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Lions Roar : May 2006
ALL THESE FORMS All these forms that appear to the eyes that see, All things on the outside and the inside, The environment and its inhabitants Appear, but let them rest where no self ’s found; Perceiver and perceived when purified Are the body of the deity, clear emptiness— To the guru for whom desire frees itself, To Orgyen Pema Jungnay I supplicate. All these sounds that appear for ears that hear, Taken as agreeable or not, Let them rest in the realm of sound and emptiness Past all thought, beyond imagination; Sounds are empty, unarisen and unceasing, These are what make up the Victor’s teaching— To the teachings of the Victor, sound and emptiness, To Orgyen Pema Jungnay I supplicate. All these movements of mind towards its objects, These thoughts that make five poisons and afflictions, Leave thinking mind to rest without contrivances, Do not review the past nor guess the future; If you let such movement rest in its own place, It liberates into the dharmakaya— To the guru for whom awareness frees itself, To Orgyen Pema Jungnay I supplicate. Grant your blessing that purifies appearance Of objects perceived as being outside; Grant your blessing that liberates perceiving mind, The mental operation seeming inside; Grant your blessing that between the two of these Clear light will come to recognize its own face; In your compassion, sugatas of all three times, Please bless me that a mind like mine be freed. ♦ Translated by Jim Scott under the direction of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche Past All Thought, Beyond Imagination SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 79 Founded in India, the tantric school of Buddhism found its home in Tibet, where it became known as the Vajrayana, or “Diamond Vehicle.” These esoteric Tibetan teachings have been influential in the West, but without a solid grounding in Buddhism’s exoteric teachings, the Vajrayana view is subject to misinterpretation and its powerful practices to misuse. Here is a pithy statement of Vajrayana’s true view, practice, and fruition. It is attributed to PADMASAMBHAVA, the eighth- century Indian tantric yogi who brought Buddhism to Tibet. It is a devotional prayer he wrote for the use of his students, referring to himself as Orgyen Pema Jungnay (“the Lotus-Born One of Uddiyana”), one of his epithets.