I am very fortunate to have been offered a copy of a book published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. The book is entitled “The Heart of the Path” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, edited by my dear friend Ven. Ailsa Cameron.
Here is an extract, to encourage you to buy this book immediately! Page 21:
How does this power of the guru come about? It is a dependent arising; it comes about through causes and conditions. Phenomena exist in dependence upon many factors and each phenomenon has its own nature, power and function. The power created by the meeting of the guru and a disciple is a dependent arising, like two atoms meeting to produce nuclear power or two batteries meeting to produce a charge. For example, a flashlight needs two batteries to produce light; one battery is not enough but if we align the positive and negative ends of two batteries, light is produced.
How does that person become the most powerful in our life? It happens the moment we make a Dharma connection with him. The moment we establish Dharma contact with someone with the recognition of a guru-disciple relationship, that person becomes the most powerful object in our life, more powerful than numberless buddhas. Once we recognize that person as our guru, the one we will rely upon to guide us to the happiness of future lives, liberation and enlightenment, and ourselves as his disciple, that person – whether he is an enlightened or ordinary being, lay or ordained, Tibetan or Western, male or female – becomes the most powerful object for us. So, it’s a mental thing. The power is created by our making that decision to recognize someone as our guru and then making Dharma contact, not from whether or not the person is an enlightened being. The moment that person becomes our guru, he becomes the most powerful being in our life, even if he is not a buddha or even a bodhisattva but just a very ordinary being.
I have arrived in Gudalajara, Mexico and we start the teaching programme this Thursday for two weeks and then on to Durango. I am well, my arm is receiving physiotherapy which helped enormously, but still it is going to take more time to heal completely. With much love from Venerable.