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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Bless us that we see our own faults.

Calling the Guru from Afar | Lotsawa House

It is important to know that the root guru is the one who enables the practitioner to see the nature of the mind. For a dedicated pupil who has certainty in the fact that his or her Lama is the embodiment of all Buddhas, distance is irrelevant.

May peace and happiness fully arise for beings as limitless in number as space is vast in its extent. Bad friends cast over us the shadow of their negative actions. We take the form of a Dharma practitioner, while konggrul in non-dharmic pursuits. One needs to accumulate positive karma by engaging in wholesome activities and by refraining from negativity.

Even now, people are passing away, one after the other. When one suffers and experiences a slight headache, one complains. The other possible way is to have deep conviction in the most important points of the dharma; one understands and follows the basic teachings of the Buddha without failure. Though our faults are mountains we maintain them veiled capling others. As said, genuine practice of the Buddhadharma is most helpful at death. Behold us from the expanse of the dharmakaya, free of fabrication, We wander in samsara through the force of negative karma; Bring us to rebirth in your pure land of bliss.


Negative people do not have a good influence on others but lead them astray; and ensuing negative activities cause one to become even more confused. Beginners need to check their attitude and look at their own mind, then they will be able to have pure mamgon for the outer manifestation of the Lama, which becomes natural and spontaneous while practicing advanced stages of the path.

Bless us that, free of obscurations, our devotion increases. Help to make vanish the four states of rhe So practice-moods and the insights are perfected.

Out of this understanding, based on the relationship of Naropa and Marpa, did the Kagyu Tradition develop. If one has the eighteen conditions the eight callling and ten opportunities that constitute a precious human birth then one will definitely encounter the Buddhadharma in this life and be in a favorable situation to practice without hindrances. If one cannot develop true patience, unpleasant situations cause one to lose the patience one has been able to develop with so much energy and exertion.

Karmapa, lord of all worlds, please hear us. Gaze from your realm of five-colored rainbows. In the beginning jagmon make ourselves believe that it comes from somebody else. It is very important to appreciate this fact while doing a retreat and afterwards too. Though we have not the slightest good qualities, we boast saying how great we are. All our previous actions have become the cause of suffering. Look from the realm of sublime, perfect action. The subsequent section enumerates our faults and our requests to our lama for specific blessings.


Kagyus, four great and eight small, please hear us. Look from your personal knowing, the pure realms. Tangtong Gyalpo, great siddha, please hear us. Everyone is selfish, thinks they have outstanding qualities and are superior to others only on account of their attachment to themselves. Therefore one practices sincerely and fervently during life.

But all this is impermanent, too, and ends at death.

I wish to mention a few problems I have noticed concerning the outer and inner Lama. The Fourth incarnation now offered a long white kata, which he laid out over the blossoms, and then descended to take his seat on the throne.

Calling the Guru from Afar

Look from compassionate states taming beings. Help us to spread the light of great knowledge. While listening to czlling teachings of Lord Buddha, one hopes to understand them. There is an example I will give now, right from Buddhist history, about developing the correct view towards the root guru; the example is from the relationship of Naropa and Marpa.

So it is necessary to repeatedly reflect the immediacy of death in order to understand that it is necessary to practice.