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You are the Guru, you are the Yidam, you are the Daka and Dharma Protector; From now until I attain enlightenment I shall seek no refuge other than you.  In this life, in the bardo, and until the end of my lives, please hold me with the hook of your compassion, Liberate me from the fears of samsara and peace, bestow all the attainments, be my constant companion, and protect me from all obstacles.
- from “Offering to the Spiritual Guide” sadhana

You are the Guru, you are the Yidam, you are the Daka and Dharma Protector;
From now until I attain enlightenment I shall seek no refuge other than you.
In this life, in the bardo, and until the end of my lives, please hold me with the hook of your compassion,
Liberate me from the fears of samsara and peace, bestow all the attainments, be my constant companion, and protect me from all obstacles.

- from “Offering to the Spiritual Guide” sadhana

Lamrim 21: Relying upon a Spiritual Guide

By relying upon our Spiritual Guide we shall receive the following benefits: 1) They will lead us along the spiritual path, the only way to solve all our problems and make our life meaningful. 2) Their blessings will gradually draw us closer to the attainment of full enlightenment. 3) All the Buddhas will be delighted with us. 4) We shall be protected from harm caused by humans and non-humans. 5) We shall find it easy to abandon our delusions and non-virtuous actions. 6) Our practical experience of the spiritual path will increase. 7) We shall never be born in lower realms. 8) In all our future lives, we shall meet well-qualified Spiritual Guides. 9) All our virtuous wishes for beneficial conditions within samsara, as well as for liberation and enlightenment, will be fulfilled.

Having repeatedly contemplated all the benefits of relying upon a Spiritual Guide mentioned above, make the strong determination: I must sincerely rely upon a Spiritual Guide. This determination is the object of the meditation.

Meditation break: put this determination to rely upon your Spiritual Guide into practice.

This completes the 21 Lamrim meditation. Lamrim practitioners will repeat the cycle starting back with the first mediation on a Precious Human Life, and continue the cycle over and over as their main mediation practice.

purpleaggregates:

‘Oh Protector of the Land of Bliss who bestow without effort
The immeasurable joy of immortality the moment we think of your breathtaking body,
Beautified by the major and minor marks,
Please send down a rain of attainments of long life and exalted wisdom.’ - from Spontaneous Accomplishment of Wishes, Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

This special prayer was written by Venerable Geshe-la’s root Guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche at the request of the students at Manjushri Center.

(Reblogged from purpleaggregates)
Je Tsongkhapa lived in Tibet from 1357 to 1419. When he was born, special signs showed he was Buddha Manjushri appearing in the world again. Later, people understood that he held in his heart the wisdom, compassion and spiritual power of all the Buddhas. Guru Tsongkhapa had miracle powers, but he never used them in public or acted high or special. He was always seen to be humble, showing a perfect example of a Buddhist monk, and giving pure and clear Dharma teachings to help everyone. Through Je Tsongkhapa’s kindness we have Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in our life today. There is no one kinder than our Guru, Je Tsongkhapa!

Je Tsongkhapa lived in Tibet from 1357 to 1419. When he was born, special signs showed he was Buddha Manjushri appearing in the world again. Later, people understood that he held in his heart the wisdom, compassion and spiritual power of all the Buddhas. Guru Tsongkhapa had miracle powers, but he never used them in public or acted high or special. He was always seen to be humble, showing a perfect example of a Buddhist monk, and giving pure and clear Dharma teachings to help everyone. Through Je Tsongkhapa’s kindness we have Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in our life today. There is no one kinder than our Guru, Je Tsongkhapa!

Happy Tsog Day!

Happy 82nd birthday Geshe-la!
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born on Buddha’s Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day, June 4th. For thousands of students around the world Geshe Kelsang has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.

Happy 82nd birthday Geshe-la!

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born on Buddha’s Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day, June 4th. For thousands of students around the world Geshe Kelsang has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.

Advice from Atisha’s Heart - how to rely upon a Spiritual Guide

We need to have this precious mind of bodhichitta in our heart. It is our inner Spiritual Guide, who leads us directly to the state of supreme happiness of enlightenment; and it is the real wishfulfilling jewel through which we can fulfil our own and others’ wishes. There is no greater beneficial intention than this precious mind.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Modern Buddhism”
Throughout our life we try very hard to accumulate so many things such as wealth and possessions, but finally without choice everything that belonged to us passes to others; we can carry nothing with us to our next life. The real meaning of human life is finding and following the correct path to enlightenment, and the supreme correct path to enlightenment is Highest Yoga Tantra, especially Mahamudra Tantra.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Mahamudra Tantra”