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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
32 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 3 Resting in the Nature of Awareness Finally, relax in the nature of awareness—the experience of the results of the meditation that you are enjoying. Remain in the awareness of that experience—again and again—without grasping at it or defining it with concepts. Guru Rinpoche teaches: The compassion of the Buddhas of the three times, Please bless me to attain the liberation of my mind-stream— By outwardly purifying the appearances, the objects that are grasped, By inwardly liberating the thoughts that grasp and By, in the middle, realizing the clear light, the natural state. Meditations should always conclude by offer- ing all the merits you have accumulated to all mother beings. If you offer your merits to others, they will benefit and your merits will increase. Then make aspirations by thinking and saying, “May I attain buddhahood in this lifetime or at the time of death so that I can serve all mother beings. If I am unable to attain buddhahood at that time, then may I take miraculous rebirth in Zangdok Palri pure land and become the source of happiness and enlightenment for all. May I be able to lead all to the pure land.” Mipham Rinpoche makes his aspirations: When the appearances of this life dissolve, Through the path of naturally appearing clear light May I be received by hosts of the knowledge-holder lamas. May I be backed up from behind by the peaceful and wrathful deities. May I be surrounded by dakas and dakinis of the three spheres. With showers of flowers, rays of rainbow lights and sounds of music, In the great blissful Pure Land— the Lotus Light May I take miraculous birth at the feet of Guru Rinpoche. Adapted from Zangdok Palri: The Lotus Light Palace of Guru Rinpoche, published by Gatshel Publishing, 2012. Distributed in North America by Paragon Book Gallery, 2013. Experiencing Emptiness When your thoughts and feelings become the experiences and expressions of Guru Rinpoche’s blessings and presence, then whatever you see will arise as the images of Guru Rinpoche and his pure land—the union of appearances and empti- ness. Whatever you hear will resonate as sacred prayers and sounds—the union of sounds and emptiness. Whatever you feel becomes the expe- rience and expression of omniscient wisdom, unconditional love, and boundless power—the union of awareness and emptiness. Remaining in the state of such experience, sing the prayer mantra many times as the pres- ence and waves of all pervading awareness: Om ah hung bedzar guru pema siddhi hung. O body, speech, and mind of all the Buddhas: Vajra Guru Padma(sambhava)! As your attainments—all have been awakened. (Above) Guru Rinpoche performs yogic exercises while dakas and dakinis dance (Opposite) Chokgyur Lingpa travels to Zangdok Palri escorted by dakinis