You’ll find the way
I pay homage to the guru, suffused with grace.
Please grant your blessings.
Please help me, a beggar, to practice.
Although you children, members of the current generation,
live in towns infested with negativity,
the dharmic connection remains.
Having heard the Buddha’s teaching
you sought me out-
this will keep you on the path.
By constantly accumulating merit you will get more devoted.
Blessings will enter your being
and the two kinds of realization will grow.
But even if you do all of this,
it’s not much help unless you reach full attainment.
I tell you this out of compassion.
Listen closely, my young friends.
When you’re alone,
do not think about the entertainment available back in twon,
or the maras will appear in your mind.
Then inward, and you’ll find the way.
When you meditate, apply patience, and hard work.
Contemplate the problematic nature of samsara, and the uncertainty of the time and place of death.
Avoid craving pleasurable things.
Then courage and patience will grow in you.
You’ll find the way.
When you request advanced teachings,
don’t long for learning, or to become a scholar.
If you do, desires and common behavior will dominate you.
You’ll throw your life in the trash.
Be humble and modest, and you’ll find your way.
When various meditation experiences arise
don’t be proud and excited about telling others,
or you’ll offend the dakinis and mothers.
Meditate evenly and you’ll be on your way.
When you’re with your guru
don’t overthink his positive and negative traits,
or you’ll find mountains of faults.
You’ll only find the way through faith and loyalty.
When you go to dharma gatherings with your brothers and sisters,
don’t try to be the first
or you’ll stir up anger and desire,
and cause problems for your vows.
Adjust, understand each other
and you’ll find the path.
When you beg for alms in town,
do not use the dharma
to deceive or manipulate others,
or you’ll force yourself down a lower path.
Be honest and genuine, and you’ll find the way.
Remember, especially, at all times and places:
don’t show off. Don’t be arrogant,
or your confidence will be overwhelming
and you’ll be bloated with hypocrisy.
If you abandon deception and be natural
you’ll be on track.
The person who has found the path
can pass on the blessed teachings to others.
Such a person not only benefits others, but himself as well.
Then, generosity is the only thought remaining in his heart.
– Jestun Milarepa
- daily meditation practice (bodhisattvaintraining.wordpress.com)
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- Be a Buddha! (1earthnow.wordpress.com)
- What we think we become. (jelenaneylan.com)
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