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"It is said that all the buddhas of the three times-- those of the past and the present and those to come-- achieve buddhahood through reliance on a spiritual teacher.  The essence of reliance on a teacher is unceasing devotion, and the most effective means of generating and sustaining unwavering devotion is precisely the practice of guru yoga. Through this practice, devotion to the teacher takes firm root within us and eventually grows to pervade our entire being.  It protects our practice from obstacles and ensures progress on the path.  Devotion to the teacher is thus the core of all our spiritual practice, regardless of the particular stages of the path we cultivate.  For these reasons, guru yoga is considered the most vital and necessary of all practices and is in itself the surest and fastest way to reach the goal of enlightenment." Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, "The Wish Fulfilling Jewel"

 

 

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"He is like a great ship for beings to cross the perilous ocean of existence, an unerring captain who guides them to the dry land of liberation, a rain that extinguishes the fire of the passions, a bright sun and moon that dispel the darkness of ignorance, a firm ground that can bear the weight of both good and bad, a wish-fulfilling tree that bestows temporal happiness and ultimate bliss, a treasury of vast and deep instructions, a wish fulfilling jewel granting all the qualities of realization, a father and a mother giving their love equally to all sentient beings, a great river of compassion, a mountain rising above worldly concerns unshaken by the winds of emotions, and a great cloud filled with rain to soothe the torments of the passions.  In brief, he is the equal to all the buddhas.  To make any connection with him, whether through seeing him, hearing his voice, remembering him, or being touched by his hand, will lead us toward liberation. To have full confidence in him is the sure way to progress toward enlightenment.  The warmth of his wisdom and compassion will melt the ore of our beings and release the gold of the buddha-nature within." -Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, "The Wish Fulfilling Jewel"

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Here is an interesting line:

"For instance, Tilopa did not ask, and Dorje Chang did not offer, a single word of teaching, yet Tilopa was liberated.  This was due simply to the strength of Tilopa's devotion. If the disciple has the ring of faith and devotion, then the hook of the guru's wisdom and compassion will pull him swiftly to the land of liberation."

 

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"It is said that through strong aspiration and fervor anything can be accomplished. Similarly, if we think without the slightest doubt that Guru Rinpoche is truly present above our head, his blessings will flow down to us without interruption.  We must not think that he is possibly there, that he might be there at some future time, or that the Guru Rinpoche visualized above our head is no more than a mental construct or a substitute slightly inferior to the actual Guru Rinpoche who dwells on the distant Copper Colored Mountain.  We should be absolutely confident that he is present with all of his wisdom and compassion, and we should think that it is only due to our obscurations that we cannot readily perceive him.  Furthermore, we should not think that Guru Rinpoche dwells in so distant a place as to be unaware of us or of our supplications to him, or that in caring for so many sentient beings he could not possibly notice or remember us.  Guru Rinpoche has complete wisdom, loving-kindness, and ability. We must realize that even a prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the recitation of a single Vajra Guru mantra calling upon him, or even the raising of a single hand toward our heart in a gesture of devotion toward him or simply remembering him with clear faith, will be perceived by him, for he has full knowledge of our devotion.  As it is said, "The Buddha dwells in front of whosoever has faith in him." Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, "The Wish Fulfilling Mantra" p.26

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12 hours ago, FaXin said:

"It is said that through strong aspiration and fervor anything can be accomplished. Similarly, if we think without the slightest doubt that Guru Rinpoche is truly present above our head, his blessings will flow down to us without interruption.  We must not think that he is possibly there, that he might be there at some future time, or that the Guru Rinpoche visualized above our head is no more than a mental construct or a substitute slightly inferior to the actual Guru Rinpoche who dwells on the distant Copper Colored Mountain.  We should be absolutely confident that he is present with all of his wisdom and compassion, and we should think that it is only due to our obscurations that we cannot readily perceive him.  Furthermore, we should not think that Guru Rinpoche dwells in so distant a place as to be unaware of us or of our supplications to him, or that in caring for so many sentient beings he could not possibly notice or remember us.  Guru Rinpoche has complete wisdom, loving-kindness, and ability. We must realize that even a prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the recitation of a single Vajra Guru mantra calling upon him, or even the raising of a single hand toward our heart in a gesture of devotion toward him or simply remembering him with clear faith, will be perceived by him, for he has full knowledge of our devotion.  As it is said, "The Buddha dwells in front of whosoever has faith in him." Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, "The Wish Fulfilling Mantra" p.26

 

Thanks for posting. Devotion (faith and trust) are key elements that need to be pointed out. 

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On 8/19/2019 at 9:11 AM, Jeff said:

 

Thanks for posting. Devotion (faith and trust) are key elements that need to be pointed out. 

 

I agree. This seems to be the mechanism that allows one’s ego to step out of the way. 

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