Letter of May 2007


The Zangdok Palri Institute (ZPI) organisers have asked me to write a short introduction to the first issue of their newsletter. This means, of course, that I have to write a short introduction to Dharma activity, but the organizers are very kind. I do not have to say much because their understanding of the Dharma is much better than mine.

I am very interested in their ideas and activity. It is completely meaningful, helpful and useful. It is also very inspiring because their attitude is altruistic. They want to make everyone happy. In order to do that, they must understand the situation of sentient beings. So, they must communicate, and the contact they make must be by way of the authentic Dharma.

The crucial point of the Dharma is Buddha's compassion, which is uncontrived and impartial. There is no difference between high and low, and so on. If someone wants to help, or if someone wants to ask for help, the best bridge between them is impartial compassion. Therefore, whoever is interested in contacting this organization will never be put down or cheated.

The organizers have no interest whatever in the eight worldly concerns. Power, control, and the like, is not their concern. They always try to do their best. Their activity is extraordinary, something to marvel at. In closing, I would like to thank them very much for giving me the opportunity of joining them in their excellent activity.

Written on the occasion of the First International Newsletter of the Zangdok Palri Institute, May 2007