I recieved a red mala from Rinpoche as a gift. Do you know if this particular mala has any definitive qualities that are specific to this mala. I think that the mala is either red coral or something similar I am not sure.
I believe there is always ways to help others, however sometimes it is hard to prioritize what what be most helpful for others and what brings ultimate benefit. We could stand at the post office and open the door for every dear old lady that walks up all day long, but there are many more helpful ways to bring others the happiness that we are all looking for.
Anything done in order to bring your own mental continuum closer to Enlightenment is a gift of assistance to others as well...but we all know that.
I always liked what Master Shantideva said in relation to the ability of others to truly practice benefiting others. He said, "Start with vegetables".
Thank you all. I wish that I had more time to involve myself in this forum. Things here have been very busy. My flight to India is in less than 2 weeks and I have a bunch of details that I am still working on. I hope to visit you all in Malaysia when I am finished with my project in India. Everything about Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara inspires me so much. I would love to learn more of your activities.