“A Spiritual Job” - Gyalwang Karmapa’s Advice to the Guru Sevakas
Tergar Shrine Hall, Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
January 2, 2014
Correct motivation is everything. Voluntary service at the 31st Kagyu Monlam is not the same as everyday work, but a “spiritual job”: a unique opportunity to accumulate merit through the use of our body, speech and mind. The Gyalwang Karmapa gave this advice to the 400 volunteers from all over the world gathered in the Shrine Room this afternoon for their special audience, prior to the 31st Kagyu Monlam.
His Holiness began with the oral transmission of the Chenrezig saddhana before speaking to the volunteers about the importance of establishing a correct motivation and using their service during Kagyu Monlam as an opportunity for spiritual development. It is not necessary, he emphasized, to be wealthy or powerful in order to benefit other sentient beings. All we need are our body, speech and mind. However, these need to be trained in order for us to be able to work for the benefit of others. We have to develop the wholesome qualities which we have naturally.
Having wished everyone health and the fulfillment of their wishes in 2014, His Holiness then presented each volunteer personally with a small gift — a signed postcard of a thangka which he had painted of Guru Rinpoche as Pema Jungne, and a card of the Guru Rinpoche Seven Line Prayer in Tibetan, Hindi, English and Chinese. The Gyalwang Karmapa has asked laypeople to recite this prayer during the Garchen Tsechu.