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Footprints on the Journey: Bear in Mind - Khenpo Sodargye
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Bear in Mind

Choyang Rongdrok, or Vajra Master Yekho of contemporary Tibet, is widely recognized as a realized yogi of the Great Perfection. It is believed that he is the reincarnation of Master Vamilamitra. He usually assumed a wrathful appearance and trained his disciples strictly with high demands. He rarely granted audiences, except for special cases. Our beloved Choeje (King of Dharma) Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche had the fortune to meet him at age 15.

During his later years, Choyang Rongdrok built retreat huts on the mountains near Wenda County in Sertha and gave Dharma teachings to 100 or so retreatants. Many of his disciples attained accomplishment and displayed various signs when they were entering into nirvana.

His disciple Sonam Phuntsok once requested an incomparable instruction of him. The master taught: “Visualize the supremely kind master on the crown of your head, pray to him constantly and receive the four empowerments from him, merge your mind with wisdom. Perceive all appearances as the body of the master’s, all sounds as the speech of the master’s, and all discursive thoughts as the display of the master’s wisdom. In brief, all phenomena, animate or inanimate, are entirely the manifestation of the master. While eating, visualize the master at your throat, and offer him the food as amrita. This will dispel defilements and transform ordinary food into a tsog offering. As you go to sleep, visualize the master at the center of your heart, radiating light that reaches all realms. You then melt into light and become one with him. When death approaches, do not become frightened or act with total confusion. Calm down, imagine that your mind merges inseparably with the master’s wisdom, and remain in that state. This is the essential transference of consciousness for the dying. Even if you were to study with me for a hundred years, I would not have any better teachings than these. I hope you will remember them well!”

The master’s teaching is indeed very precious, surpassing even the wish-granting jewel of the world. Anyone reading these words, the very embodiment of sublime wisdom, cannot but experience a refreshing insight. If this is not the case, that particular person may be suffering from a case of “heart stones.”

Evening of the 18th of February, Year of RenWu
March 31, 2002


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