1. WISH-FULFILLING GEM
The Buddha emanates through the person of the lama in the same way that sunshine illuminates the earth under a clear sky. Because of this, in Vajrayana Buddhism, it is taught that a relationship with a qualified lama is the source of all blessings. The words are taken from an English translation of a traditional Tibetan prayer known as Calling the Lama from Afar, composed by Jamgon Kongtrul (1813 1899), purposed to strengthen the bond with the spiritual lineage of wisdom teachers, those positive influences in our lives who may live at a distance, be deceased or only be seen in person occassionally. To intensify devotion and give voice to the longing for full awakening and the liberation of all beings from suffering, mind turns toward its transcendent source.