Thursday, August 31, 2006
Thought Transformation in Eight Stanzas
By Langri Tangpa Dorje Senge
Being determined to accomplish
The highest welfare for all beings,
Who are more precious than the wish-fulfilling gem,
I shall constantly hold them dear.
When accompanying anyone,
I shall view myself as the lowest of all
And in the depth of my heart,
Shall hold others dearly as supreme.
Examining my continuum through all actions,
As soon as an emotional affliction arises
That endangers myself and others,
By facing it, I shall strictly avert it.
When seeing a being of wicked nature,
Who is forced by violent wrongs and sufferings,
I shall hold dear this one – so hard to find -
As though discovering a precious treasure.
When others, out of jealousy,
Treat me badly with abuse, insults and the like,
I shall accept their hard words
And offer the other the victory.
When someone whom I have assisted
And in whom I have placed great hope
Inflicts me with extremely great harm,
I shall view him as my supreme spiritual friend.
In short, I shall offer benefit and bliss to all mothers,
In this life and in the future continuum
And secretly I shall take upon myself
All of the harms and sufferings of my mothers.
When, having not defiled all these by the stain
Of preconceptions of the eight worldly feelings,
And perceiving all phenomena as illusory
Free from aversion and clinging,
I shall release from bondage.
Born a monk,
"A TIBETAN POEM
Each Choice--by Jigme Lingpa
As the eagle soars in the endless blue,
Its shadow races after it, far below.
Yet space does not divide: bird and shadow are linked.
So too each act—each choice
Source: Tibet, 18th Century"
This, above, is making the rounds of the various blogs today, and soon we will see it on bumperstickers.
The precise translation, from the Treasury of Precious Qualities, is:
"When the eagle soars up, high above the ground,
For a while its shadow is nowhere to be seen;
Yet bird and shadow still are linked. So it is with our actions:
When the right conditions come together, their effects will manifest."
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, seen here tinkering in his workshop (he likes to repair watches and things), will be visiting Pasadena again, September 12, 2006.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Here is a curiosity: Old Tibetan Documents Online. These are transliterations of various and sundry things that were deemed important several hundred years ago. Some Dunhuang material here about not carrying off the women.
We earnestly appeal to White Mahakala to bring peace and prosperity to the valley and surrounding area where we are now staying, and to all sentient beings; may they know abundance in every beneficial form and be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
A gift from the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism to the people of America.
May the clouds of ignorance that prevent me from seeing you be
A heart-stream of adorned motive
is tributary to a river of mercy,
where beings as numberless as stars
find, and take comfort from,
the energetic display of
your thousand faces of wisdom.
For you, inhabiting one and then the other,
with a realization beyond the three times,
I pray that a connection be established forever.
Oh, Rinpoche, even as I have no understanding,
let faith guide me to the self-liberation
that comes through your presence;
even as I have no faith,
let intention guide me to the aspiration
that comes through your voice;
even as I have no intention
let the hero of awareness
waken me from conceptual thinking.
Oh, Rinpoche, I beg you to look quickly to me;
Oh, Rinpoche, I beg you please remain.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
A personal note about seemingly hopeless situations.
On March 30th of this year I experienced what my cardiologist called a "massive" heart attack. Emergency surgical intervention was necessary to save my life, and as they prepared to do this, the doctor recorded in his notes that the likelihood of mortality was "high." Following surgery, the intensive care unit nurses informed me, "It is considered a miracle that you are alive." I was told that the damage was so severe, my life expectancy was being measured in weeks, not months.
Yesterday, I went to the hospital for a checkup. Apart from the artifact of the stent in my left artery, my EKG was normal. My cholesterol, which was 275 on discharge from hospital, was now absolutely spot on. Oxygen was 98% on room air.
Of course I am watching my diet, of course I am taking medicine, and I try to walk every day as I have been instructed. However, one factor--more than any other--has played a key role in what the doctors now concede is a very rapid and unprecedented recovery.
If you find yourself feeling hopeless about this or that medical issue, please write to me and describe your situation and I will send you something that helps where nothing else can.