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TitleTeachings on the bardos given by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
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Teachings on the bardos given by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in 1980 in California :

First is the bardo of birth and life; second, the bardo of meditation;
third, the bardo of dreaming; fourth, the bardo of death
and dying; fifth, the bardo of the true nature; and sixth, the bardo
of becoming. These six can be abridged to four: the bardo of birth
and life, the bardo of death and dying, the bardo of true nature,
and the bardo of becoming. Of these four the bardo of birth and
life is most important because right now we all have a precious
human birth with the eighteen endowments. We have available
to us teachers who are to a certain degree well qualified, and the
teaching we receive is a wish-fulfilling jewel, the very precious
teaching of the sutras and tantras. It is rare to have such a precious
opportunity. Don't waste your time when you have everything
going for you.
First, you should contemplate the significance of the four
thoughts that can turn the mind from the futility of samsara. Train
your mind again and again by returning to that contemplation.
Combine this with a deep, heart-felt devotion to the three jewels
and the three roots, which are brought into one state in your root
teacher who is the embodiment of three kinds of kindness and
inseparable from Guru Padmasambhava. What is devotion? It is
having joy and appreciation for your opportunities, for the lama
and the dharma.
What are these four thoughts? First, think how difficult it is to
obtain the freedoms and endowments of the precious human
body. Second, consider how life and compounded things are
impermanent. Third, recognize the inexorability of karma, of
results invariably following from causes. Fourth, observe that
none of the three realms of cyclic existence is beyond trouble and
suffering. The main point of this contemplation is to reduce
attachment and grasping to the activities of samsara.
Then begin the practices of the extraordinary ngondro.
Knowing the supreme qualities of the three jewels and thoroughly
understanding the difficulties of samsara, take refuge with clarity
and a profound aspiration to achieve the state of buddhahood
beyond samsara. It is imperative to develop unshakable
bodhichitta to benefit all the limitless numbers of sentient beings
who have experienced uninterrupted difficulties throughout all

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