March 15 Homework


Questions:

“sentient beings’ karma and the buddhas’ actions have equal power” — as quoted by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in a commentary on a Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga text. Please explain this quote.

“Giving to your Guru is the same as making continual offerings to all the Buddhas. From such giving much merit is gathered. From such collection comes the supreme powerful attainments of Buddhahood.” 50 verses of guru devotion ~ Asvaghosa Please explain this verse. Hint: remember the Six Perfections?

“Having become the disciple of such a protecting Guru should you then despise him from your heart, you will reap continual suffering as if you had disparaged all the buddhas.” 50 verses of guru devotion ~ Asvaghosa Please explain this verse. Are the faults that you are seeing coming from your side? Or the teacher’s side? Is the teacher testing you?

In a teaching on faith, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche used the analogy of someone throwing down a strong rope to a person who had fallen down into a deep pit. What do you think he meant? Hint: the rope is the faith.

Meditation:

please read and reflect on this prayer:

The Hundred Deities of the Land of Snow http://www.gadenforthewest.org/prayers/LamaTsongKhapaSadhana_1_5.pdf

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