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Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos

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This remarkable book reveals details of the six bardos and how to transform them into vehicles for enlightenment.

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In life and in death, in meditation and in dream and sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome our limitations, frustration, and fears and to experience an uncontrived and natural liberation.

This is a translation of Padmasambhava`s unique text the Profound Dharma of the Natural Liberation through Contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful: Stage of Completion Instructions on the Six Bardos, dictated to his consort Yeshe Tsogyal and later rediscovered by the terton Karma Lingpa. It is accompanied by a lucid commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche.

"This rare teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, is finally here for English readers as the heart of this book. Rediscovered as a mystical revelation in the 14th century by Karma Lingpa, this teaching illuminates the most profound questions about who we are and provides a road map for the journey through life, death, and rebirth in great depth and simplicity."     ~Tulku Thondup

"Cultivate the spirit of awakening as you did before, and position your body in the cross-legged posture. The spiritual mentor should sit upon a throne, adorned with the garb of Vajrasattva. The students should hold a crystal up to their eyes and look at the body of Vajrasattva. By so doing, the body of Vajrasattva, composed of the five kinds of rainbow light, will appear in two, three, or more places. Meditate on that glorious body, which appears but is without an inherent nature, as your mental object. That is the fourth session.

In this practice, if possible, your spiritual mentor sits in the cross-legged posture while wearing the clothing of Vajrasattva. If this is not possible, the mentor may be replaced with a painting, a statue, or a drawing of Vajrasatrva. If you don't have any of those, you can simply imagine this. By holding a crystal up to your eyes while looking at the body of Vajrasattva, you see Vajrasamra in several places as a result of the process of refraction. If it is possible for countless buddhas to be present upon a single atom, there should be nothing astonishing in having a number of buddhas appear to your one eye. In terms of all the buddhas being able to fit upon a single atom, it's not that all of the buddhas come in from all directions and try to all crowd onto a single atom. Rather, all of the buddhas may he present upon a single atom, because the nature of a single atom is of the very same nature as the whole of samsãra and nirvana. It's in that context that it is said that all of the buddhas can fit upon a single atom."

Author Padmasambhava
Commentary Gyatrul Rinpoche
Translator Wallace, B. Alan
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 342 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 1998
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