On this new moon day, we present to you some pith instructions given by the previous Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. These were extracted from advice given to Yolmo Lama Dawa, a three-year retreatant at Yanglesho in 1970s.
To take advantage of the life that is so difficult to obtain, resolve to free oneself from the ocean of samsaric suffering, trust that the three jewels are the infallible source of refuge, and do not be mistaken about the results of virtuous and unvirtuous actions. In particular, devotion to the root teacher, love and affection for samaya brothers and sisters, the bodhicitta of compassion toward all mother sentient beings, and the reduction of grasping due to the knowledge that all compounded things are impermanent are known as the four everlasting wealths of a practitioners and should be regarded as indispensable.
The lama and yidam are inseparable from one’s own mind. In the development stage, meditate all appearances to be as empty as the moon’s reflection on water; all reppetitions and utterances as the sound-emptiness of mantra. All this is the display of one’s own single awareness of dharmata, the true nature. Within the space of dharmata, benefit and harm are nonexistent. So-called nirvana and samsara are labels corresponding primarily to hope and fear.