice until circumstances seem better.
When Tulku Urgyen told stories, he could also remember the tone of voice of Patrul Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse, Chokgyur Lingpa, and many, many others, different voices, and would imitate them as well.
A Root Guru in particular is more than just a spiritual friend then, there is a difference because with a root guru there is a genuine close communication which transcends mere words. I have seen people complete retreats without having any respect for their instructors.
Kindest root guru, the gracious, please hear us. He apperceives the relative and ultimate nature of all things, because he has achieved primordial wisdom. Emptiness and clarity are the clear aspects of the mind or consciousness.
Once this true meditation is there, one realizes that out of our mind or consciousness a continuous stream of thoughts emerge. On account of fundamental ignorance about the true nature of reality, living beings think they can achieve well-being without knowing that anything they do in the absence of wisdom and compassion to bring this about only brings on further suffering and pain.
One learns about the pure dharma, and afterward deeply contemplates its meaning and understands it. This is the true nature of the mind, settled into itself, but we are unable to believe it. We engender bodhichitta, while secretly cherishing our own desires.
Bad friends cast over us the shadow of their negative actions. One must not simply have trust in the root guru as a thought, this must spontaneously arise from inside oneself. Trust in our teachers have now steadily diminished.
Lord Buddha, too, was born and died, at which point he manifested Parinirvana. Inspire us to tame this savageness within our hearts. Further blessings are then transmitted by a Root Lama, until a disciple is able to realize the true nature of his or her mind and have pure faith.
Inspire us to cut confusion at its very root. When not getting our way we lose every conviction. With a few harsh words, we loose the armor of our patience.