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170 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING

scents. But there is no trace of clinging nor any "after-thought"

in his mind. As Dudjom Rinpoche says:

Whatever perceptions arise, you should be like a little child going

into a beautifully decorated temple; he looks, but grasping does not

enter into his perception at all. So you leave everything fresh, natural,

vivid, and unspoiled. When you leave each thing in its own

state, then its shape doesn't change, its color doesn't fade, and its

glow does not disappear. Whatever appears is unstained by any

grasping, so then all that you perceive arises as the naked wisdom

of Rigpa, which is the indivisibility of luminosity and emptiness.

The confidence, the contentment, the spacious serenity, the

strength, the profound humor, and the certainty that arise

from directly realizing the View of Rigpa is the greatest treasure

of life, the ultimate happiness, which, once attained,

nothing can destroy, not even death. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

says:

Once you have the View, although the delusory perceptions of

samsara may arise in your mind, you will be like the sky; when a

rainbow appears in front of it, its not particularly flattered, and

when the clouds appear, its not particularly disappointed either.

There is a deep sense of contentment. You chuckle from inside as

you see the façade of samsara and nirvana; the View will keep

you constantly amused, with a little inner smile bubbling away all

the time.

As Dudjom Rinpoche says: "Having purified the great delusion,

the heart's darkness, the radiant light of the unobscured

sun continuously rises."

Someone who takes to heart the instruction of this book

about Dzogchen and its message about dying, will, I hope, be

inspired to seek, find, and follow a qualified master, and

undertake to commit him- or herself to a complete training.

The heart of the Dzogchen training is two practices, Trekchö

and Tögal, which are indispensable for a deep understanding of

what happens during the bardos. I can only give here the

briefest of introductions to them. The complete explanation is

only given from a master to disciple, when the disciple has

made a wholehearted commitment to the teachings, and

reached a certain stage of development. What I have explained

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