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It comes into your heart, where the selfcherishing mind is located, in the form of a solid, dark spot or rock. The dark smoke of suffering absorbs into the rock of self-cherishing and destroys it..... Then breathe out happiness and positive qualities and merit, in the form of bright light, giving to yourself and all those other people whatever qualities are needed to be able to deal with the problem and to progress along the path to enlightenment. Conclude the meditation by feeling joyful that you have done this practice, and dedicate the merit (positive energy) of the practice that all beings may be happy and free from suffering.

4. Bokar Rinpoche. Death and the Art of Dying in Tibetan Buddhism. 52-53. 44 INSPIRING QUOTES “My disciples, my end is approaching, our parting is near, but do not lament. Life is ever changing; none can escape the dissolution of the body. This I am now to show by my own death, my body falling apart like a dilapidated cart. Do not vainly lament, but realize that nothing is permanent and learn from it the emptiness of human life. ’ — Bhagavad-gita When you are strong and healthy, You never think of sickness coming, But it descends with sudden force, Like a stroke of lightning.

From The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation by Joel and Michelle Levey (Wisdom Publications, Boston, 1991) 43 NOTES 1. 197. 2. 113. 3. 422. 4. Bokar Rinpoche. Death and the Art of Dying in Tibetan Buddhism. 52-53. 44 INSPIRING QUOTES “My disciples, my end is approaching, our parting is near, but do not lament. Life is ever changing; none can escape the dissolution of the body. This I am now to show by my own death, my body falling apart like a dilapidated cart. Do not vainly lament, but realize that nothing is permanent and learn from it the emptiness of human life.

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