Since all actions unfailingly bear fruit, if you practice to the best of your abilities, then by virtueof your efforts and the authenticity of your intention, you will obtain results.Jigme Lingpa attained full realization of the Great Perfection and conquered the everlastingcitadel of awareness. He actualized the four dimensions (kayas) of buddhahood. In this text he isdescribing the way he himself followed the path so that we can benefit from his experience. Evenif you cannot practice the entire range of teachings mentioned here, whatever you are able toapply will be of great benefit, just as gold is always valuable, even a tiny piece of it.
Listen, all of you who possess faith, who keep samaya and who strive from the depthsof your hearts for spiritual ideals. In cyclic existence, without beginning or end, with your negative actions acting as the cause, you have fallen under the influence of adverse conditions. Everything you can think of [in samsara] is just an experience of fear and suffering. Beings of the six realms must experience this continually, like prisoners cast into a dark cell.
Fervent devotion is the gateway to the dharma and the most important quality to possess.Without it, there is no way to gain any genuine understanding or realization of the dharma, noway to progress along the path, and no way to overcome obstacles. Devotion is a practitioner'strue wealth, the hand that harvests all accomplishments, and the wheel that speeds one to thegoal. When your mind is uplifted and transformed by hearing the life stories of buddhas andsaints, you experience
. When you long to follow their example and achieve liberation,you have
. When certainty is born as a result of your own spiritual practice, youachieve
Finally, when faith is so much a part of your being that you could notrenounce it even at the cost of your life, then you have
It is also essential to keep pure samaya, the sacred bond formed between disciple and teacher.Without keeping your samaya, there is no way to attain the common and supremeaccomplishments, or siddhis. In the Vajrayana one speaks of one hundred thousand samayas.However, if you consider your spiritual teacher to be a real buddha, value his teachings like your own heart, and carry out his instructions to the letter, then you possess the essence of allsamayas.Even if you have devotion and maintain pure samayas, worldly activities can considerably delaythe progress of your practice. Therefore, it is important for a practitioner to give up all gross andsubtle distractions, as well as all ties to worldly life, in order to be able to practice in the suitableisolation of a retreat. There is a saying that goes: "Right where you are, abandon gross worldlyties and cast off the subtle ones as well."Bodhisattvas deliberately incarnate again and again in samsara for the sake of sentient beings.On the other hand, ordinary beings are powerlessly dragged back to samsara again and again bytheir negative karma resulting from their concern with egoistic aims such as compulsive cravingfor pleasure, comfort, wealth, power, and fame.Only a real buddha can know when the three worlds of samsara first began. Those who wander in samsara must endure the heat and cold of the hells, the hunger and thirst of tormented spirits,and the servitude of animals. Human beings suffer from birth, old age, sickness, and death; fromnot experiencing what they want and experiencing what they don't want; from encounteringenemies and parting from friends. Demigods suffer from acute jealousy and strife, and godssuffer from falling into the lower realms after having mindlessly enjoyed a long heavenly life. Inshort, sentient beings are constantly plagued by suffering. When an enlightened being looks at