In prison Khenpo Münsel Rinpoche taught Garchen Rinpoche this: "The extent of your realization will be known when you encounter difficult circumstances. You will not know the extent of your realization when things go well." When you find yourself in a troublesome situation, when you are in great pain, when an intense emotion arises, only then will you know where you are at with practice. He added: "Adverse circumstances will reveal your hidden faults." If you are able to hold awareness unwaveringly during such a time, and thus if you are not carried away by the force of the emotion, it is a sign that you have gained experience in practice.
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If you were to practice mindful awareness with great diligence for just a month, if you were to recognize even the slightest thought and not allow your mind to wander off into delusion for that time, even in such a short time you would witness great changes. Fierce afflictions would not faze you so much any more, because you would have gained personal experience in observing the illusory play. There is in fact just one remedy necessary mindful awareness. It is the single sufficient remedy that transforms difficulties inside and out.
Khenchen Münsel Rinpoche (1916-1994) of Wangchen Topa, Golok; was a highly accomplished and respected Dzogchen Master and scholar who in turn instructed some of the greatest living and present-day Lamas. In his early years Rinpoche travelled all the way from Golok to Degai to enter the main Kathok monestary where he studied under many scholors. Later on he received personal instructions on Dzog-Pa Chen-Po from the most accomplished master of the time Khenpo Nagwang Palzang, an emanation of Vimalimtra.
Khenpo Nagwang Palzang predicted that if he continued to accomplish DzogPa ChenPo practice he would benefit countless beings. Even during transitional times in Tibet, when he was imprisoned for many years, he continuously carried on the practice of Dzogchen with great diligence, according to Long-Chen Nying-Thig lineage. As Rinpoche had predicted his enlightened practice benefitted countless students in Tibet who were naturally drawn to him although he lived an extremely simple lifestyle in a very remote area. From the many many disciples of Khenpo Münsel we have the great good fortune to be in the presence of such Masters as H.E. Lingtrul Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Sogan Rinpoche and Tulku Karzang.