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148 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGdevotion and realizing the nature of mind, than the practice ofGuru Yoga. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote, "The words GuruYoga mean 'union with the nature of the guru,' and in thispractice we are given methods by which we can blend ourown minds with the enlightened mind of the master." 7Remember that the master—the guru—embodies the crystallizationof the blessings of all buddhas, masters, and enlightenedbeings. So to invoke him or her is to invoke them all;and to merge your mind and heart with your master's wisdommind is to merge your mind with the truth and very embodimentof enlightenment.The outer teacher introduces you directly to the truth ofyour inner teacher. The more it is revealed through his or herteaching and inspiration, the more you begin to realize thatouter and inner teacher are indivisible. As you gradually discoverthe truth of this for yourself, by invoking it again andagain in the practice of Guru Yoga, a deepening confidence,gratitude, joy, and devotion are bom in you, through whichyour mind and the wisdom mind of the master do actuallybecome indivisible. In a Guru Yoga practice he composed atmy request, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote:That which accomplishes the great purity of perceptionIs devotion, which is the radiance of Rigpa ...Recognizing and remembering that my own Rigpa is the master—Through this, may your mind and mine merge as one.This is why all the wisdom traditions of Tibet have placedso much importance on the practice of Guru Yoga, and all theforemost Tibetan masters have treasured it as their innermostheart practice. Dudjom Rinpoche wrote:It is vital to put all your energy into the Guru Yoga, holding onto itas the life and heart of the practice. If you do not, then your meditationwill be very dull, and even if you do make a little progress,there will be no end to obstacles, and no possibility of true, genuinerealization being bom within the mind. So by fervently praying withuncontrived devotion, after a while the direct blessing of the wisdommind of the master will be transmitted, empowering you with aunique realization, beyond words, born deep within your mind.What I would like to give you now is a simple practice ofGuru Yoga that anyone, whatever their religion or spiritualbelief, can do.

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