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

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318 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGfind you do not have the wisdom or the stability in yourmeditation to deal with them, and that your meditation on itsown is not enough. What you need then is what I call "aheart practice." I always feel sad that people don't have a practicelike this to help them in times of desperation, because ifyou do, you will find you have something immeasurably precious,which will also become a source of transformation andcontinuing strength.1. InvocationInvoke in the sky in front of you the presence ofwhichever enlightened being inspires you the most, and considerthat this being is the embodiment of all the buddhas,bodhisattvas, and masters. For me, as I have said, this embodimentis Padmasambhava. Even if you cannot imagine in yourmind's eye any one form, just feel the presence strongly andinvoke his or her infinite power, compassion, and blessing.2. Calling OutOpen your heart and invoke him or her with all the painand suffering you feel. If you feel like crying, don't hold back:let your tears flow, and really ask for help. Know that there issomeone who is absolutely there for you, someone who listensto you, who understands you with love and compassion,without ever judging you: an ultimate friend. Call to him orher from the depths of your pain, using the mantra OM AHHUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM, the mantra thathas been used for centuries by hundreds of thousands ofbeings as a healing spring of purification and protection.3. Filling the Heart with BlissImagine and know now that the buddha you are crying outto responds, with all his or her love, compassion, wisdom, andpower. Tremendous rays of light stream out toward you fromhim or her. Imagine that light as nectar, filling your heart upcompletely, and transforming all your suffering into bliss.One way in which Padmasambhava appears is simply sitting inmeditation posture, wrapped in his gown and robes, exuding anenchanting feeling of warm and cozy comfort, and with a lovingsmile on his face. In this emanation he is called "GreatBliss." His hands lie relaxed in his lap, cradling a cup made fromthe top of a skull. It is full of the nectar of Great Bliss, swirling

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