FW: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Difficulties and obstacles, if properly understood and used, can turn out to
be an unexpected source of strength. Gesar was the great warrior king of
Tibet, whose escapades form the greatest epic of Tibetan literature. Gesar
means �indomitable,� someone who can never be put down. From the moment
Gesar was born, his evil uncle Trotung tried all kinds of means to kill him.
But with each attempt Gesar only grew stronger and stronger.
For the Tibetans, Gesar is not only a martial warrior but also a spiritual
one. To be a spiritual warrior means to develop a special kind of courage,
one that is innately intelligent, gentle, and fearless. Spiritual warriors
can still be frightened, but even so they are courageous enough to taste
suffering, to relate clearly to their fundamental fear, and to draw out
without evasion the lessons from difficulties
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I remember how people would often come to see my master Jamyang Khyentse simply to ask for his guidance for the moment of death. He was so loved and revered throughout Tibet, especially in the eastern province of Kham, that some would travel for months on end to meet him and get his blessing just once before they died. All my masters would give this as their advice, for this is the essence of what is needed as you come to die:
“Be free of attachment and aversion. Keep your mind pure. And unite your mind with Buddha.”