A Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
I am happy to know that a group of people led by Marc Wennberg under the banner Triptych Journey have made a film about Acharya Padmasambhava, Lobpon Rinpoche or Guru Rinpoche as most Tibetans refer to him.
Buddhism was established in Tibet due to the kindness and combined efforts of a trio known as the Abbot, Guru and Dharma King. They were the Bodhisattva Abbot Shantarakshita and the great adept Padmasambhava, who were both Indians, and the Tibetan King, Trisong Deutsen.
Padmasambhava took a really long view. In the texts he left us we can see how concerned he was about the Tibetan nation. We could almost say he had a dual responsibility. As a Buddhist master he had a role to help all sentient beings achieve Buddhahood, but, because he had responded to Trisong Deutsen’s and Shantarakshita’s requests for help, he also took on a special responsibility for the welfare of the Tibetan nation, a responsibility to help preserve Tibet. He contributed to creating conditions for the vibrant legacy of education and training in philosophy, monastic discipline, ritual and meditation that we preserve today.
Here in Dharamsala, at this critical time in Tibetan history, besides statues of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, we installed a statue of Guru Rinpoche in our Tsuglagkhag or main temple, and introduced the collection of prayers to him, specifically for the cause of Tibet.
I have no doubt that this film (Precious Guru) will reveal the immense esteem and respect in which Guru Rinpoche is held by Tibetans and people throughout the Himalayan region. I commend the project and encourage others too to support it in whatever way then can.”
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