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

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THE SPIRITUAL PATH 149This wonderful practice is my main practice, the heart andinspiration of my whole life, and whenever I do the GuruYoga, it is Padmasambhava that I focus on. As Buddha himselfwas passing away, he prophesied that Padmasambhava wouldbe bom not long after his death in order to spread the teachingof the Tantras. It was Padmasambhava, as I have said,who established Buddhism in Tibet in the eighth century. Forus Tibetans, Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, embodies acosmic, timeless principle; he is the universal master. He hasappeared countless times to the masters of Tibet, and thesemeetings and visions have been precisely recorded: the date,the place, and manner in which they occurred, along with theteachings and prophecies Padmasambhava gave. He also leftthousands of visionary teachings for future times, which havebeen revealed again and again by the many great masters whohave been his emanations; one of these visionary treasures, ortermas, is the Tibetan Book of the Dead.I have always turned to Padmasambhava in times of difficultyand crisis, and his blessing and power have never failedme. When I think of him, all my masters are embodied inhim. To me he is completely alive at all moments, and thewhole universe, at each moment, shines with his beauty,strength, and presence.0 Guru Rinpoche, Precious One,You are the embodiment ofThe compassion and blessings of all the buddhas,The only protector of beings.My body, my possessions, my heart and soulWithout hesitation, I surrender to you!From now until I attain enlightenment,In happiness or sorrow, in circumstances good or bad, in situationshigh or low:1 rely on you completely, O Padmasambhava, you who know me:think of me, inspire me, guide me, make me one with you! 8I consider Padmasambhava as the embodiment of all mymasters, and so when I merge my mind with him in GuruYoga, all of them are included within him. You can, however,use any enlightened being, saint, or master from any religionor mystical tradition for whom you feel devotion, whetherthey are alive or not.This practice of Guru Yoga has four main phases: invocation;merging your mind with the master through his heart

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