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.
Noble one, think of yourself as someone who is sick,
Of the Dharma as the remedy,
Of your spiritual teacher as a skilful doctor,
And of diligent practice as the way to recovery.
Gaṇḍhavyūha Sūtra Don’t feel sad Ananda,
Don’t lament Ananda,
In future times I will
Take the form of spiritual teachers,
To help you and others.