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    Nevertheless, these days householders are able to (1) undertake the occasional vows, including the practice of fasting, as explained in the Abhidharma’s treatment of the eight vows on the full moon, new moon, and eighth lunar day, and (2) permanently maintain a single vow, thereby abandoning one of the nonvirtues, such as killing or lying.

      - For this reason, during auspicious times such as the full moon, do not wander about doing meaningless things. Rather, adhere to the paths leading to the higher states and liberation—namely, the eight occasional vows: the four root vows and abstention from intoxicants, wearing garlands, high beds, and meals after noon.

    Do not be idle on auspicious days such as the full and new moons. Observe the eight occasional vows, the infallible cause for obtaining rebirth in the higher realms.

- Jigme Lingpa

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The deluded claim that the false is true, but they fail to see the truth in the falsity; the enlightened see that the false is not true, and so they are able to see the truth in falsity.

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    Second are the general enumerations concerning the corresponding things to be known about
    isolated environments. From the teachings of the lord Kaldan Gyatso [a Rekong Mahasiddha
    from Amdo], it is stated:

    O solitary meditators who hope to wander in isolated places, listen here to this song with a
    mind of delight. Not being able to decide yourself, it is rare to find a true friend who will
    encourage you in this way.

    If you feel inspired to retreat to a remote mountain—then if you can remain at the upper
    slopes of a mountain concealed by misty clouds where a glacial cave awaits you, happiness
    in this and the future lives will ensue. If you feel inspired to retreat to a remote forest—if you
    rely upon a place such as that in the midst of a densely growing grove of trees, a cool abode
    awaits you where joyful delight will ensue.

    If you feel inspired to retreat go to a remote snow mountain—somewhere on the slopes of the
    whiteness, by relying upon a practice cave where you can remain alone in solitude, then
    virtuous activities will increase. If you are inspired to retreat to a remote highland plain—in
    the meadows of brilliantly blooming flowers, a delightful grassy green shelter awaits you. In
    a place such as that, true natural happiness will prevail.

    If you are inspired to retreat to a remote rocky mountain where vultures’ nests abound and
    with natural astonishing caves marking its face—in a place such as that, awareness will
    awaken. If you are inspired to retreat to a remote crag in the midst of its colored strips and
    piles of sliding rocks—in a place such as that within a cave where there are no distractions,
    whatever comes to mind will be yours.

    If you are inspired to retreat in a glacier mountain area—below the sheets of shale, a stone
    structure where a simple beggar stays will await you. In a place such as that, freedom is
    natural. If you are inspired to enjoy companionship in these remote places—while observing
    your friends, the birds and animals that abound, in an instant their sounds captivate you with
    pleasure; for to rely on such friends is a source of great joy.

    If you are inspired to go to a remote lake, where slapping waves wash its shores and waters
    create gentle repetitive sounds—in a place such as that, there is constant delight. If you aspire
    to partake of the food of isolation—the provisions are the nettles and fruits that grow here
    and there. When savored, their flavor is most delicious. To rely upon such sustenance, how
    astonishing indeed!

    If you aspire to listen to this song of isolation, a song that benefits your stream of mind, then
    it is always necessary to keep these habits strong; for to rely upon a song such as this is a
    great marvel itself!

    So, it is as taught.

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