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By Ven. Sarah Thresher
While Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been staying at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, he has been engaged in many practices during Losar and the two weeks that follow. Ven. Sarah Thresher has been participating in these virtuous activities and shared this report.
Rinpoche has been giving the oral transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light during the two weeks following Losar at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya.
The setting is stunning with a backdrop of the golden floodlit stupa and 100,000 multicolored light offerings around us.
Before the transmission Rinpoche does korwa [circumambulation] and blesses and offers the light offerings, which are part of Root Institute’s Festival of Lights and Merit. Rinpoche has commented many times how beautiful they are and also that people who are sponsoring them have so much in which to rejoice.
Then there is a motivation for the transmission, and we begin the journey through the marvelous world of the Sutra of Golden Light, with Rinpoche pausing now and then to translate some of the mind-blowing benefits of the sutra spoken by the buddhas, bodhisattvas, goddesses, deities, guardians, etc.
On one evening, Rinpoche quoted from Chapter 10 where the Goddess Drdha explains how simply listening to the Sutra of Golden Light delights hundreds of thousands of millions of buddhas, frees beings from the lower realms and causes beings to be born in the higher realms for hundreds of thousands of rebirths. The benefits come from hearing even one chapter, one four-line verse, one word or the name of the sutra.
Rinpoche told the story that he took a bite of food in Malaysia and felt a toothache, so he just remembered the Sutra of Golden Light and the pain disappeared.
“Whatever problem you have,” Rinpoche said, “just by thinking of the Sutra of Golden Light, your problem has gone. When you are experiencing black magic, spirit harm, sicknesses that doctors cannot cure and other problems, one very good solution is to recite the Sutra of Golden Light.” And this can also help in countries where there is a lot of fighting and problems.
Read more from Ven. Sarah Thresher on Rinpoche’s activities during Monlam.
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