Translation - text

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

passage from text:
The happiness of the three worlds disappears in a moment,
Like a dewdrop on a blade of grass.
The highest level of freedom is one that never changes.
Aim for this — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.


Translation - text

A Light in the Dark

passage from text: Now, as you experience this vague knowing in which there is no thought or movement, look at what knows that this is happening, look at what is mentally or emotionally inert, and rest there. Then you experience an awareness that is free from thought and movement, has no sense of inside or outside, and is utterly clear and transparent, like space. Experience and experiencing are not separate. Yet you are unshakeable about what you are, thinking, “This is all there is!”


Translation - prayer

A Prayer Song to Mother Labkyi Drönma

passage from text:
Whatever appearances of happiness and suffering arise,
Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside.
This is the mahamudra of making all tastes equal.


Translation - prayer

A Shower of Energy

passage from text:
In these ways, all experience, appearance, sound, or thought,
Are signs that point me to know directly the nature of being.
They are solely expressions of my magnificent teacher.
In recollecting your great kindness, I pray to you.
Give me the energy to know directly the nature of all experience.


Translation - prayer

All the Matter in the World

passage from text:
All the matter of the world,living and not living,
Appear as objects to my eyes.
Let me rest in the appearance of things,without seeing them as things.


Translation - text

Aspirations for Mahamudra

passage from text:
It doesn’t exist: even buddhas do not see it.
It doesn’t not exist: it is the basis of samsara and nirvana.
No contradiction: the middle way is union.
May I know the pure being of mind,free of extremes.


Translation- text

Cutting Through

In response to the earnest request of George Draffan, an experienced follower of the way, Ken McLeod, a blind man who stumbles over his own feet, translated this excerpt from Machik’s autobiography in 2006 in Los Angeles.


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Daily Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

passage from text:
This day my life is fruitful.
I have claimed my human heritage.
Today I am born into the family of the awakened.
Now I am a child of buddha.
From now on I will do only what befits this family.
I will do nothing to disgrace this noble and faultless family.


Translation - text

Dakini Song

passage from text:
When wanting and grasping hold sway
The dakini has you in her power.
Wanting nothing from outside, taking things as they come,
Know the dakini to be your own mind.


Translation - prayer

Devotion Pierces My Heart

passage from text:
Even with a free and well-favored birth, I waste this life.
The meaningless activities of conventional life constantly distract me.
When I work at freedom, which is truly important, laziness carries me away.
Because I am turning away from a land of jewels with my hands empty,
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to make my life worthwhile.


Translation - prayer

Eight Thoughts of Great Individuals

passage from text:
As long as I dwell in the world,
may not a single thought of harming others arise in my mind.

May I strive energetically for the welfare of beings,
not faltering even for a moment from discouragement or fatigue.


Translation - prayer

Ever-present Good's Prayer of Intention

passage from text:
Through my awakened intention
May all who are quarrelsome and competitive
Stop their hostility and relax where they are.
As knowing finds its own place,
May they attain the pristine awareness of effective action.


Translation - prayer

Guru Yoga Prayer

In response to many students’ requests for a clear and simple translation of this classical and deeply revered prayer, Ken McLeod in Los Angeles put these words together as best he could.


Translation - text

How I Live The Practice

passage from text:
Not contaminated by holding to other and self,
Natural presence arises on its own.
This is the great power assembly that benefits others.
All samsara and nirvana are pure in this single mandala.
Holding to ground,path and result subsides.


Translation - text

Longchenpa's 30 Pieces of Sincere Advice

passage from translation:
You make an effort at practice and become a good and knowledgeable person.
You may even master some particular capabilities.
But whatever you attach to will tie you up.
Be unbiased and know how to let things be – that’s my sincere advice


Translation - text

Milarepa's Song to Lady Paldarboom

passage from text:
I was happy practicing with the ocean,
But a little uneasy about bringing waves into the practice.
Please give me instruction on practicing with waves.


Translation

Mind Training in Eight Verses

passage from text:
No matter where, no matter who,
In no way am I better, I deem.
As for others, in my heart
I hold them humbly in high esteem.


Translation - prayer

Mountain Offering Ritual

passage from text:
May we acquire all the abilities of the ground, path, and fruition.
And clear away all disruptions in outlook, practice, and behavior.
In the infinite expanse of the wonderful mind of Ever-present Good,
May we take hold of eternal being in the youthful vase body.


Translation - Prayer

Opening a Path to the Ocean of Awakening Mind

passage from translation:
I and all beings, in their infinities,
Whether demonic, crippling or alien,
Are, in the end, the same in emptiness.
Confused is the person who takes what is empty as real.


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Pith Instructions on Mahamudra

passage from text:
What joy!
Samsaric ways are senseless:they are the seeds of suffering.
Conventional ways are pointless. Focus on what is sound and true.
Majestic outlook is beyond all fixation.
Majestic practice is no distraction.
Majestic behavior is no action or effort.
The fruition is there when you are free from hope and fear.


Translation - text

The Vajra Song Recognizing Mind as the Guru

passage from text:
Because of your great compassion,
Every being is originally placed in full awakening.
Because of your powerful actions,
You engage and master everything in samsara and nirvana.


Translation - prayer

The Ship Which Sets Beings Free

passage from text:
By understanding the effects of good and bad actions,whatever their importance,
May I be able to keep to the workings of seed and result.
By seeing clearly the suffering in the three realms of samsara,
May I develop the renunciation to leave samsara’s domain.


Translation - text

The Short Vajradhara Prayer

passage from text:
The essence of thought is what is,
it is taught.
To this meditator who arises as an unceasing play,
Being nothing at all,but arising as anything,
Give me energy to know that samsara and nirvana are not separate.


Translation - text

A Song on the Six Perfections

passage from text:
For meditative stability, nothing to do,
Other than rest in presence.


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The Sutra of the Heart of the Lady Perfection of Wisdom

passage from text:
Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form is not other than emptiness…


Translation - text

Six Words of Advice

Urged to clarify Franca Leeson’s understanding of these instructions, both in terms of their meaning and how they are practiced Ken McLeod, a old dog who can no longer chew a bone, came up with these two translations.