At the time of dying
[At this moment - the time of dying], the inner radiance of the ground dawns upon
all sentient beings,
And, in the case of a few yogins who have achieved realization,
At this moment, the inner radiance of the path meets [the inner radiance of the ground]
Like a [meeting of] a mother and child,
And [thus, now] instantaneously, in an ascending and core-penetrating manner,
These [yogins] will actualize the uncreated Buddha-body of Reality,
And through the Buddha-bodies of Perfect Resource and Emanation,
They will perform inestimable actions for the sake of all beings.
[Thus], the three buddha-bodies will be spontaneously present,
And buddhahood will have been attained.
Because of this, one should understand the significance of obtaining a human body,
And cherish the experiential cultivation of the profound [sacred] teachings.
For, even though the genuine inner radiance [of the ground] will [always] arise [at
the moment of death],
In the case of all beings who have not [already] realized the [inner radiance of
It will not be recognized.
The [past] births that one has assumed and left behind are countless and infinite,
And, although the inner radiance has indeed arisen an indescribable [number of times],
It has been obscured [again and again] by the dense [fog of] co-emergent ignorance,
And [thereby], one has come to wander endlessly through cyclic existence.
That is why it is important to achieve such a secure level [of realization in this
The Tibetan Book of the Dead Signs of Death -