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

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150 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGessence, the mantra; receiving the blessing or empowerment;and uniting your mind with the master and resting in thenature of Rigpa.1. InvocationSit quietly. From the depths of your heart, invoke in thesky in front of you the embodiment of the truth in the personof your master, a saint, or an enlightened being.Try to visualize the master or buddha as alive, and as radiantand translucent as a rainbow. Believe, with complete trust,that all the blessings and qualities of the wisdom, compassion,and power of all the buddhas and enlightened beings areembodied in him or her.If you have difficulty visualizing the master, imagine thisembodiment of truth simply as a being of light, or try to feelhis or her perfect presence there in the sky before you: thepresence of all the buddhas and masters. Let all the inspiration,joy, and awe you then feel take the place of visualization.Trust, simply, that the presence you are invoking is reallythere. The Buddha himself said: "Whoever thinks of me, I amin front of them." My master Dudjom Rinpoche used to saythat it does not matter if at the beginning you cannot visualize;what is more important is to feel the presence in yourheart, and know that this presence embodies the blessings,compassion, energy, and wisdom of all the buddhas.Then, relaxing and filling your heart with the master's presence,invoke him or her very strongly with all your heart andmind; with total trust, call upon him or her inwardly: "Helpme, inspire me to purify all my karma and negative emotions,and to realize the true nature of my mind!"Then, with deep devotion, merge your mind with the master,and rest your mind in his or her wisdom mind. And asyou do so, give yourself up to the master completely, sayingto yourself something like: "Help me, now. Take care of me.Fill me with your joy and energy, your wisdom and compassion.Gather me into the loving heart of your wisdom mind.Bless my mind; inspire my understanding." Then, DilgoKhyentse Rinpoche says, "There is no doubt that the blessingwill enter your heart."When we undertake this practice, it is a direct, skillful, andpowerful way to carry us beyond our ordinary mind and intothe pure realm of the wisdom of Rigpa. There, we recognize,come to discover, and acknowledge that all buddhas are present.So, feeling the living presence of Buddha, of Padmasambhava,

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