The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Way of Buddha, Way of Waking Up

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“Examine for yourself what is really the truth. What is the reason for the misery and pain every living being undergoes? What is the cause of samsara’s delusion? It is nothing other than lacking the experience of our enlightened essence. We ignore what is primordially present within us: our Buddha nature. Instead, immersed in confused emotions, we chase illusory aims that endlessly result in more deluded experience. That’s called samsara. We have already done that for countless lifetimes, life after life, death following rebirth. Unless you now take this opportunity, while you are still a human being, to realize what is fully possible, you will continue in the future in the same deluded way.

Please understand that the Buddha nature is present within everyone. Nobody lacks this potential, not even a single person in this world. Unless you learn how to bring it into your personal experience, train in that and realize it, you remain deluded.

Delusion never disappears by itself. Spinning around on the rim of samsara’s vicious wheel, on the twelve links of dependent origination, you will continue life after life. We all die, are reborn, and die again, countless times.

But, in this present life, you can learn to experience your enlightened essence, and if you do that, you can, before passing away, attain the perfectly and fully awakened state of a Buddha.

The method to transform this human body into rainbow light at the moment of death is only through recognizing and realizing our Buddha nature; there is no other possible way. The instruction for how to do that is still available.

Place your trust in the three jewels: the precious Buddha, dharma and sangha. Receive this teaching from someone who holds an unbroken lineage; this lineage is still intact…

Everything in the world changes; nothing remains the same, nothing is permanent, nothing lasts. If you want to be successful, if you really want to take care of yourself –recognize your enlightened essence..”

~Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Tibetan Dzogchen teacher

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Pointing out instructions, Dzogchen


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