Buddhist teachings are based on universal truths. Hence, Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' salvation activities also spread in accordance with causal laws. When some sentient being's connections with Dharma are neither proper nor sufficient, that would not be the time for conversion. Even among those having connections with the Dharma there are wide variations in their propriety, intimacy and duration; consequently, on the path to enlightenment ordinary practitioners are full of abrupt performances. The grand patriarch of Tantra, Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, promised that all having connections with him, regardless of what kind of connection, would be benefited rightly, i.e., be led by him through his great wisdom, great compassion and great power to eventually reach Buddhahood. Those of us that are fortunate enough to have become acquainted with Tantric teachings should endeavor to accumulate meritorious connections so that the fruits of our practices would mature sooner. The foundational practices for Tantric novices lay stress on reduction of karma and cultivation of merits so as to build a solid foundation for more advanced Tantric practices. People having Dharma connections need not have sufficient meritorious connections to receive Tantric teachings and blessings. Therefore, dedicated practitioners should pay special attention to the cultivation of meritorious connections.
Written in Chinese on November 2, 2004
Translated on November 7, 2004
El Cerrito, California