Last night we practiced guru yoga and remembrance of my root guru, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, who passed away on March 27, nineteen years ago. In my lineage, the guru is very important. The guru is Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. He is everything: the three jewels and the three roots. My main practice is guru yoga. I always pray The Essence Request, as follows:
I pray to the precious guru:
Grant your blessing so that my mind may give up ego-clinging.
Grant your blessing so that contentment may arise in my being.
Grant your blessing so that non-Dharmic thoughts may cease.
Grant your blessing so that my own mind may be realized as unborn.
Grant your blessing so that illusion may be pacified in itself.
Grant your blessing so that phenomena may be realized as Dharmakaya.
Written by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, posted to Facebook on March 28, 2019