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

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

240 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGyou die, is to invoke wholeheartedly all the buddhas and yourmaster. Pray that, through regretting all your negative actionsin this and other lives, they may be purified, and that youmay die consciously and at peace, gain a good rebirth, andultimately achieve liberation.Make a one-pointed and concentrated wish that you will bereborn either in a pure realm or as a human being, but inorder to protect, nurture, and help others. To die with suchlove and such tender compassion in your heart until your lastbreath is said in the Tibetan tradition to be another form ofphowa, and it will ensure that you will at least attain anotherprecious human body.To create the most positive possible imprint on the mindstreambefore death is essential. The most effective practice ofall to achieve this is a simple practice of Guru Yoga, where thedying person merges his or her mind with the wisdom mindof the master, or Buddha, or any enlightened being. Even ifyou cannot visualize your master at this moment, try at leastto remember him, think of him in your heart, and die in astate of devotion. When your consciousness awakens againafter death, this imprint of the master's presence will awakenwith you, and you will be liberated. If you die rememberingthe master, then the possibilities of his or her grace are limitless:even the display of sound, light, and color in the bardo ofdharmata may arise as the master's blessing and the radianceof his or her wisdom nature.If the master is present at the deathbed, he or she willensure that the mindstream of the dying person is imprintedwith his or her presence. The master may, to retrieve thedying person from other distractions, make some striking andsignificant remark. He or she might say in a loud voice:"Remember me!" The master will draw the dying person'sattention in whatever way is necessary, and create an indelibleimpression that will return as a memory of the master in thebardo state. When one well-known teacher's mother wasdying and slipping into a coma, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche waspresent at her bedside and did something very unusual. Heslapped her on the leg. If she did not forget Dilgo KhyentseRinpoche as she entered into death, she would have beenblessed indeed.In our tradition ordinary practitioners will also pray towhichever buddha they feel devotion for, and with whomthey feel a karmic connection. If it is Padmasambhava, theywill pray to be born in his glorious pure realm, the Palace of

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