| states, must take rebirth
again because they have not abandoned ignorance (the root of Samsara).
They will fall into lower states in their next rebirth. That
is why remaining like this in cyclic existence is like staying in a fire,
or a nest of poisonous snakes. Do not wish or pray for samsaric happiness.
Instead, please develop a sound renunciation of the causes of suffering,
always wishing to be free from the circle of rebirths.
The Lama's speech and advice are the same as the nectar of immortality. As much as you have heard, none of it should have been in vain. So, without abandoning any of it, adopt it into your own practice. Think and meditate upon his advice, because no benefit will come from merely hearing, just as water cannot quench your thirst unless you drink. For this reason, you should stay in an isolated and secluded place.
Therefore, we should meditate on Love and Great Compassion for all sentient beings: enemies, friends, relatives and strangers. Develop equilibrium which is free from holding some close with desire and others distant with anger. By thinking with a good heart of the benefits of others, you must use your body, speech and mind to practise virtue, always making special and noble prayers.
The methods for developing the pure vision within oneself are to completely accumulate all the merits and to purify obscurations. It is extremely useful to exert yourself in these. Practise the Seven Branches, do prostrations, circumambulations, read Sutras, recite Mantras and practise the Bodhisattvas' Confession of Downfalls, which is complete with the Four Opponent Powers. Do this with diligence and all your negativities, obscurations, broken vows and downfalls will be purified. The essence of the accumulation of merit is the Mandala Offering, so you should do this also.
By joining all these accumulations of conceptualised merit with the Wisdom which realises the lack of self-nature of the three (subject, object and action), we accumulate the Collection of Wisdom. From the Collection of Merit comes the accomplishment of the Form Kayas of the Buddha, and from the Collection of Wisdom, the Dharmakaya is attained. Therefore, if you work with diligence in both purification and accumulation, the Pure View will grow within you.
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