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244 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGthat the whole space around you is him. Then invoke himand go over in your mind every moment you spent with him.Merge your mind with his and say, from the depths of yourheart, in your own words, 'You see how helpless I am, how Ican no longer practice intensively. Now I must rely totally onyou. I trust you completely. Take care of me. Make me onewith you.' Do the Guru Yoga practice, imagining with specialintensity the rays of light streaming out from your master andpurifying you, burning away all your impurities, your illnesstoo, and healing you; your body melting into light; and mergingyour mind, in the end, with his wisdom mind, in completeconfidence."When you practice, don't worry if you feel it is not flowingeasily; simply trust and feel it in your heart. Everythingnow depends on inspiration, because only that will relax youranxiety and dissolve your nervousness. So keep a wonderfulphotograph of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava,in front of you. Focus on it gently at the beginning of yourpractice, and then just relax into its radiance. Imagine it wassunny outside, and that you could take off all your clothes andbask in the warmth: slip out of all your inhibitions and relaxin the glow of the blessing, when you really feel it. Anddeeply, deeply let go of everything."Don't worry about anything. Even if you find your attentionwandering, there is no particular 'thing' you have to holdonto. Just let go, and drift in the awareness of the blessing.Don't let small, niggling questions distract you, like 'Is thisRigpa? Is it not?' Just let yourself be more and more natural.Remember, your Rigpa is always there, always in the natureof your mind. Remember Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's words:'If your mind is unaltered, you are in the state of Rigpa.' Soas you have received the teachings, you received the introductionto the nature of mind, just relax in the Rigpa, withoutdoubting."You are lucky enough to have some good spiritual friendsnear you now. Encourage them to create an environment ofpractice around you, and to go on practicing around you upuntil and after your death. Get them to read you a poem youlove, or a guidance from your master, or an inspiring teaching.Ask them to play you a tape of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, achant of the practice, or an exalting piece of music. What Ipray is that your every waking moment should mingle withthe blessing of the practice, in an atmosphere alive and luminouswith inspiration.

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