When you pass away, nothing will do you any good except for the pure Dharma. You will not simply disappear when you die. Rather, what happens next will be dictated by your previous actions.
For these reasons, you should exert yourself by whatever means necessary to free yourself from samsara, which is nothing but a vast ocean of suffering! Practice your teacher’s guidance concerning what to do and what to give up to the letter, without falling under the influence of immature friends or bad influences. To the best of your ability, incorporate this genuine teaching on the certainty of death into each and every day.
Keeping all this in mind, arouse faith in the Three Jewels so that you will be able to practice in this manner, thinking to yourself, “Think of me, Three Jewels!” At the same time, be sure to generate an intense sense of renunciation and subdue your mind stream. ~ Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
Three Jewels or Triratana in Buddhism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Entrance to the Great Perfection: A Guide to the Dzogchen Preliminary Practices, edited and translated by Cortland Dahl, pages 82-83.
A well written post….and worth reading it all. I was thinking the other day of how one can never know what is inside someone else unless one peers inside. Outside appearances rarely show the inner you or the inner ‘others’.
Be well and om mani padme hum…have compassion with yourself.
Deutsch: Om mani padme hum (Tibetisches Mantra) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
”Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence.”
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – making the perfection mudra and gaze like Padmasambhava, Seattle Sakya Lhakang 1976, Washington State, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, not knowing what is next and not concerned with what was or what may be next, a new mind is operating that is not connected with the conditioned past and yet perceives and understands the whole mechanism of conditioning. It is the unmasking of the self that is nothing but masks—images, memories of past experiences, fears, hopes, and the ceaseless demand to be something or become somebody. – Toni Packer, “Unmasking the Self”
*We all have felt the demand to be somebody or something even if we did not realize it was conditioning at the time. Realizing this is a step on the path.* ~ Debra