We become enlightened through experiencing what is always present within us. However, stability in this unexcelled state of unity is not attained independently of means and knowledge. The means is proper conduct; knowledge is the view. Since the real purpose of spiritual endeavor is to soften our rigid character, we should unite view and conduct. The practices of accumulating and purifying are meant to facilite this. And these are the very topics that Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche addresses in Rainbow Painting.
"People have the habit of thinking that something is bound to happen after practicing meditation a while-like going through school-that after ten or fifteen years you will end up with a degree. "I can make it happen! I can do enlightenment!" Not in this case, though. You cannot make enlightenment, because enlightenment is unconstructed. Realizing the awakend state is a matter of being diligent in allowing non-dual awareness to regain its natural stability. It is difficult to reach enlightenment without such diligence, without undertaking any hardship." -Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche"
"Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche has lived at length in a mountain hermitages, spent many years in retreat, and done a considerable amount of meditation training. For this reason, he gives the very quintessence of the sacred teachings spoken by our compassionate Buddha Shakyamuni. He speaks from experience, expressing what he himself has undergone, instructing us in the way we should practice in a complete and unmistaken manner. These teachings, saturated with direct, pithy instruction, are unique." -Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
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