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The vast and far-reaching benefits that accrue from building statues of Guru Padmasambhava and making offerings to the Guru are presented in this newly translated text.
Here, Guru Padmasambhava—deeply revered as the embodiment of the three times’ buddhas—is quoted as saying, “representations of the Guru that the Guru himself has not consecrated do not exist”. Everyone involved in the building of a Guru Padmasambhava statue, therefore, gains incredible merits:
”The sentient beings of the future who will not have met meBut who build a statue …In the form of an object of offering—a representation of Padmasambhava—Will attain the goal of the three kayas and will establish the victory banner of the teachings.Whoever aspires to and has devotion in this,Will gather all they wish for,Like a heap of jewels that has no increase or decline, and is a source of permanent bliss.”
Guru Padmasambhava also indicates that, with regard to the practice of generosity, offerings to representations of the Guru have unsurpassable benefits, and that the potency of such practice will be greatest on the tenth and twenty-fifth days of the lunar month (which we know as ‘tsog offering days’).
The translation of this Tibetan composition, which belongs to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s personal collection of Dharma texts, coincides with Rinpoche’s initiative to build a 60-foot (18-meter) tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava at a special spot of blessing close to the Maratika Treasury Cave, where the Guru and the wisdom mother, Princess Mandarava, accomplished immortality.
24 pages, 2021 Edition.