Monday, October 08, 2007

(We Don't Need) No Stinking Badges

The singing of experience in song
was the tradition of former adepts,
known by name as the way experience is born.

The singing of understanding in song
is the tradition upheld by me today,
known by name as the experiential song of meditation.

after I entered the gate of the excellent Dharma,
with the precious, authentic master as spiritual father,
doubts of both word and meaning were removed.

Practicing without distraction,
a ceaseless understanding was born

Looking out at the external objects of the six groups,
I saw them to be the magical display of birthless mind.

Looking in at the internal, intrinsic awareness of mind,
there was the groundless, rootless nature of mind that is
forever empty.

Examining the attentive, aware mind in between,
incidental thoughts free themselves.

Godrakpa Sonam Gyaltsen (1170-1279)

Photograph, above, of Garuda Hole, a mountaintop home owned by the Bureau of Land Management of the United States Department of the Interior. It is undergoing a $3.00 renovation in preparation for gSangyum Tenpa's arrival. Feast guests have been asked to donate their skulls, blood, and internal organs to the new home.

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