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404 NOTES2. See Chapter 10, "The Innermost Essence," on Dzogchen. TheDzogchen Tantras are the original teachings of Dzogchen compiledby the first human Dzogchen master, Garab Dorje.3. In Tibet masters did not make a show of their realization. Theymay have had immense psychic powers, but nearly always they keptthem to themselves. This is what our tradition recommends. True mastersnever, on any occasion, use their powers for self-aggrandizement.They use them only when they know they will be of real benefit toothers; or in special circumstances and a special environment, they mayallow a few of their closest students to witness them.8. THIS LIFE: THE NATURAL BARDO1. Tulku Thondup, Buddha Mind (Ithaca, NY Snow Lion, 1989), 211.2. Kalu Rinpoche, Essence of the Dharma (Delhi, India: TibetHouse), 206.3. From "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," Blake: Complete Writings(Oxford and New York- OUP, 1972), 154.4. The three kayas are the three aspects of the true nature of minddescribed in Chapter 4: its empty essence, radiant nature, and allpervasiveenergy; see also Chapter 21, "The Universal Process."5. Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (New York: Weatherhill,1973), 21.9. THE SPIRITUAL PATH1. The Tantras are the teachings and writings that set out the practicesof Vajrayana Buddhism, the stream of Buddhism prevalent inTibet. The Tantric teachings are based on the principle of the transformationof impure vision into pure vision, through working withthe body, energy, and mind. Tantric texts usually describe the mandalaand meditation practices associated with a particular enlightenedbeing or deity. Although they are called Tantras, the DzogchenTantras are a specific category of the Dzogchen teachings, which arenot based on transformation but on self-liberation (see Chapter 10,"The Innermost Essence").2. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel: The Practice of GuruYoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition (London and Boston:Shambhala, 1988), 51.3. A dakini is a female embodiment of enlightened energy.4. A stupa is a three-dimensional construction symbolizing themind of the buddhas. It often contains the relics of great masters.5. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, 11. This quotation containsmany traditional elements, and a similar praise of the master isfound in the writings of Patrul Rinpoche.6. Matthew 7:7.7. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, 3.

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