Calling the Lama From Afar

Guru Padmasambhava

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Experiencing the Hook of Compassion”

In our tradition, in preliminary practice, we practice this “Calling the Lama from Afar,” and it’s a haunting practice. It will bring tears to one’s eyes if one practices it with a full heart and really does one’s best. When that begins to happen, there is a change in the student. There is truly a change. Often that is when the lama, the teacher, first begins to notice the student. That is when the lama takes an awareness of the student. That is when the student comes into the lama’s mind and the lama comes into the student’s mind. That is when this tremendous bridge, this perfect bridge, is formed that is everything, really everything, on the Path. Without it there is only dressing up in Dharma clothing like a peacock, you know. There is nothing without that. So that is necessary.

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4 thoughts on “Calling the Lama From Afar

  1. I have heard, when a student focuses on devotion, then if the Lama is a realized Lama, the minds mix like milk and water. Om Benzar Sato Hung

  2. Despite our best attempts to rid ourselves of past mistakes, I find them chasing me like a shadow I’m too scared to face…

    At least that’s what I say when I wonder– have I wasted my life?

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