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

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

THE INNERMOST ESSENCE 165your pure presence. The pervasive, peaceful state of your meditationis the Rigpa itself, and all risings are none other thanthis Rigpa's self-radiance. This is the heart and the basis ofDzogchen practice. One way to imagine this is as if you wereriding on the sun's rays back to the sun: You trace the risingsback, at once, to their very root, the ground of Rigpa. As youembody the steadfast stability of the View, you are no longerdeceived and distracted by whatever rises, and so cannot fallprey to delusion.Of course there are rough as well as gentle waves in theocean; strong emotions come, like anger, desire, jealousy. Thereal practitioner recognizes them not as a disturbance or obstacle,but as a great opportunity. The fact that you react to arisingssuch as these with habitual tendencies of attachment andaversion is a sign not only that you are distracted, but alsothat you do not have the recognition and have lost the groundof Rigpa. To react to emotions in this way empowers themand binds us even tighter in the chains of delusion. The greatsecret of Dzogchen is to see right through them as soon asthey arise, to what they really are: the vivid and electric manifestationof the energy of Rigpa itself. As you gradually learnto do this, even the most turbulent emotions fail to seize holdof you and dissolve, as wild waves rise and rear and sink backinto the calm of the ocean.The practitioner discovers—and this is a revolutionaryinsight, whose subtlety and power cannot be overestimated—that not only do violent emotions not necessarily sweep youaway and drag you back into the whirlpools of your ownneuroses, they can actually be used to deepen, embolden,invigorate, and strengthen the Rigpa. The tempestuous energybecomes raw food of the awakened energy of Rigpa. Thestronger and more flaming the emotion, the more Rigpa isstrengthened. I feel that this unique method of Dzogchen hasextraordinary power to free even the most inveterate, deeplyrooted emotional and psychological problems.Let me introduce you now, as simply as I can, to an explanationof how exactly this process works. This will be invaluablelater on, when we come to look at what happens at themoment of death.In Dzogchen the fundamental, inherent nature of everythingis called the "Ground Luminosity" or the "Mother Luminosity."This pervades our whole experience, and is therefore

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