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

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THE SPIRITUAL PATH 153Secure in that realization, in a state of spacious and carefreeease, you rest in the warmth, glory, and blessing of your absolutenature. You have arrived at the original ground: the primordialpurity of natural simplicity. As you rest in this state ofRigpa, you recognize the truth of Padmasambhava's words:"Mind itself is Padmasambhava; there is no practice or meditationapart from that."I have given this practice here, as part of the natural bardo ofthis life, because this is the most important practice in life andso the most important practice at the moment of death. GuruYoga, as you will see in Chapter 13, "Spiritual Help for theDying," forms the basis of the practice of phowa, the transferenceof consciousness at the moment of death. For if, at themoment of death, you can unite your mind confidently withthe wisdom mind of the master and die in that peace, then all,I promise and assure you, will be well.Our task in life, then, is to practice this merging with thewisdom mind of the master again and again, so that itbecomes so natural that every activity—sitting, walking, eating,drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and waking—starts to beincreasingly permeated by the master's living presence. Slowly,over years of focused devotion, you begin to know and realizeall appearances to be the display of the wisdom of the master.All the situations of life, even those that once seemed tragic,meaningless, or terrifying, reveal themselves more and moretransparently to be the direct teaching and blessing of the master,and the inner teacher. As Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche says:Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothingbut the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whateveroccurs is perceived as his blessing. If we simply practice with thisconstantly present devotion, this is prayer itselfWhen all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, thereis a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever mayhappen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and allgross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneouslyliberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in thesky 9

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