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A Message to Human Beings: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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  A German film  A German film crew once asked crew once asked Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche to say something that say something that would would be heard by be heard by people all over the world. Here is people all over the world. Here is his response. his response.


First I would like to tell you that an enlightened essence is present in First I would like to tell you that an enlightened essence is present in everyone. It is present in every state, both samsara and nirvana, and in all everyone. It is present in every state, both samsara and nirvana, and in all sentient beings; there is no exception. Experience your buddha nature, make sentient beings; there is no exception. Experience your buddha nature, make it your constant practice, and you will reach enlightenment. In my lifetime I it your constant practice, and you will reach enlightenment. In my lifetime I have

known many, many people who attained such an enlightened state, both have known many, many people who attained such an enlightened state, both male and female. Awakening to enlightenment is not an ancient fable. It is male and female. Awakening to enlightenment is not an ancient fable. It is not mythology.

It actually does happen. Bring the oral instructions into your not mythology. It actually does happen. Bring the oral instructions into your own practical experience and enlightenment is indeed possible; it is not just a own practical experience and enlightenment is indeed possible; it is not just a fairy tale. fairy tale.  To  To realize realize our our buddha buddha nature, nature, we we need need the the support support of of three three principles.

principles. First is the precious Buddha, the primal teacher who showed the enlightened First is the precious Buddha, the primal teacher who showed the enlightened essence to others. Next is the precious dharma, the teachings on how to train essence to others. Next is the precious dharma, the teachings on how to train in experiencing the enlightened essence. Lastly, there is the precious sangha, in experiencing the enlightened essence. Lastly, there is the

precious sangha, the people who uphold and spread the teachings. Additionally, there are the people who uphold and spread the teachings. Additionally, there are three roots: there is the guru, the root of blessings; the yidam, the root of three roots: there is the guru, the root of blessings; the yidam, the root of accomplishment; and the dakini, the root of activities. They possess allaccomplishment; and the dakini, the root of activities. They possess

allknowing wakefulness, all-embracing compassion, the activity of deeds for the knowing wakefulness, all-embracing compassion, the activity of deeds for the benefit of beings, and the capacity to benefit of beings, and the capacity to protect and save others. protect and save others. Sometimes we may have doubts and hesitation when relating to the Sometimes we may have doubts and hesitation when relating to the Buddha’s teachings, but do not leave it with

that. It is very important to Buddha’s teachings, but do not leave it with that. It is very important to  validate  validate what what is is trustworthy trustworthy and and what what is is not. not. My My teachers teachers mentioned mentioned four four kinds of validation. First are the words of a perfectly enlightened being, such kinds of validation. First are the words of a perfectly enlightened being, such as the Buddha, whose statements are never unwise.

Then there are the as the Buddha, whose statements are never unwise. Then there are the teachings by the great masters of the lineage, passed from one to the other teachings by the great masters of the lineage, passed from one to the other until today. Third are the instructions we receive from our own

personal until today. Third are the instructions we receive from our own personal teacher. Finally, to decide with certainty, we need the validation of our own teacher. Finally, to decide with certainty, we need the validation of our own intelligence. Do not leave anything to blind faith or convential belief. intelligence. Do not leave anything to blind faith or convential belief. Examine for yourself what is really the truth. Examine for yourself what is really

the truth.  What  What is is the the reason reason for for the the misery misery and and pain pain every every living living being being undergoes? undergoes?  What  What is is the the cause cause of of samsara’s samsara’s delusion? It delusion? It is is nothing nothing other other than than lacking lacking the the experience of our enlightened essence. We ignore what is primordially experience of our enlightened essence. We ignore what is primordially

present within us: our buddha nature. Instead, immersed in confused present within us: our buddha nature. Instead, immersed in confused emotions, we chase illusory aims that endlessly result in more deluded emotions, we chase illusory aims that endlessly result in more deluded

experience. That’s called samsara. We have already done that for countless lifetimes, life after life, death following rebirth. Unless you now take this opportunity, while you are still a human being, to realize what is fully possible, you will continue in the future in the same deluded way. Please understand that the buddha nature is present within everyone. Nobody lacks this potential, not even a single person in this world. Unless you learn how to

bring it into your personal experience, train in that and realize it, you remain deluded. Delusion never disappears by itself. Spinning around on the rim of samsara’s vicious wheel, on the twelve links of dependent origination, you will continue life after life. We all die, are reborn, and die again,

countless times. But, in this present life, you can learn to experience your enlightened essence, and if you do that, you can, before passing away, attain the perfectly and fully awakened state of a buddha. The method to transform this human body into rainbow light at the moment of death is only through recognizing and realizing our buddha nature; there is no other possible way. The instruction for how to do that is still available. Place your trust in the

three jewels: the precious Buddha, dharma and sangha. Receive this teaching from someone who holds an unbroken lineage; this lineage is still intact. Otherwise, everyone dies; there is no exception. In the past, everyone who lived in this world died. Right now everyone alive will die. Everyone born in

the future will also die. Everything in the world changes; nothing remains the same, nothing is permanent, nothing lasts. If you want to be successful, if you really want to take care of yourself --recognize your enlightened essence.


Extracted with permission from Rangjung Yeshe Publications, from Repeating the Words of the Buddha , by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.



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