To prepare for the bardo state, it is very important to always keep in mind that, “Whatever I experience right now, whatever happens, is unreal, illusory.” Such training will make it much easier to remember in the bardo states. The most crucial point, however, is to resolve on and rest in the state of rigpa, the nature of mind. Whether the world turns upside down or inside out, it does not matter: just lean back and rest in rigpa. We do not have to pigeon hole every single little experience that takes place as such-and-such, because there is no end to the ideas that dualistic mind can create. It is not at all necessary to categorize. It is more important to simply resolve to recognize rigpa no matter what occurs.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
from the book Vajra Speech: A Commentary on The Quintessence of Spiritual Practice
translated by Erik Pema Kunsang
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