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New Message from Rinpoche

Published on 24 April 2018

To whom it may concern.

I have recently noticed people trying to sell items that they claim to be personal belongings of the great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro.

While some claims may possibly be true, it is of utmost importance – regardless of such claims – not to encourage this trade, as some are doing by paying exorbitant prices for these objects.

I personally know that some of my own students, with a very good heart, want to buy these objects in order to protect them. While I very much appreciate their good motivation, we really need to discourage and stop this trade, which is very harmful.

Already, many monasteries throughout the Himalayan region are suffering from such commerce. And in the longer run, no matter how sacred an object may be, it is never good to think of or treat it as a commodity or investment, which creates great misunderstanding. If you buy it, even with good intention, you foster a very bad habit that will be passed on to many others who are extremely materialist.

If you really have extra money to spend, then it will create far more benefit to translate a single page of the Kangyur through 84000, or to help Khyentse Foundation support a nun to do retreat for even a week or a Cambodian monk to study the dharma. That is also my wish.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

 

敬启者:

最近,我注意到有人试图兜售一些他们宣称是尊贵的蒋扬钦哲旺波和蒋扬钦哲确吉罗卓的私人物品。

虽然有些宣称可能是真的,但至关重要的是,无论宣称的真实与否,都不该鼓励这样的交易行为,尤其是有人正为此些物件付出离谱的价钱。

据我个人所知,我的一些学生,出于善良的发心,想要买下这些物件以保护文物。我非常欣赏他们良善的动机,但我们真的需要对这种极具伤害性的交易行为,说“不”。

喜马拉雅地区的许多寺庙,已经深受此类交易之害。同时从长远来看,无论一件物品神圣几许,把它视为或当作商品或投资,都极为不妥,会造成巨大的误解。即便你出于好的意图购买了它,也助长了一种非常糟糕的惯习,并将感染很多原本就物欲极强的人。

如果你确实有多余的金钱想花掉,通过捐赠给“八万四千•佛典传译”,资助一页《甘珠尔》的翻译;或是帮助钦哲基金会支持一位僧尼即便只为期一周的闭关,抑或一名柬埔寨僧侣研习法教,将产生更广大的利益。而这,也是我的心愿。

宗萨蒋扬钦哲