The only reason why we are still here,
is because we believe there is a reason to be here.
So why are we still swimming in the sea of samsara?
Nirvana manifests as ease,
as unshakable freedom.
This isn’t watering down nirvana.
This is the reality of liberation that we can experience,
sometimes in a moment and sometimes in transformative ways that change our entire life.
No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.
I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivaled,
secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained.
This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep,
difficult to see, difficult to understand,
tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic,
subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.
Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being.
Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river.
But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law,
they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.
Once you have the View,
although the delusory perceptions of samsara may arise in your mind,
you will be like the sky; when a rainbow appears in front of it,
it’s not particularly flattered, and when the clouds appear it’s not particularly disappointed either.
There is a deep sense of contentment.
You chuckle from inside as you see the facade of samsara and nirvana; the view will keep you constantly amused,
with a little inner smile bubbling away all the time.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche