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

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

THE UNIVERSAL PROCESS 351Recognize this infinite variety of appearances as a dream,As nothing but the projections of your mind, illusory and unreal.Without grasping at anything, rest in the wisdom of your Rigpa,that transcends all concepts:This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of this life.You are bound to die soon, and nothing then will be of any realhelp.What you experience in death is only your own conceptualthinking.Without fabricating any thoughts, let them all die into the vastexpanse of your Rigpa's self-awareness:This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of dying.Whatever grasps at appearance or disappearance, as being goodor bad, is your mind.And this mind itself is the self-radiance of the Dharmakaya, justwhatever arises.Not to cling to the risings, make concepts out of them, accept orreject them:This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of dharmata.Samsara is your mind, and nirvana is also your mind,All pleasure and pain, and all delusions exist nowhere apart fromyour mind.To attain control over your own mind;This is the heart of the practice for the bardo of becoming.We are now ready to look at one particular bardo, to seehow our meditation practice, our understanding of emotionsand thoughts, and our experiences in that bardo are all inextricablyinterlinked, and how our experiences in that bardoreflect back into our ordinary life. Perhaps the most helpfulbardo to study is the bardo of dharmata, which is where thepure energy that will become emotion begins to emerge spontaneouslyas the intrinsic radiance of the nature of mind; andemotions, I know, are a main, almost obsessive preoccupationof people in the modem world. Truly to understand the natureof emotion is to advance very far on the path to liberation.The deepest aim of meditation is to be able to rest, undistracted,in the state of Rigpa, and with that View to realizethat whatever arises in the mind is never anything but the

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