Recognize this infinite variety of appearances as a dream,

As nothing but the projections of your mind, illusory and unreal.

Without grasping at anything, rest in the wisdom of your Rigpa,

that transcends all concepts:

This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of this life.

You are bound to die soon, and nothing then will be of any real


What you experience in death is only your own conceptual


Without fabricating any thoughts, let them all die into the vast

expanse of your Rigpa's self-awareness:

This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of dying.

Whatever grasps at appearance or disappearance, as being good

or bad, is your mind.

And this mind itself is the self-radiance of the Dharmakaya, just

whatever arises.

Not to cling to the risings, make concepts out of them, accept or

reject them:

This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of dharmata.

Samsara is your mind, and nirvana is also your mind,

All pleasure and pain, and all delusions exist nowhere apart from

your mind.

To attain control over your own mind;

This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of becoming.

We are now ready to look at one particular bardo, to see

how our meditation practice, our understanding of emotions

and thoughts, and our experiences in that bardo are all inextricably

interlinked, and how our experiences in that bardo

reflect back into our ordinary life. Perhaps the most helpful

bardo to study is the bardo of dharmata, which is where the

pure energy that will become emotion begins to emerge spontaneously

as the intrinsic radiance of the nature of mind; and

emotions, I know, are a main, almost obsessive preoccupation

of people in the modem world. Truly to understand the nature

of emotion is to advance very far on the path to liberation.

The deepest aim of meditation is to be able to rest, undistracted,

in the state of Rigpa, and with that View to realize

that whatever arises in the mind is never anything but the

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