Nangten Menlang - Buddhist Medical Center

Student - April 12, 2011

Dear Tulku Lama Lobsang,

I would like to now how to do the Tonglen correctly?. Its is posible to benefit someone who is suffering ...if whe see him/her walking in street or to anyone unknown who is sitting behind, or so far away?
2.- Could the Tonglen be effective if the person who recive it does not want to be or recive help?

Thanksfully Ana

Response from Tulku Lobsang:

The main purpose and benefit of Tonglen is to be free of your own problems. If you are a very highly accomplished Tonglen practitioner it is possible that you can also alleviate the suffering of others. But mostly, we are beginners. This practice mainly helps ourselves. But still, I'm sure if we really practice, we can bring some benefit for the problems of others.

~Tulku Lobsang

Answered on July 24th, 2011
New York City, NY, USA