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

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THE NATURE OF MIND 45of doubt, that there is not, has never been, and could not everbe, any separation: between student and master, between themaster's wisdom mind and the nature of the student's mind.Dudjom Rinpoche, in his famous declaration of realization,wrote:Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha,In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart.When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature ofthe Lama,Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayersor artificial complaints,By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state,We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises. 1When you have fully recognized that the nature of yourmind is the same as that of the master, from then on you andthe master can never be separate because the master is onewith the nature of your mind, always present, as it is.Remember Lama Tseten, whom I had watched dying as achild? When given the chance to have his master physicallypresent at his deathbed, he said: "With the master, there's nosuch thing as distance."When, like Lama Tseten, you have recognized that the masterand you are inseparable, an enormous gratitude and senseof awe and homage is bom in you. Dudjom Rinpoche calls this"the homage of the View." It is a devotion that springs spontaneouslyfrom seeing the View of the nature of mind.For me there were many other moments of introduction: inthe teachings and initiations, and later I received the introductionfrom my other masters. After Jamyang Khyentse passedaway, Dudjom Rinpoche held me in his love and took care ofme, and I served as his translator for a number of years. Thisopened another phase of my life.Dudjom Rinpoche was one of Tibet's most famous mastersand mystics, and a renowned scholar and author. My masterJamyang Khyentse always used to talk about how wonderfula master Dudjom Rinpoche was, and how he was the livingrepresentative of Padmasambhava in this age. Therefore I hada profound respect for him, although I had no personal connectionwith him or experience of his teaching. One day, aftermy master had died, when I was in my early twenties, I paida courtesy call on Dudjom Rinpoche at his home inKalimpong, a hill-station in the Himalayas.

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