You, My Disciple

(From a collection of songs translated by Yeshe Gyamtso and published by KTD Publications (2007) as the Treasury of Eloquence: The Songs of Barway Dorje. Posted with permission. Copyright 2007 Karma Triyana Dharmachakra & Peter O’Hearn. All Rights Reserved.)

You, my disciple with genuine good intentions,
Don’t crave the busy distractions of this life.
Continuously recollect impermanence and death.
Spur yourself, from your heart, on the authentic path.

If your guru’s blessing doesn’t enter your heart,
It is hard for dharmic qualities to arise in your being.
Pray, therefore, to your root guru.

Rest freely in the freshness of your mind recognizing itself
Without the ignorant alterations of the intellect.
Whether there is stillness or movement,
Just cultivate mere no-distraction.

Never pollute it with “I’m doing this,” “I will do that,”
Desire for clarity, hope for the good,
Dislike of obscurity and movement, and other fears.
By cultivating this you will accomplish your great goal of liberation.

This was written in a moment by Barway Dorje
For the disciple Tenpa Dargyay
At the request of Dechen Gyalpo.

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