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

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

138 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGPerhaps the most moving and accurate account of the truenature of the master I have ever heard comes from my masterJamyang Khyentse. He said that although our true nature isbuddha, it has been obscured from beginningless time by adark cloud of ignorance and confusion. This true nature, however,our buddha nature, has never completely surrendered tothe tyranny of ignorance; somewhere it is always rebellingagainst its domination.Our buddha nature, then, has an active aspect, which is our"inner teacher." From the very moment we became obscured,this inner teacher has been working tirelessly for us, tirelesslytrying to bring us back to the radiance and spaciousness of ourtrue being. Not for one second, Jamyang Khyentse said, hasthe inner teacher given up on us. In its infinite compassion,one with the infinite compassion of all the buddhas and allthe enlightened beings, it has been ceaselessly working for ourevolution—not only in this life but in all our past lives also—using all kinds of skillful means and all types of situations toteach and awaken us, and to guide us back to the truth.When we have prayed and aspired and hungered for thetruth for a long time, for many, many lives, and when ourkarma has become sufficiently purified, a kind of miracle takesplace. And this miracle, if we can understand and use it, canlead to the ending of ignorance forever: The inner teacher, whohas been with us always, manifests in the form of the "outerteacher," whom, almost as if by magic, we actually encounter.This encounter is the most important of any lifetime.Who is this outer teacher? None other than the embodimentand voice and representative of our inner teacher. Themaster whose human shape and human voice and wisdomwe come to love with a love deeper than any other in ourlives is none other than the external manifestation of the mysteryof our own inner truth. What else could explain why wefeel so strongly connected to him or her?At the deepest and highest level, the master and the discipleare not and cannot ever be in any way separate; for themaster's task is to teach us to receive, without any obscurationof any kind, the clear message of our own inner teacher, andto bring us to realize the continual presence of this ultimateteacher within us. I pray that all of you may taste, in this life,the joy of this most perfect kind of friendship.Not only is the master the direct spokesperson of your owninner teacher, he or she is also the bearer, channel, and transmitterof all the blessings of all the enlightened beings. That is

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