Advice: Dealing with the 2003 SARS Outbreak

February 3, 2003

We recently had contact with Lama Lobsang Chophel, traveling with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and have been instructed to share the information herein to the best of our ability. May all beings benefit!

Some students recently had the chance to ask His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, “With the wars always going on in the world and the chance that a more serious war could break out, what should we students pray?”

Rinpoche responded, “Pray to the three jewels, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and feel great compassion for all those who must experience the horrors of war – including the soldiers. There is nothing more powerful than that.”

He further chanted:

“Lama-la kyap su chi-o
Sangye-la kyap su chi-o
Cho-la kyap su chi-o
Gendun-la kyap su chi-o”

Which means:

“I take refuge in the Lama.
I take refuge in the Buddha.
I take refuge in the Dharma.
I take refuge in the Sangha.”

This is a particularly powerful prayer for those who have taken refuge vows, but even those who have not yet had that opportunity should feel no obstacle to chanting these lines as much as possible.

Also helpful for this practice is to remind ourselves of the teachings His Holiness allowed us to publish on the Palyul website. Click to read this teaching.