I have become very interested in the Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism, founded around 200 years after Buddha was alive by a great teacher, Atisha. (pictured above) All the following daily entries are from the booklet "The Kadampa Way of Life - the essential paractice of Kadam Lamrim", published by Tharpa Publications, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003 by Ghese Kelsang Gyatos Rinpoche and the New Kadampa Tradition 2003. For more information, go to http://www.kadampa.org/.
"When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet, he first went to Ngari, where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the discples of Jangchub O. After two years had passed, he decided to return to India, and Jangchub O requested him to give one last teaching before he left. Atisha replied that he had already given tehm all the advice they needed, but Jangchub O persisited in his request and so Atisha accepted and gave the following advice:
Friends, since you already have great knowledge and clear understanding, whereas I am of no importance and have little wisdom, it is not suitable for you to request advice from me. However, because you dear friends, whom I cherish from my heart, have requested me, I shall give you this essential advice from my inferior and childish mind.
Friends, until you attain enlightenment,, the Spiritual Teacher is indispensable, therefore rely upon the holy Spiritual Guide.
Until you realize ultimate truth, listening is indispensable, therefore listen to the instruction of the Spritual Guide."