The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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THIS LIFE: THE NATURAL BARDO 119tion and is the path or medium of transcendence; and the"pure vision" of realized beings. A realized being, or a buddha,will perceive this world as spontaneously perfect, a completelyand dazzlingly pure realm. Since they have purified all thecauses of karmic vision, they see everything directly in itsnaked, primordial sacredness.Everything that we see around us is seen as it is becausewe have been repeatedly solidifying our experience of innerand outer reality in the same way, lifetime after lifetime, andthis has led to the mistaken assumption that what we see isobjectively real. In fact, as we go further along the spiritualpath, we learn how to work directly with our fixed perceptions.All our old concepts of the world or matter or even ourselvesare purified and dissolved, and an entirely new, whatyou could call "heavenly" field of vision and perception opensup. As Blake says:If the doors of perception were cleansed,Everything would appear... as it is, infinite. 3I shall never forget when Dudjom Rinpoche, in a momentof intimacy, leaned toward me and said in his soft, hoarse,slightly high-pitched voice: "You know, don't you, that actuallyall these things around us go away, just go away ..."With most of us, however, karma and negative emotionsobscure the ability to see our own intrinsic nature, and thenature of reality. As a result we clutch onto happiness and sufferingas real, and in our unskillful and ignorant actions go onsowing the seeds of our next birth. Our actions keep us boundto the continuous cycle of worldly existence, to the endlessround of birth and death. So everything is at risk in how welive now, at this very moment: How we live now can cost usour entire future.This is the real and urgent reason why we must preparenow to meet death wisely, to transform our karmic future,and to avoid the tragedy of falling into delusion again andagain and repeating the painful round of birth and death. Thislife is the only time and place we can prepare in, and we canonly truly prepare through spiritual practice: This is theinescapable message of the natural bardo of this life. AsPadmasambhava says:Now when the bardo of this life is dawning upon me,I will abandon laziness for which life has no time,

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