Choose your guru always
Always choose your guru over everyone else
I took this picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles. Zong Rinpoche was very affectionate to me and had the strongest impact in my mind, practice and life. I felt connected with him and could not believe I was in the presence of living Buddha when I first met him. I could not believe I can take teachings/initiations/vows from Him. My faith in Him till now even 30 years later is just as strong if not stronger and my devotion to Him is constant. I have full faith and love in this root guru of mine. I miss Him everyday of my life. I will never forsake him to listen to all the samsara in my mind no matter what inner and outer turmoil I go through. I will keep my samaya with Him always and keep His lineage in my mind and surroundings for the rest of my life. I will be loyal to Him and no ‘friends’ or detractors will sway my thoughts about my guru ever nor will I ever abandon Him. My ‘friends’ with good or bad intentions only have ignorance and more indulgences in samara to sway me to leading to more problems. My guru leads me to Nirvana, peace and light. It may be difficult at first, but worth it. I will always choose my guru over the Mara like beings who speak from karma and ignorance. No matter what others may say, do or insinuate, I will keep my guru samaya pure with His Holiness the Illustrious Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who is no other than Buddha Heruka to me. Tsem Rinpoche
We can be near a lama, learn from the lama, hang out with the lama and even ‘serve’ the lama, but without focus and devotion our mind and practice will not improve. It might even degenerate where we have wrong views always and the wrong views take over. Devotion is important as it generates merit to overcome our negative habituations and thinking. Always meditate and focus on the lama’s good qualities daily and keep the neurosis in check by not entertaining it. Remember and share all the kindnesses the lama has given to you and let others know. When you share and remember, it keeps our mind in a mode of appreciation. If we want, we can even have negative views of Lord Buddha Himself due to our lack of contemplations. So it’s not the lama, but our mind.
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