“Most people usually seek happiness from external material things, but these can never bring true happiness. From beginningless time, we have all tried to find happiness by improving material things and external conditions, but instead of making people happy, improving external conditions has only increased the suffering, dissatisfaction, fear, and danger in the world. We can see this very clearly. From our side, therefore, we need to seek happiness from a different source.
The determination to extract the meaning of our human life by engaging in a spiritual path must come from within, and will arise when we realize that following the ordinary paths of a worldly life will never bring true happiness but always suffering and dissatisfaction. When we understand that by following the spiritual path we can attain a deep and lasting happiness, we will make the decision, ‘I must make my human life meaningful by following the spiritual path.’ Having decided to follow the spiritual path our thoughts will naturally turn to relying upon a qualified Spiritual Teacher who can guide us on this path. Guru yoga is relying with strong faith on such a Spiritual Guide. “
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
What is a guru?
‘Guru’ is a Sanskrit word meaning spiritual guide. A spiritual guide is any spiritual teacher who sincerely leads us into correct spiritual paths by giving correct instructions and by embodying the teachings in their daily activities.
What is Guru Yoga?
Guru Yoga is a special way of relating to our own spiritual teacher where we regard them as an enlightened being. Guru yoga is a special and powerful method that enables us to receive the blessings of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and holy beings.
Reliance is the root of our spiritual path and the foundation of all our spiritual attainments and happiness. To make real progress, we need to learn how to receive wisdom blessings from all the Buddhas through relying upon a Spiritual Guide who guides us along the path.
What is merit?
Merit is the good fortune created by virtuous actions. It is the potential power to increase our good qualities and produce happiness. One of the main purposes of engaging in the practice of making mandala offerings is to create abundant merit that will enable us to effortlessly develop good qualities and fulfill our spiritual aspirations.
What is a mandala offering?
In this context, the mandala is the entire universe visualized as completely pure and offered to all buddhas, bodhisattvas, and holy beings. Through familiarity our faith and conviction will grow, and our determination to practice this will increase. Eventually we will feel that we are actually making a huge and generous offering to all the holy beings. From such a profound and special practice of giving we will of course receive wealth. Making mandala offerings is also a very powerful method to increase our merit, and to develop pure concentration. “
Come to this class to develop extraordinary confidence in your ability to overcome daily problems and experience inner peace and well-being through the essential practice of cultivating faith in a Spiritual Guide and the Practice of Mandala Offerings.