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Tibetan Book of Living and Dying spiritual quotes

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Sogyal Rinpoche

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama.  Teaching for over 30 years and travelling through the world, he is the founder of Rigpa — an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres iin 23 countries.

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Bardo of Living and Dying Quotes

About Dying

  • Now when the bardo of dying dawns upon me,
    I will abandon all grasping, yearning, and attachment,
    Enter uninstructed into clear awareness of the teaching,
    And eject my consciousness into the space of unborn Rig-pa;
    As I leave this compound body of flesh and blood
    I will know it to be a transitory illusion.
  • You may try to support your family and friends, but at the time of death all other actions besides the virtuous practices of Dharma activities will have been pointless. So constantly apply yourself to spiritual practices in thought, word, and deed!

About Meditation

  • To resolve the view, ask those who have realization.
    To practice, listen to those who have experience and understanding.
  • You may possess the power and might of a world ruler, but unless you gain mastery over your own mind, when the time of death arrives you still haven’t attained the power of freedom. So gain mastery over your !

About Spiritual Master and Buddha Teachings

  • Follow an eminent master who possesses the oral instructions.
  • You may pursue worldly fame and gain, but unless you follow the teachings of the Buddha, such activity will only be the cause for throwing you back into further samsara. So adhere to the teachings of the Buddha!
  • When you keep company with an eminent master, his qualities will automatically influence you.
  • Fortunate ones, mingle your mind with the Dharma and the happiness of Buddhahood will manifest within you!

About Discriminating Knowledge

  • You may have the bravery of a strong fighter, but unless you possess the intelligent strength of discriminating knowledge, you will not turn the tide in the battle with samsara. So possess the intelligent strength of discriminating knowledge!

About Virtues

  • The Buddha said that when we dedicate merit, it is like adding a drop of water to the ocean. Just as a drop of water added to the ocean will not dry up but will exist as long as the ocean itself exists, so, too, if we dedicate the merit of any virtuous deed, it merges with the vast ocean of merit that endures until enlightenment.

About Human Being

  • We are fragmented into so many different aspects. We don't know who we really are, or what aspects of ourselves we should identify with or believe in. So many contradictory voices, dictates, and feelings fight for control over our inner lives that we find ourselves scattered everywhere, in all directions, leaving nobody at home.
  • Our Minds can be wonderful, but at the same time they can be our very worst enemy. They give us so much trouble. Sometimes I wish the mind were like a set of dentures, which we could take out and leave on our bedside table overnight. At least we would a break from its tiring and tiresome escapades.  We are so at the mercy of our minds that even when we find that the spiritual teachings strike a chord inside us, and move us more than anything we have ever experienced, still we hold back, because of some deep-seated and inexplicable suspicion.

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