Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bhodisattva Part One,

You see all phenomena
to have no coming and going,
still you strive solely for
the benefit of beings
Supreme Guru and protector,
Chenrezig, to you
I continually bow in respect
with body, speech and mind.

The source of benefit and happiness,
the perfected Buddhas,
they came about because
they accomplished
the Genuine Dharma.
To do so, again depends
on knowing their actual practice.
Therefore, the practices
of a Bodhisattva shall be explained.

Now that I have obtained
what is so difficult to find
the precious human body,
the great boat,
I shall ferry myself and others
over the ocean of Samsara.
Therefore, throughout day
and night without laziness
To listen, reflect and meditate.
is the practice of a Bodhisattva.

Passion towards friends
moves like water.
Hatred towards enemies
burns like fire.
The darkness of ignorance
makes one forget what to adopt,
what to reject.
To abandon the homeland of such,
is the practice of a Bodhisattva.

Leaving adverse places,
afflictions will gradually diminish.
Not being distracted,
virtuous activity will
naturally increase.
Through clear awareness trust
in the Dharma will be born.
To stay in solitude,
is the practice of a Bodhisattva.

Longtime acquainted with friends
and relatives will separate.
Possessions gained with exertion
will be left behind.
the guest, will leave the
guest-house of the body.
To discard this life in mind,

is the practice of a Bodhisattva.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be interesting if you would speak to the related-ness of this post and the previous one.

10:36 pm, May 18, 2015  

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