Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering Thubten Rigsel Rinpoche (Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup’s incarnation) a khata, Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, Nepal, December 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

“Cherishing the I is opening the door for all the problems, all the obstacles, all the undesirable things; and cherishing others is the source of all the happiness, opening the door for all the happiness for oneself. As I mentioned before, moment to moment, day to day, moment to moment, peace and happiness, when we generate this thought, when we transform our mind into this bodhichitta, then up to enlightenment, we achieve all the happiness from this. And from our bodhichitta numberless sentient beings receive happiness. All the happiness is received from our bodhichitta,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in a teaching just published in the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive December 2017 E-letter.

“So now, we put it this way. If we generated bodhichitta, if we changed our mind, our attitude, like Guru Shakyamuni Buddha did, like Maitreya Buddha did, if we changed our mind like them, then we would have been enlightened already. Then the numberless sentient beings who are dependent on us to receive teachings or to be guided, who are dependent on us—the numberless sentient beings who are dependent on us to receive guidance—they would have been enlightened already. The numberless hell beings, numberless hungry ghosts, numberless animals, numberless human beings, suras and asura beings who are suffering unimaginably now, they would have been enlightened already. But because we did not change our attitude; we kept the ego, the self-cherishing thought in our heart; we followed that and never changed; therefore these numberless sentient beings of each realm are still suffering unimaginably.

“Guru Shakyamuni, Maitreya Buddha and so forth, changed their attitude inconceivable eons ago and already enlightened numberless sentient beings. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second, they enlighten numberless sentient beings and bring them to enlightenment. Therefore, we can’t wait, we can’t stand it, we can’t wait, it’s so unbearable, we can’t wait. How urgent it is, because there are numberless other beings who are suffering, who are dependent on us to receive guidance.

“We can understand by the example of how many sentient beings there are who are dependent on us to receive guidance. For example, in this life after we met the Dharma, then how many—many of us can use that example—how many people have met Dharma by our talking to them, only then they met Dharma. Even though there are numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas, only after they met us and heard teachings about meditation, then they got inspired and they continued to learn and follow the path, so how many people that happened for. That is an example, so there are numberless other sentient beings who are dependent on us to receive guidance in order to achieve enlightenment. Therefore, we need to generate bodhichitta without delaying even for a second.

“And then, we need to let go of the I and cherish sentient beings. We need to generate bodhichitta. We can’t wait, we can’t delay, it’s unbearable to delay even for a second, a minute or a second.” …

You can read the complete teaching, which was given during a retreat at Institut Vajra Yogini in France in 2003, in the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive December 2017 E-Letter:

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