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

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344 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGunderstand the words, but the monks who were taken withhim said later that he was singing "songs of experience," beautifulsongs that sprang spontaneously from the depth and thejoy of his realization. Slowly the party wound its way downthe mountain, the soldiers in a stony silence and many of themonks sobbing; the khenpo, however, sang all the way.Not long before the party arrived at the army camp, hestopped singing and closed his eyes, and the group thenmoved on in silence. As they crossed through the gate into thecamp, they found the khenpo had passed away. He had quietlyleft his body.What did he know that made him so serene, even in theface of death? What gave him even in those final moments thejoy and fearlessness to sing? Perhaps he was singing somethinglike these verses from "The Immaculate Radiance," the last testamentof the fourteenth-century Dzogchen master Longchenpa:In a cloudless night sky, the full moon,"The Lord of Stars/ is about to rise ...The face of my compassionate lord, Padmasambhava,Draws me on, radiating its tender welcome.My delight in death is far, far greater thanThe delight of traders at making vast fortunes at sea,Or the lords of the gods who vaunt their victory in battle;Or of those sages who have entered the rapture of perfect absorption.So just as a traveler who sets out on the road when the time hascome to go,I will not remain in this world any longer,But will go to dwell in the stronghold of the great bliss of deathlessness.This, my life, is finished, my karma is exhausted, what benefitprayers could bring has worn out,All worldly things are done with, this life's show is over.In one instant, I will recognize the very essence of the manifestationof my beingIn the pure, vast realms of the bardo states;I am close now to taking up my seat in the ground of primordialperfection.The riches found in myself have made the minds of others happy,I have used the blessing of this life to realize all the benefits of theisland of liberation;

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