In the midst of the fear surrounding the spread of COVID-19, let us be true practitioners of the Dharma. We are taught to let the clear recognition of impermanence and uncertainty inspire within us a sense of sadness for the suffering of the world. We are taught that within this renunciation, we naturally give rise to love for all beings who are afraid. Then, when that love saturates the mind completely, there is no room for negativity, and clarity dawns.
These days, many of us are at home. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has advised us to spend this time in study and practice. It is a rare opportunity for so many sangha members to suddenly have the time and space, groundless and uncertain as it may be, to engage at once in the cultivation of stability, love, and openness. At Gomde we are steadfastly praying for the good health, well-being, and freedom of all of our sangha members and all beings. Let us do this together with pure aspirations and courage.
When asked which practices would be helpful at this particular moment, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche advised us to spend time accumulating the mantra of the Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari, who is associated with healing and the curing of contagious disease. Here is her mantra:
Whatever practices we do, we do with love for all beings, near and far. Bodhicitta is the nectar of fearlessness.