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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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At the moment Hevajra appeared, true conviction and respect spontaneously arose out of Marpa. Since one believes in and is fixated upon a self, one falsely concludes one will live forever. Veiled by negative companionship like blurring cloudbanks, Spiritual activities are robbed by pointless talk. Teaching delivered in Frankfurt, Germany transcribed and edited May precious and supreme Bodhicitta that has not been generated now be so, And may precious Bodhicitta that has already been never decline, but continuously increase!

Anything done with self-centeredness destroys any goodness one may have been able to develop. This is the meaning of the beginning of the supplication, which is: Though the Dharma surely helps, we lack sincerity. Our Root Lama is the Buddha, a fact one needs to acknowledge and appreciate fully. She could even imitate him. Bring about the birth in our mind stream Of bodhichitta, the essence of emptiness and compassion.

This means one is not ignorant, as one must understand the teachings accurately. This spontaneous and unchanging devotion must come out from inside, it is what makes the activity of the teacher special.

Bless us that we realize the futility of this laa. Others have many qualities one refuses to acknowledge for one reason only – pride.



Westerners think that when their Lama died, he is gone and lost forever and they only need a new one. Just for food and clothing we discard the lasting good.

Our Lama is the essence of all Buddhas of the three times the past, present, and future. When not practicing Dharma, we are clever and our senses are clear. They both aim at enabling the practitioner to understand the Buddhist view of the world and reality; this view is that the mind should react properly and develop true awareness.

Inspire us to practice Dharma with more fortitude. Help to make dawn in our minds, bodhichitta, Emptiness filled with the heart of compassion.

Bless us that self-awareness by liberated into its ground. Yet, we put down others and broadcast their shortcomings, though they be minute as a sesame seed. Even when one does good, one is driven by the power of negative habits and becomes discouraged, tired, and sleepy, quite evident during intensive Dharma practice, such as in a retreat.

The above also applies to generosity, the reason this topic is emphasized again and again in the teachings and needs to be understood and cultivated. Some followers do not have a Root Guru. 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. This is why the student must call the Lama from afar.

If you do this, it is important to see the Karmapa as Vajradhara, the primordial Buddha and perfect source of the Oral Transmission Lineage in the Kagyu Tradition.

Look from the realm of the unified wisdom. One was miserly and only accumulated negative karma and so one owns a lot. Some kongteul seem to encounter problems throughout their entire life, while others never have accidents, hardly ever get sick, and the like. Inspire us to think sincerely we are merely mortals. 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.


Instead, one has confidence and turns towards meditation practice. While using dharma names we act exactly contrary.

Calling the Guru from Afar

Then a student can experience and realize the inner Lama. One comes out of emptiness and one disappears into emptiness, yes it is like this. He may be far away physically, he may even have passed away, and therefore we jmgon to him.

They lead their lives anticipating the fulfillment of their hopes and the elimination of their pain and fears. Behold us from the expanse of primordial wisdom, the union of appearance and emptiness. Such a spiritual friend can be anybody a disciple trusts.

When one receives new teachings, one is enthused and jumps into a new practice. Please bless us so that your Mind and ours be united without differentiation. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, please hear us. First we study, and laama contemplate the teachings, and then meditate; we rely on these methods to accomplish our task of gaining true awareness.

Although several devoted practitioners have encouraged me to write something like this for a long time, I neglected to do so. But, one always wants more. Bring us to see that all phenomena are like an illusion, kongfrul any true existence, And to realize appearance and mind arising as the three kayas.

Beginners jump from one practice to the next and this brings great obstacles.