Dear Friends and Kind Helpers of The Bodhicitta Foundation,
It is with great personal human sadness, but also with great warm bodhicitta happiness that I share that Lama Gursam’s Father passed at 3:15 AM Tuesday morning December 11th, 2018 India time.
May he be escorted by Great Bodhisattvas to a place of comfort and achieve full enlightenment.
Lama Gursam was able to fly to India to spend time with his father before he passed, and appreciates all your kind thoughts and prayers.
Dear Dharma Friends, Coordinators, Sangha, and Students, I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am so fortunate to have gotten to meet you, and to share the precious Dharma. Your generosity has been what has made my visits possible. You have given me Dana in many forms: money donations, a place to teach, a place to stay, a listening ear, and a kind heart. I thank you each for your kindness, and request a shower of blessings upon you and your dear ones on this Thanksgiving Day. I was looking forward to visiting the North East before returning to India, but my father’s health required that I return immediately to Dharmsala and Bir, India. Fortunately, I was able to adjust my flight plans to return to Delhi sooner. I am providing loving support to my Father and my Mother on this Thanksgiving Day.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorites. The Lord Buddha in The Book of Causation (Nidanavagga) said: “Therefore , bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will be grateful and thankful, and we will not overlook even the least favor done to us.” Thus should you train yourselves.” ( p. 712, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, Samyutta Nikāya, translated by Bhikkhus Bodhi)
I again would like to thank each of you for your kindnesses. Many of you have been my Dharma friends for many years.
In the coming year of 2019, I plan on attending two rare and precious teachings in the Katmandu, Nepal region. I look forward to receiving transmissions of sacred lineage teachings, and keeping the teaching traditions alive and continuously vibrant. You are invited to assist me in attending these teachings. Please review the attached letter and teaching announcement documents . Please help me attend, if you can. As you all know The Bodhicitta Foundation is a 501 3 c Non Profit Charitable Organization, and your donations are tax deductible.
May you and your family have happiness and all its causes. May you be free of suffering, and all its causes. May you know true peace. May you share your blessings with others this Thanksgiving Day.
Lama Gursam visited Drikung Kagyu Meditation Center in Arlington, Massachusetts. He offered teachings on Bringing Dharma into our Daily Lives, on Milarepa, the Deer, The Dog and the Hunter and Breathing Meditations.
John Wenz is a close student of Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, and assits with The Bodhicitta Foundation projects.
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.