Caring for the Dharma

12 March 2024

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,

This message is especially for those who are closely connected to me and to the teachings of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamgön Kongtrül.

The survival of the dharma relies on those who have a genuine stake in it. From my very deluded point of view, however, those who really care for the dharma are becoming fewer and fewer. I can only hope and aspire that the younger generation will crank up their dedication not just to promote themselves but to actually have genuine concern for the dharma itself.

Many of us may have encountered, know of, are connected with, or have stumbled into Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche whose uncompromising remarks and attitude we know can at times be controversial and add lots of fuel to heated discussions. Even his physical presence and seeming lack of interest in you, like sitting right in front of you but looking the other way, and appearing unaware of or at least deliberately not entertaining how modern people function — all that has sometimes raised eyebrows and led to questions and puzzlement.

Despite all that, from my own narrow-minded point of view, here is someone who really cares deeply for the dharma, especially for the teachings of the Lotus Born, and most especially for the lineage and teachings of Khyen Kong Chok Sum. As well, he has such clear and unshakeable knowledge that many of us — especially we disciples of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche — often seek his understanding and time to hang out with him to chat and fish for his views.

So, I personally feel that Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche’s wellbeing and longevity are of the utmost importance. If you share my view, I request you to do some Riwo Sangchö practice and the mantra of interdependent reality dedicated to his long life and the fulfilment of his wishes. For those of you who only see this man as an annoyance, you might as well save your precious time for a Taylor Swift show or for a treatment to burn off unwanted fat.

— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse



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