RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- The Dzogchen Tantras, the ancient teachings from which the bardo
instructions come, speak of a mythical bird, the garuda, which is born fully
grown. This image symbolizes our primordial nature, which is already
completely perfect. The garuda chick has all its wing feathers fully
developed inside the egg, but it cannot fly before it hatches. Only at the
moment when the shell cracks open can it burst out and soar up into the sky.
Similarly, the masters tell us, the qualities of buddhahood are veiled by
the body, and as soon as the body is discarded, they will be radiantly
The still revolutionary insight of Buddhism is that life and death are in
the mind, and nowhere else. Mind is revealed as the universal basis of
experience�the creator of happiness and the creator of suffering, the
creator of what we call life and what we call death.
Dudjom Rinpoche was driving through France with his wife, admiring the
countryside as they went along. They passed along cemetery that had been
freshly painted and decorated with flowers. Dudjom Rinpoche�s wife said:
�Rinpoche, look how everything in the West is so neat and clean. Even the
places where they keep corpses are spotless. In the East not even the houses
that people live in are anything like as clean as this.�
�Ah, yes,� he replied, �that�s true; this is such a civilized country. They
have such marvelous houses for dead corpses. But haven�t you noticed? They
have such wonderful houses for the living corpses too.�
If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.