How did this come about? They said that Dharma practitioners face many obstacles, and asked what the best practice would be for dispelling these obstacles. Guru Rinpoche said that when practising the Dharma there will be outer, inner and secret obstacles. The buddhas of the past, present and future have not taught, are not teaching and will not teach a greater method than this. They saw that it was true, and that there was not any practice for removing obstacles greater than praying to the lama. He is the one who has granted us empowerments and teachings.
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How did this come about? They said that Dharma practitioners face many obstacles, and asked what the best practice would be for dispelling these obstacles.
Guru Rinpoche said that when practising the Dharma there will be outer, inner and secret obstacles. The buddhas of the past, present and future have not taught, are not teaching and will not teach a greater method than this. They saw that it was true, and that there was not any practice for removing obstacles greater than praying to the lama. He is the one who has granted us empowerments and teachings.
He himself has said that just as the deity who has a special karmic connection with Tibet is Avalokiteshvara , he is the master especially connected with Tibet. Out of compassion and as a result of aspiration prayers made in the past, he took birth deliberately to train beings in this land.
So for us the lama is definitely Guru Rinpoche. And therefore we need a special method for praying to him. He placed his right hand on the head of Yeshe Tsogyal, his left hand on the head of king Trisong Detsen and he touched his own forehead to the forehead of Prince Murub Yeshe Rolpa Tsal. Sambhogakaya, Great Compassionate One, to you we pray!
Please could you teach this not only for us disciples here now, but especially for beings in the future who have devotion to Guru Rinpoche. Above his head was the sambhogakaya four-armed Avalokiteshvara , and then the dharmakaya Amitabha. All around him were the twelve emanations of Guru Rinpoche , and at the four gates of the mandala were the four dakas together with their consorts.
He emanated this whole mandala directly and granted the disciples the empowerment. All the disciples received this empowerment there and then, took it into their experience, and then expressed their gratitude to Guru Rinpoche. They realized that through this practice it is possible to eliminate all obstacles and thereby receive all accomplishments.
In the actual text of this terma Guru Rinpoche speaks in some detail about its qualities and the benefits, but on this occasion I will just quote the following lines: If we make a connection with a Dharma for eliminating all obstacles like this, And practise approach and accomplishment that is excellent indeed, But even if we forge some slight connection, Then all obstacles—outer, inner and secret—will be eliminated, And the door to the lower realms will be closed forever.
If it proves otherwise, I Padma, have deceived the beings of the future. When he made this proclamation, Yeshe Tsogyal felt her devotion increase tremendously. With her unfailing memory she was able to recall every word that Guru Rinpoche spoke on this occasion. She asked Guru Rinpoche whether it would be best to spread these teachings straight away or to keep them for the sake of future generations. Now is the time for practising these teachings on your own, not for spreading them widely.
He advised them in precise detail about the exact location where these teachings should be concealed and exactly how they should be hidden. Yeshe Tsogyal wrote everything down on a white scroll with her own rakta in the secret dakini script. Then before he left for the land of the rakshasas , Guru Rinpoche examined the terma site of Danyi Khala Rongo and made sure there would be no obstacles. It was finally concealed there twelve years after he departed from Tibet. Then centuries later Chokgyur Lingpa discovered this terma at the age of about twenty-six or twenty-seven, and deciphered it together with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
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