May 8: We heard this morning that Geshe-la is out of hospital and no longer needs oxygen. He is back at Kopan Monastery and recovering. Kopan monastery is taking good care of Geshe-la; they have also arranged pujas for him after Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommended them. FPMT and Kopan are coordinating his care in Kathmandu.
Our dearest resident teacher, Geshe Thubten Sherab, traveled to Nepal in March to help take care of his sick uncle and elderly father. Unfortunately, he contracted COVID a couple of weeks ago and now has complications resulting from it. (In his natural humility, he didn’t want to worry his students, so we learned of this very recently.)
We are all very worried of course. And as you read this, we expect you are worried as well. The most beneficial thing that students can do at this time is make prayers for his swift recovery and a long and healthy life.
These prayers are essential because they purify any negative seeds toward the guru that we students may have collected in our mind-streams over many lifetimes, and creates the conditions for our spiritual mentors to continue to guide us in this life. Moreover, making prayers together as a community has extra power and benefit.
Community prayers for Geshe-la
We will hold long life prayers for Geshe Thubten Sherab until his recovery. We will recite the Praises to 21 Taras and the Medicine Buddha Mantra.
Saturday May 8, 5pm-7pm Mountain Time
Led by Geshe Gelek, Resident Teacher at Kadampa Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
If unable to enter via Zoom (participant limit 100), please view via our Facebook Page.
May 12-May 29:
Saturdays 5pm-7pm Mountain Time
Wednesdays 7pm-9pm Mountain Time
Prayers for students to do at home
When we asked Lama Zopa Rinpoche for advice for Geshe-la’s long life, he recommended that students do the general Covid practices for Geshe-las benefit.
Additionally, when students asked for advice on practices they can do at home for his long life, Geshe Sherab suggested that his students recite the Praises to the 21 Taras or Tara mantras.
Please send us the total number of recitations on a weekly basis and we will send the total monthly to him to show that students are really making an effort to create the conditions for his long life. Here’s how:
Fill out this form (preferred) or
Send an email to Shankha Mitra, spiritual program manager, at email@example.com with the subject “Tara recitations”. Please mention your name, whether you are reporting Tara Praises or Tara mantras, and the number.
Many have asked how they can send cards and good wishes to Geshe-la. We are arranging a way online for you to do so, but in the meantime, you can send cards by postal mail to the address at the bottom of this page and we will arrange for them to be delivered to Geshe-la when Kathmandu opens.
Prayers at other centers
Geshe-la’s many far-flung students and many FPMT centers around the world are also offering prayers for his long life. You can visit their websites for information on their events.