Message from Patrul Rinpoche
It doesn’t matter if anyone says anything good or bad. All of it is just echoes. An echo doesn’t have a heart, it is completely empty. You can never follow it, but sound is present in an echo. Therefore, we use the echo to understand the essence of the empty echo. In the same way, all phenomena of samsara and nirvana have the same base. Therefore, we say that samsara and nirvana have one base, and this case, the phenomena of nirvana and samsara are not different.
We also say that this base is the absolute sphere, emptiness and essence. The base of the absolute sphere pervades all phenomena of samsara and nirvana. When you understand that, your aspect of the understanding mind becomes like the absolute sphere. At that time, we can have complete mastery over the mind and the perception of sound’s echo.
Written by Patrul Rinpoche, Thursday, 29 March 2007