Happy Guru Rinpoche Day!
“Guru Padmasambhava is not hindered by time and space. He is absolutely free. He can be anywhere at any moment and appear in any form. He teaches in whatever way is most appropriate and necessary for individuals. According to the needs of beings, his teachings can be applied immediately or hidden for a later time. Guru Padmasambhava will appear whenever you supplicate him, and is particularly active when the sun rises and sets. On the tenth day of the waxing moon, as well as on the tenth day of the waning moon, he is actually physically present, granting blessings and accomplishment to all beings.
The most secret, or absolute way to understand Guru Padmasambhava is to see the entire universe as his display. All phenomena appear within the enlightened space of Guru Padmasmabhava’s pure body, speech, and mind. He is all phenomena. He is also the original nature of all phenomena. What is this original nature? It is the nature of the mind—beyond birth and death, beyond coming and going, beyond appearance and non-appearance, beyond subject and object.
This means that the most secret, absolute Guru Padmasambhava is the original nature of your mind. What is it that makes us think Guru Padmasambhava is outside ourselves? Dualistic mind. Duality mind undermines our direct realization of the true nature of the guru. The moment we free ourselves from duality is the moment the most secret, absolute Guru Padmasambhava appears. In fact he is right here right now. He is always with us. Absolute Guru Padmasambhava— the truenature of the mind—is the essential teaching of the Buddha.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Liberating Duality with Wisdom Display: The Eight Emanations of Guru Padmasambhava (pgs 1-2)
Photo of HE Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche with Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at Padma Samye Ling in 2016.
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