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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
fall 2006| 58 |buddhadharma A Mirror to Reflect the Most Essential: The final instruction on the ultimate meaning By Longchen Rabjam Single embodiment of compassionate power and activities Of infinite mandalas of all-encompassing conquerors, Glorious guru, supreme lord of a hundred families, Forever I pay homage at your feet. Ema! Listen here, you fortunate yogis. At present we have achieved the perfect human body of free- doms and riches. We have met the precious teachings of the greater vehicle. We now have the independence to genuinely apply the sacred dharma, so do not squander your life on point- less things. Instead, pursue the lasting goal. The categories of teachings are endless. The entrance doors to the vehicles are innumerable. The words to be explained are extensive. Even if you succeed in memorizing millions of vol- umes of dharma scriptures, unless you are able to practice the essential meaning, you can never be sure that they will help you at the moment of death. And even if your education in studies and reflections is boundless, unless you succeed in being in har- mony with the dharma, you will not tame your enemy, negative emotions. Even if you succeed in being the owner of a trillion worlds, unless you can curtail your plans from within with the feeling that nothing more is needed, you will never know con- tentment. Unless you prepare yourself with the attitude that your death could happen at any time, you cannot achieve the great aim that is surely needed at the time of death. You must tame your own shortcomings and cultivate impar- tial pure perception, for a biased attitude will not let you shoul- der the Mahayana teachings. Since all the sentient beings among the six classes in the three realms have without exception been your own parents, unless you make pure aspirations with cease- less compassion and bodhicitta, you cannot open the jewel mine of altruistic actions. Unless you generate a devotion toward your kind guru exceeding even that of meeting the Buddha in person, you will not feel the warmth of blessings. Unless you genuinely receive the blessings, the seedlings of experience and realization will not sprout. Unless realization dawns from within, dry explanations and theories will not help you achieve the fruit of enlightenment. In short, unless you mingle your mind with the dharma, it is pointless to merely sport a spiritual veneer. Keep to the bare necessities for sustaining your life and warding off the bitter cold; reflect on the fact that nothing else is really needed. Practice guru yoga and supplicate one-pointedly. Direct every spiritual practice you do to the welfare of all sentient beings, your own parents. Whatever good or evil, joy or sorrow befalls you, train in seeing it as your guru’s kindness. Within the vastness of spontaneous self-knowing, let be freely, uncontrived and free of fabrication. Whatever thoughts In TranslaTIon Nothing to Be Discarded or Kept Heart advice by Dzogchen masters, from the newly translated collection of teachings Quintessential Dzogchen. (Above) Sun, 2003 Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche