July 4th Milarepa

I supplicate you, Marpa the translator.

I pray that you grant me more bodhicitta.

No matter how beautiful the words of a song might be

it’s just a song

to those who know the truth.

If a parable doesn’t agree with the buddha’s teachings

however eloquent it might be

it’s nothing but noise.

If one does not practice the dharma,

but claims to be learned

one is only self-deceived.

Living alone is being imprisoned

if you don’t practice the instructions of the oral transmission.

Work is only punishment

if you neglect the buddhadharma.

For those who are unethical

prayers are just wishful thinking.

For those who don’t practice what they preach

making speeches is hypocrisy and lies.

When you shun non-virtue, obscurations naturally diminish.

When you do good deeds, merit is gained.

A lot of talk is useless.

Follow my song and practice dharma.


I bow down at Marpa’s feet.

Are you demons still in a bad mood?

You can fly through the sky easily

but your minds are full of obscuring habitual thoughts.

You bare your deadly fangs to frighten others

but without a doubt when you harm them

you’re only harming yourself.

The law of karma never fails.

No one escapes its movement.

You are only harming yourselves

you hungry ghosts, you confused and poisonous spirits.

I can only feel sadness and pity for you.

Since you are always doing wrong,

being cruel is natural to you.

Since the karma of killing binds you

you love to eat meat and drink blood.

Taking the lives of others

leads to rebirth as a hungry ghost.

Your negative actions lead you

to the depths.

Turn back, my friends, from this trap

and try to find real happiness

beyond all hope and fear.


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