“When I awoke, the whole world awakened.” — Buddha Sakyamuni
Sangdo Palri is the environment or “pure realm” of Guru Padmasambhava. We may wonder, “What or where is Sangdo Palri?” and “What is meant by a pure realm?”
Wherever we go in life, whether we walk into someone’s home or stroll through a city, the environment reflects the mind of a collective group and the individuals who inhabit it. Some environments are more harmonious, while other environments express the confusion or aggression of those who live there.
Now suppose our relationship to everything was completely harmonious and unconfused. And imagine what it would be like to value everything we encountered as sacred – even the more “challenging” experiences. If we had this kind of relationship with our world, we might find ourselves in Sangdo Palri – the resting place of Guru Padmasambhava.
When we build a temple or create an environment with the intention of connecting with the world in a more harmonious and wakeful way, we are calling to the forces that be, to support us. We are calling to the wakefulness of Guru Padmasambhava, the wisdom of our own minds, and the richness of the world around us.