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

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140 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGordinary mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, allthe great wisdom traditions have told us, is through the heart.This path of the heart is devotion.Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote:There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining theomniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.He is the guide that will help you to cross the ocean of samsara.The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still waterinstantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are alwayspresent for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun'srays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focusedthrough a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire. Whenthe all-pervading rays of the Buddha's compassion are focusedthrough the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flameof blessings blazes up in your being.So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It isnot mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibilityto yourself, nor undiscriminating following of another'spersonality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivityto the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverentgratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.When the master is able to open your innermost heart andoffers you an undeniably powerful glimpse of the nature ofyour mind, a wave of joyful gratitude surges up in you towardthe one who helped you to see, and the truth that you nowrealize the master embodies in his or her being, teachings, andwisdom mind. That uncontrived, genuine feeling is alwaysrooted in repeated, undeniable, inner experience—a repeatedclarity of direct recognition—and this, and this only, is whatwe call devotion, mö gü in Tibetan. Mö gü means "longing andrespect": respect for the master, which grows deeper anddeeper as you understand more and more who he or shereally is, and longing for what he or she can introduce in you,because you have come to know the master is your heart linkwith the absolute truth and the embodiment of the truenature of your mind.Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche tells us,At first this devotion may not be natural or spontaneous, so wemust employ a variety of techniques to help us to achieve this.

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