Dorje Shugden’s function is to arrange all of the outer, inner and secret conditions necessary for our swiftest possible enlightenment. We can invoke his function for the sake of ourselves and for the sake of others. The power and effectiveness of our requests to him are dependent upon the strength of our faith, the purity and scope of our motivation, and the extent to which we realize the emptiness of ourselves, Dorje Shugden and what we are requesting. If our faith is unshakable, our motivation bodhichitta and our realization of emptiness all encompassing, there is literally no limit to what Dorje Shugden can do. From a practical point of view, I rely on him for everything I do.
There are three main requests I make to him.
- Please arrange all of the (outer, inner and secret) conditions necessary so that everything is perfect for the swiftest possible enlightenment for everyone, including myself.
- Please bless me with the wisdom to see clearly how everything that has happened, is happening and will happen is perfect for everyone, including myself.
- Please arrange the conditions and bestow upon me the skilful means necessary so that I can share my perspective of how things are perfect with others when they are ready and in a way that they can accept and put into practice.
In general, a condition is perfect if it enables us to identify clearly our delusions, train in overcoming them, or it reveals to us in some way the truth of Dharma.
I believe that through relying upon Dorje Shugden in this way we can accomplish all of our spiritual wishes.
Your turn: Describe a situation where initially you thought something was a problem, but later you realized it was actually exactly what you needed for your practice.
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Struggling with depression and anxiety gave me the motivation to seek and eventually find Kadampa Buddhism. At the time, having those experiences was pure suffering but now I understand that if I had never had them, I would never have been in as good a place I am now, I would not have any idea about delusions, the meaning of life, where happiness and suffering come from and would have no opportunity to attain liberation or enlightenment or even to secure a happy and safe future for myself, let alone be able to teach others how to be happy.
So, having depression and anxiety actually was exactly what I needed to get me to the good place I am at right now. Come to think of it, I don’t know if it would have happened any other way…
Thanks Joel, you’re right.