pain, however great it is: 'Go away now, and leave me alone!'

If there is anything that irritates you or makes you feel

uncomfortable in any way, don't waste your time trying to

change it; keep returning to the View.

"Trust in the nature of your mind, trust it deeply, and relax

completely. There is nothing new you need to learn or acquire

or understand; just allow what you have already been given to

blossom in you and open at greater and greater depths.

"Rely on whatever for you is the most inspiring of all the

practices. And if it is difficult for you to visualize or follow a

formal kind of practice, remember what Dudjom Rinpoche

always used to say: that to feel the presence is more important

than getting the details of the visualization clear. Now is

the time to feel, as intensely as you can, to feel with your

whole being the presence of your masters, of Padmasambhava,

of the buddhas. Whatever may be happening to your body,

remember that your heart is never sick or crippled.

"You have loved Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Feel his presence,

and really ask him for help and purification. Put yourself

entirely in his hands: heart and mind, body and soul. The simplicity

of total trust is one of the most powerful forces in the


"Did I ever tell you that beautiful story about Ben of

Kongpo? He was a very simple man, with immense faith,

who came from Kongpo, a province in southeastern Tibet. He

had heard a lot about the Jowo Rinpoche, the 'Precious Lord,'

a beautiful statue of Buddha as a prince at the age of twelve

that is kept in the central cathedral in Lhasa. It is said to have

been made while the Buddha was alive, and is the most holy

statue in the whole of Tibet. Ben could not make out whether

it was a buddha or a human being, and he was determined to

go and visit the Jowo Rinpoche to see what all the talk was

about. So he put on his boots and walked, week after week,

to get to Lhasa in central Tibet.

"He was hungry when he arrived, and when he entered the

cathedral, he saw the great statue of Buddha, and in front of it

a row of butter-lamps and special cakes made as offerings to

the shrine. He assumed at once that these cakes were what

the Jowo Rinpoche ate: 'The cakes,' he said to himself, 'must

be for dipping into the butter in the lamps, and the lamps

must be kept alight to stop the butter from going hard. I'd

better do what Jowo Rinpoche does.' So he dipped one in the

butter and ate it, looking up at the statue, which seemed to be

smiling down benignly just at him.

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