It was the fifteenth day of the eleventh month of the Fire Tiger Year, January 14, 1987, when His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche said to his wife and those close to him, “Now I have completed everything.”
Usually he would do all his regular practices, and meditate and pray for people who requested his prayers in many directions, but on this day he said:
“I have completed everything, every prayer that has been asked of me. Now I am going to leave. Please be careful in the future to pay attention. Karma can be very subtle and tricky. We might think something is no big deal, but it may turn out to have serious consequences, so pay good attention to the karmic process.” — Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche
He continued, “This is what every practitioner needs to pay attention to — even those with the highest realization. I’ve done my part.”
Upon hearing this, many of those present didn’t believe him. They thought he was making some casual statement, but soon afterwards he got sick and passed away. This is how great ones move.
Excerpt taken from Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches: “The Essential Journey of Life and Death“, Volume 1 (page 159)