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

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THE GROUND 269view our thoughts and emotions as they arise; whether we areable to penetrate them directly with the View and recognizetheir inherent luminosity nature, or whether we obscure itwith our instinctive habitual reactions.If the ground of our ordinary mind is completely purified, itis as if we have shattered the storehouse of our karma and soemptied the karmic supply for future rebirths. However, if wehave not been able to completely purify our mind, there willstill be remnants of past habits and karmic tendencies restingin this storehouse of karma. Whenever suitable conditionsmaterialize, they will manifest, propelling us into new rebirths.THE DURATION OF THE GROUND LUMINOSITYThe Ground Luminosity dawns; for a practitioner, it lasts aslong as he or she can rest, undistracted, in the state of thenature of mind. For most people, however, it lasts no longerthan a snap of the fingers, and for some, the masters say, "aslong as it takes to eat a meal." The vast majority of people donot recognize the Ground Luminosity at all, and instead theyare plunged into a state of unconsciousness, which can last upto three and a half days. It is then that the consciousnessfinally leaves the body.This has led to a custom in Tibet of making sure that thebody is not touched or disturbed for three days after death. Itis especially important in the case of a practitioner, who mayhave merged with the Ground Luminosity and be resting inthat state of the nature of mind. I remember in Tibet howeveryone took great care to maintain a silent and peacefulatmosphere around the body, particularly in the case of a greatmaster or practitioner, to avoid causing the slightest disturbance.But even the body of an ordinary person is often notmoved before three days have elapsed, since you never knowif a person is realized or not, and it is uncertain when the consciousnesshas separated from the body. It is believed that ifthe body is touched in a certain place—if, for example, aninjection is given—it may draw the consciousness to that spot.Then the consciousness of the dead person may leave throughthe nearest opening instead of through the fontanel, and takeon an unfortunate rebirth.Some masters insist more than others on leaving the bodyfor three days. Chadral Rinpoche, a Zen-like Tibetan masterliving in India and Nepal, told people who were complaining

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