The Buddha said that supporting lay people with generosity is positive action because helping each other and having loving kindness is beneficial for other beings.
For example a zoo animal in a previous life may have been generous but didn’t do dedicate the merit for the benefit of all sentient beings and this is why reborn in animal realm but does not have to worry about getting food. Especially making offerings to true Dharma practictioner of unbroken lineage and realized masters and creates a connection between you, and the teacher.
This connection is generosity enlightenment, truly meaningful because even material offerings made from your good intensions and pure motivation will have great result. Why because this is supreme object is realization master or true dharma practitioner and also lay people create this connection through these offerings.
This is why great Mayasiddha Jetsun Milarepa said “between the Hermit meditating in the mountains and the sponsor who provides his sustenance is a connection that will lead them to enlightenment together. The heart of that connection is dedication of merit.”
This is why making offerings, no matter the size is so important. and offering made to true Dharma practice creates good karma and prosperity for this life and in future lives. although this is temporary it will lead to the ultimate result of enlightenment. When you are reborn then it is easier for you to have the causes and conditions of happiness because of your generosity in this life.
When we make an offering to the lay community without dedicating the merit any virtue is said to be contaminated but when we make offerings for Dharma activities and to Dharma practice and dedicate the merit it becomes uncontaminated merit. this kind of merit becomes like drops of water filling a never ending ocean. this teaching coming from the Buddha is so very important.
Welcoming Buddhist is under the direction of Shechen Monastery and the Kbyaje Khyentse Rinpoche Lineage and we like to provide these teachings to students in the west.
Here in the west we would like to have a retreat center for our students. Where we will be teaching general Buddhism particularly Nyingma lineage along with Kbyaje Khyentse Rinpoche’s Terma and bringing these teachings to the public. these very rare teachings come from 25 volumes of His Holiness Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings on the Mahayana and Vajrayana key points.
If we recognize all of the Buddha’s teachings and representations are collected in these 25 volumes this is a short lineage practice for our time and has great value. If we are smart we will take advantage of the value of the short lineage practice.
We are compiling these are very rare teachings and putting them together in a prayer book for the public. Welcoming Buddhist makes an offering to the Shechen Monastery in support of the Lineage where Venerable Lopon Osel studied.
Welcoming Buddhist also plans to help support monks, nuns and lay people trained in Tibetan Medicine and living in the Himalayan region. In these areas many people do not have access to proper medical care and we hope to make it more readily available to them.
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