Bodh Gaya: His Holiness the Dalai Lama conferred the White Heruka Long-life Empowerment-based on the Manjushri Cycle of Teachings in the lineage of Lama Umapa-on Sunday at Bodh Gaya.
As he prepared for the empowerment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the devotees that he had been feeling bilious and a little unwell the day before. However, with rest and the positive wishes of the general public, by afternoon he felt better.
“I took the empowerment long ago. I do the recitation and meditate on the winds in connection with this every day. It’s said that this is a practice that is especially beneficial in these degenerate times. It will serve as an auspicious conclusion to this year’s teachings in Bodhgaya,” he said.
“You need to check your motivation—think, ‘Since I’ve found this fortunate human rebirth and have met with the Buddha’s teachings, may I be of benefit to other beings.’ You have to work hard.
“Bodhichitta is the supreme means to cure beings of their ailments. It’s the remedy for disturbing emotions. It’s the one medicine that helps self and others. You have to train the mind to develop qualities like compassion to make it less stiff and more pliable.”
His Holiness guided the audience through the visualizations of the longevity empowerment. At appropriate points, monks passed through the crowd distributing long-life pills to eat and nectar to sip. At the end, he declared:
“I hope we’ll have the opportunity to complete this cycle of initiations another time. I expect to meet many of you here again in a year and it will be good if you can give an account of the progress you’ve made in your practice. I remember presenting what I’d understood to my teacher, who remarked, ‘It seems you’ll soon be something of a space-yogi’.
“You have to make an effort. It’s a bit of a shame if you receive a lot of teachings, but there’s no change in your understanding or in the warmth of your heart. You have to rely on the wisdom of listening, reflection and meditation. I’ve been meditating on emptiness for almost 70 years, helped by my mentor Ngödrup Tsognyi. As far as bodhichitta is concerned, to start with I thought it was too difficult, but I studied the ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ and ‘Precious Garland’ and kept up my efforts. If you can do that too, change will come. You have to work to incorporate whatever you hear or read into your practice—that’s the purpose of seeking to live long.
“Tomorrow, there’ll be a Long-life Ceremony based on White Tara that the Central Tibetan Administration, Namgyal Monastery and Shelkhar Ngashap are performing on my behalf.”
And with that, His Holiness came down from the throne, smiling and waving as he left the stage and returned to the monastery.
Report sourced from dalailama.com.