Letter about praying for your and others' benefit

Dear friends,

As many of you know, almost 40 students of our Sangha are gathered together now in Dharma City in order to study Wisdom Chapter of Bodhicaryavatara with Patrul Rinpoche (from December 26 to December 31 of 2012). They are studying and practicing very diligently. Let us rejoice about their inconceivable merits.

In order to reply to many requests coming from students in different parts of the world, Rinpoche decided to continue accept requests for additional prayers to Sangha, as we already have been doing during previous Drupchen and Shedra courses this year.

1. Why is it beneficial to ask for prayers to the Sangha?

It is said that the power of prayers when the Sangha has come together is multiplied and becomes particularly powerful. Through that, great benefit can be accomplished.

2. How to send a request for additional prayers?

For instance, if you have a health-problem, some difficulties, obstacles and so on, or wish us to pray for the benefit of a particular person, or in order to support your future activity, you can send an e-mail to info@zpi.patrulrinpoche.net, by December 31st. 2012, 12:00 pm (of Belgium time GSM +1:00), in which you can write:

•the name of the person for whom you wish us to pray
•the purpose of praying or circumstances of the person
•the donation you intend to make
•whether all personal information (names of donator and person for whom we are praying) is confidential or not
•the way of transferring the money.

3. What happens when a request for prayers is received?

• When the Geku confirms that the donation has arrived, on the same or next day, he requests the assembly for additional prayers, announcing the name, purpose of praying and the donation amount in front of all the assembly.
• After the request is announced, all gathered members of the assembly including Rinpoche pray for you. (Please let us know if you'd rather any of the information should remain confidential. In this case, the Geku will only announce the amount and purpose of praying without specifying any names.)
• The timing, mantra to recite and its quantity will be decided by Rinpoche.
• The first day when the additional prayers can be done is December 27th and the last is December 31th.
• After that we will send you a confirmation e-mail with information when the prayers have been done.

4. How to donate

There are three ways to make a donation.

1. By PayPal, using your credit card. (Notes: 1. Add 4% to cover transfer costs. 2. The registration on PayPal site is not necessary required. You can just follow the link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CRK...).
2. By bank transfer (Belfius Bank, Boulevard Pacheco 44, 1000 Bruxelles. Account Holder: Dzogchen Gelek Palbar Ling ASBL IBAN: BE50 0682 2863 7818, SWIFT: GKCCBEBB.) (If you use bank transfer, please attach to e-mail detailed statement of bank transaction).
NOTE: All other ways of donating, particularly with requests to make a donation in the future are not accepted. Your understanding is appreciated.

The Coordination Team of Dzogchen Winter Retreat, 2012