Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Long Life Prayer for Nobody

With compassionate prescience, you took rebirth in the West
On the very day destruction violated the Tibetan border:
You, the fearless shepherd of frightened beings in flight.

As a child in a land with little Dharma
The Buddhas themselves were your teachers
Bestowing the confidence of timeless knowledge.

You greeted the weary when they arrived
Giving to each the symbolic seed of their future activity:
Always, you were the guardian and protector.

Of fortunate birth and noble lineage
You kept secret the name that might have brought you comfort
And concealed yourself within the dance of wisdom.

You upheld the traditions in the most troubled hours
A well-placed guide for Padmasambhava's sons:
You, the heart emanation of kings and heroes.

Those who give refuge to all beings
Themselves found refuge in you,
Disguised as a whispering mirror at our side.

With perfect devotion we pray for your long life
Moreover, we beg you to look quickly upon us with mercy
From the azure blue sky of intelligence and emptiness.

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