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Ancient Wisdom: Nyingma Teachings of Dream Yoga, Mediatation by Gyatrul Rinpoche

By Gyatrul Rinpoche

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Notice then that, if you are not able to be patient or to endure the small distress and misery that occurs now, you will not be able to endure it in the lower realms. Right now is the time to make sure that you do not have to endure the suffering of the lower realms. Now is the time to realize that, until now, you have not been able to get out of this predicament without a true guide. This is why you are still wandering. The source of refuge, or guide needed, must have the full potency of having realized this predicament and passed through it successfully to reach the other side, the shore of liberation.

In a sense this is what is meant by saying it's not enough for adversity to become an aid to your spiri­ tual practice. In the worst sense, you can use adversity as an excuse for entering the path. The main point to bring out is that it is vital that you cultivate this strong and continuous sense of gratitude. It is through grati­ tude that even severe suffering will be extremely agreeable. This is how it is that practitioners achieve enlightenment in one body and in one lifetime. There's no other way, because they have the ultimate goal in mind.

Patience cannot be developed if there is no object through which patience can be cultivated. It is the same for morality, diligence, generosity and concentration. Wisdom is the awareness of the actual nature of subject, object, and activity as well as the skillful application of the method coupled with discriminat­ ing awareness. In dependence upon suffering, you are able to accumulate the merit that is necessary to produce permanent happiness and liberation. " First you must train. Iťs like getting ready to go into combat.

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