Padmasambhava: Sleep and Dreams



Alas, now as the intermediate state of living [so-called "normal life"] arises before me,
Renouncing laziness, for which there is no time in this life,
I must enter the undistracted path of study, reflection and meditation.
Taking perceptual experience and [the nature of] mind as the path,
I must cultivate actualisation of the three buddha-bodies [highest enlightenment].
Now, having obtained a precious human body, this one time,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

Alas, now as the intermediate state of dreams arises before me,
Renouncing the corpse-like, insensitive sleep of delusion,
I must enter, free from distracting memories, the state of the abiding nature of reality.
Cultivating [the experience of] inner radiance,
Through the recognition, emanation, and transformation of dreams,
I must not cherish sleep like a beast,
But cherish the experiential cultivation which mingles sleep with actual [realisation].

Quoted from Root Verses of the Six Intermediate States by Padmasambhava, included in The Tibetan Book of the Dead published by Viking in 2006 (ISBN 0-670-85886-2).

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