The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment is endowed with Master Atisha’s lineage. For the sake of passing down this lineage, he sacrificed 20 years of his life. We should never forget such a great virtuous teacher. He left his homeland, faced the language barrier, unable to adapt to a different diet, yearned to see flowers and missed the sound of elephants’ trumpeting that was impossible to hear in Tibet. He probably might not have adapted well to the weather either. Therefore, the kind of challenging circumstances he had to endure, and the kind of mighty courage and perseverance he had to possess, even to the extent of sacrificing his life, in order to ensure that the lineage of Buddha Dharma could be passed down.
Global Lamrim 2, Lecture 0009
We hear of the many sacrifices made by past dharma masters to preserve the teachings for future dharma practitioners like us. What can we do to repay this kindness？ What benefits will we get?