Gambling With the Lord of Death
Introduction from Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
This book is the retelling of a story first heard centuries ago by a small group of students of the great Indian master Padmasambhava. This extraordinary master, whose life was filled with many adventures and accomplishments, achieved the greatest accomplishment of all—the realization of the stainless and indestructible nature of his own mind that instantly dispels all illusions, even the fearful illusion of death. It is said that Padmasambhava departed this world in a mass of rainbow light, leaving behind many precious instructions and descriptions of his journey of transformation for students of the future. Though nothing in this story has changed, whoever hears it and takes it to heart might be changed by it. Like classic stories of all times, it takes you on a journey; only in this case you are the main character and the outcome is in your hands.