Benefits of Je Rinpoche’s Practice

There are many benefits when one engages in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa or Je Rinpoche, as he is sometimes known. If you’re looking for a practice that is short, well-rounded and complete without having to keep various commitments and vows, the practice of Je Rinpoche is your ideal choice. To explain all these benefits in detail would yield enough content to publish a book. The following is a short and concise summary of the benefits of Je Rinpoche’s practice.

Note: Losang Drakpa – This is the ordination name of Lama Tsongkhapa and literally means “good mind famous” (or “virtuous mind which is well-known/famous”). Je Tsongkhapa is also known as Sumati Kirti (in Sanskrit).

The Benefits.

  1. We can pacify all our negative karma and obstacles in dependence upon the 7 links of Prostration (sometimes referred to as the “7 Limb Prayer”):
    1. Asking to remain
    2. Praise of Body, Speech & Mind
    3. Offerings
    4. Confession
    5. Rejoice
    6. Requesting teachings to form the Dharma
    7. Dedication
  2. This practice can increase your life – there is a meditation towards the end on the Lord of Death.
  3. As he is mainly the embodiment of Manjushri, we will increase our wisdom quickly – which is important as it is the antidote towards ignorance, the root of all sufferings. The best way to protect ourself from suffering is to increase wisdom.
  4. As we practice, we purify negativities of the Body, therefore our health will improve.
  5. We will make a connection with Maitreya Buddha. When Je Rinpoche passed away, he took rebirth as the Bodhisattva disciple of Maitreya called “Essence of Manjushri” or Jampal Nyingpo. From the Space of Maitreya’s truth body – clouds of his compassion for the beings of this world arise and as a result a rain of Dharma teachings descends upon beings through Je Tsongkhapa – as he descends from Maitreya’s heart.
  6. By this practice, one will gain a connection to be born as a disciple of the future Buddha Maitreya.
  7. Powa practice need not be practiced separately. Through this practice, one can take rebirth in Tushita or make a strong link to be born there eventually.
  8. On the basis of pacifying our negativity and obstacles, and increasing our lifespan, merit, compassion, wisdom and spiritual power, if we rely upon this practice we shall gain all the realizations of Sutra and Tantra easily, eventually attaining the states of Union of no more learning or Buddhahood.
  9. If we follow the tradition of Je Tsongkhapa, we will be able to understand his commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings easily.
  10. A class of spirits such as Pehar cannot harm us. Yamantaka or “Shinje She” means “opponent of outer, inner and secret obstacles”. This practice of Gaden Lhagyama and Migtsema are powerful methods for pacifying the three types of obstacles.
    1. Outer obstacles which include harm from humans or non humans, changes from the outer elements such as fire and water, different kinds of accidents, lacking necessary conditions for spiritual practice.
    2. Inner obstacles which include sickness, strong delusions, and negative thoughts that arise within our mind.
    3. Secret obstacles which are ordinary appearance, ordinary conceptions and subtle dualistic appearance.
  11. One will have harmony as Je Rinpoche is the Bodhisattva Vajrapani who pacifies the outer and inner disharmony in our lives if we rely upon him.
  12. The four separate practices of Riksum Gonpo and Maitreya will be accomplished at once.
  13. One will be able to make merit all day long and night in between the meditation sessions when in the practice. Je Rinpoche has dissolved into oneself.

RECEIVING ATTAINMENTS AND PURIFYING IMPURITIES

  1. Purifying impurities – This is very important to break our negative habits, change our laziness, avoid diseases, anger and repercussions.
  2. Receiving Attainments – This is in two parts – Attaining realizations on the stages of the path and the Seven Wisdoms. Attaining realizations – recite Yonten Shigyurma before the dissolution and after Migtsema. This will help us understand Dharma, Lamrim and realize it easier.
  3. The Seven Wisdoms

    1. Great Wisdom – To understand the true nature of things so that the practitioner is able to renounce easily.
    2. Clear Wisdom – To understand the subtle teachings such “Emptiness”.
    3. Quick Wisdom – To dispel doubts, wrong conceptions and unknowns in our mind. We understand the actual nature of these objects.
    4. Profound Wisdom – To understand the scriptures easily.
    5. Knowledge Wisdom (to expound the Dharma) – This is the special wisdom to:
      1. Understand the listeners aptitude.
      2. Speak in an orderly manner.
      3. Provide analogies and conclusive reasons.
      4. Help us become good teachers.
    6. Wisdom of Spiritual Debate – To eradicate ignorance through skill of words.
    7. Wisdom of Composing Dharma books – To have thorough understanding of subject matter, confidence to write, and for the book to reach many and bless them.

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