I recently purchased Garchen Rinpoche’s biography, or Book One anyway. I am slowly reading through it, and thoroughly enjoying it. I just want to share some of Gar Rinpoche’s advice. I should mention that I believe this is incredibly wise advise, but each individual is unique in our karmic predispositions, so I would recommend seeking a spiritual teacher you resonate with before taking major action (or inaction!) on these words.
From page 24, The Lama of Many Lifetimes, book one:
“If you are truly my student, … then you will not generate hatred and anger even toward a person who comes to kill me. If you do, then I will have failed as your teacher! If it is his karma to kill and my karma to die, so be it, but as Garchen Rinpoche’s student, you must not lose your Bodhicitta and must continue to develop love and compassion for this person.”
“If someone for whom you care as lovingly as your child ends up wronging you, harming you, hurting you, beating you or abusing you, it does not matter, you resolutely must not forsake your Bodhicitta! Your body is what you will shed at the end of this life, but the equanimous love in your midstream is what you want to protect and bring with you throughout lifetimes.”
I’m not sure I would pass this test, as I see Garchen Rinpoche as such a precious being (yes, I might be attached to his living longer and spreading the Dharma).
Anywho, just passing along an incredible reminder from one of the Buddhist Saints. Thank you for reading.