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

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282 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGwisdom, equalizing wisdom, wisdom of discernment, and allaccomplishingwisdom. But since the all-accomplishing wisdomis only perfected at the time of enlightenment, it does notappear yet. Therefore there is no green carpet of light and tiklés,yet it is inherent within all the other colors. What is beingmanifested here is our potential of enlightenment, and the allaccomplishingwisdom will only appear when we become abuddha.If you do not attain liberation here through resting undistractedin the nature of mind, the carpets of light and theirtiklés, along with your Rigpa, all dissolve into the radiantsphere of light, which is like the canopy of peacock feathers.4- Spontaneous PresenceThis heralds the final phase of the bardo of dharmata, "wisdomdissolving into spontaneous presence." Now the whole ofreality presents itself in one tremendous display. First the stateof primordial purity dawns like an open, cloudless sky. Thenthe peaceful and wrathful deities appear, followed by the purerealms of the buddhas, and below them the six realms of samsaricexistence.The limitlessness of this vision is utterly beyond our ordinaryimagination. Every possibility is presented: from wisdomand liberation to confusion and rebirth. At this point you willfind yourself endowed with powers of clairvoyant perceptionand recollection. For example, with total clairvoyance and yoursenses unobstructed, you will know your past and future lives,see into others' minds, and have knowledge of all six realmsof existence. In an instant you will vividly recall whateverteachings you have heard, and even teachings you have neverheard will awaken in your mind.The entire vision then dissolves back into its originalessence, like a tent collapsing once its ropes are cut.If you have the stability to recognize these manifestations asthe "self-radiance" of your own Rigpa, you will be liberated.But without the experience of Tögal practice, you will beunable to look at the visions of the deities, which are "asbright as the sun." Instead, as a result of the habitual tendenciesof your previous lives, your gaze will be drawn downwardto the six realms. It is those that you will recognize andwhich will lure you again into delusion.In the Tibetan Book of the Dead, periods of days are allotted

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