Dear Henry, Contemplate Daily ~ HE Tsem Rinpoche

Dear Henry,

I am happy to see your practice.

It’s ‘funny’, but at the time of death, considering all of our activities in our lifetime, the ‘activity’ below are the ONLY ACTIONS that will help you at the decisive moment of death.

When you do your daily practices as written below, please add death meditation while you are doing them. Daily be focused on your death meditation. Be creative… sometimes see yourself dying in a car accident with all the pain and gore… see yourself with a disease and dying slowly, or suddenly in your sleep… die different ways daily in your practice…. Contemplate in detail the death of your body, how your body will rot and decay. How you have taken care of your body and give it so much ‘pleasures’ yet it is a traitor dying and rotting on you. Yes, your body is not yours. See your body rotting, stench filled,  decaying and infested with maggots. See the maggots really eating away at your body, till it becomes bones… and identify that this body IS NOT HENRY. Henry is not this body, although Henry was connected to this body… think deeply on that while you do your black tea, mantras, recitations, and prostrations… Don’t imagine your body decaying, but ’see’ it with your mind’s eye. Make it real as possible as it will become real anyway eventually. Sometimes see your body being prepared for cremation, and see your body burning away. Do this type of death meditation daily… be aware of it… then your mind will shift even more… See your possession given away and your kids, friends, loved ones continuing after you are gone and how eventually you will be remembered less and less. People do not wish to forget you, but eventually will. Eventually they will be gone too. They will be forgotten… nothing but space remains… even that does not remain as we see it.

Everything that was identified as Henry’s or belonging to Henry will be gone. Then think within this ‘emptiness’ of non-existent Henry, what is important then? Think deeply. You don’t have to come out with any conclusions from this contemplation…just think. The purpose of this is not for a conclusion, but the whole process of death and visualizing it is highly important….Please do it Henry. Do it daily and do it creatively and do it with 100% conviction. Ask the Buddhas and Protector to give you realizations while doing this meditation. Add to the meditation on your own. Put more into than what I have written. Death meditation if done continuously is the one practice that will transform the mind, our actions, motivations and aspirations for a higher end. It will really change us for bigger and much better purposes.

With care, I’ve written this to you and now when I re-read it, I wish to share it with other liaisons and students also. Your email is private, but I will share as it will benefit. Don’t mind please.  I recommend the liaisons and students to do it also please… Henry, when the time of our lives come to an end, smile for a better journey ahead because you’ve ‘packed your bags and made good travel plans’.

Doing your practice, living a good life of Dharma, having a positive eventual death/bardo/rebirth/ and continuing your practice in the future is the ONLY PURPOSE WE MET. I am happy to have met you.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Henry is a long time student, everyday he does his sadhanas, prayers and prostrations as I have recommended specific ones for him. I added the above contemplations for Henry today to do while engaged in his daily recitations/practices/prostrations. I thought I’d share this email to him with everyone as it will benefit many I feel. Everyone may add the contemplations with their practice daily…

May everyone be ok always,

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Below is a sample of Henry’s email to update his daily practice to me:

 

 

Dear Rinpoche,

UPDATE

Below is the update of my practices for the month of:

 

MAY 2011

Om Mani Padme Hung – recited daily one mala since 4th June 2011. Also 10 mala since my Aunt passed away. Will continue until the 49th day.

Kangshag – read up to 5500, target 10,000.

Guru mantra – recited up to 316,000

A Gem to Increase Life & Wisdom – recited daily.

Peace mantra – recited daily.

Long Prostration – done 2800, started February 8th.

35 Confessional Buddhas – read daily, started February 8th.

Serkym and sadhana – daily.

 

APRIL 2011

Kangshag – read up to 4226, target 10,000.

Guru mantra – recited up to 220,000

A Gem to Increase Life & Wisdom – recited daily.

Peace mantra – recited daily.

Long Prostration – done 1710, started February 8th.

35 Confessional Buddhas – read daily, started February 8th.

Serkym and Sadhana – daily.

 

MARCH 2011

Kangshag – read up to 3665, target 10,000.

Guru mantra – recited up to 125,300

A Gem to Increase Life & Wisdom – recited daily.

Peace mantra – recited daily.

Long Prostration – done 1135, started February 8th.

35 Confessional Buddhas – read daily, started February 8th.

Serkym and sadhana – daily.

 

FEBRUARY 2011

Kangshag – read up to 3401, target 10,000.

Guru mantra – recited up to 562,000

A Gem to Increase Life & Wisdom – recited daily.

Peace  mantra – recited daily.

Long Prostration – done 341, started February 8th.

35 Confessional Buddhas – read daily, started February 8th.

Serkym and sadhana – daily.

 

JANUARY 2011

Kangshag – read up to 2785, target 10,000.

Guru mantra (started January 22) – recited 11,400. Offering up and requesting Rinpoche to live long.

A Gem to Increase Life & Wisdom – recited daily.

Peace mantra – after completion of 114,000 mantras, reciting one mala daily.

Serkym and sadhana – daily.

 

Love always,
Henry Ooi
Liaison to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

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