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Words of Wisdom

Selections from the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian) – Songs 43-44, 46-50, Part 2 of 2

2022-01-06
Language:English,Mandarin Chinese(中文)

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“‘The Six Paramitas (Perfections) contain all Buddhist teachings. To those who practice Dharma (true teaching), Wealth is but a cause of diversion. He who gives his (wealth) all away, Will be born a Prince of Heaven. Noble is it to practice charity! Moral discipline is a ladder to Liberation Which neither monks nor laymen can discard; All Buddhist followers should practice it! Buddhist patience, by the Patience-preacher exemplified, Is the virtue which the Buddha cherished most. It is a garment difficult to wear, Yet all merits grow when it is worn. Diligence is the short path to Freedom And a necessity for Dharma-practice. Without it nothing can be done. Ride then upon the horse of diligence! These four Dharmas (true teachings) bring merit to men, Being indispensable for all. Now I will speak of Wisdom. Meditation is a teaching between these two, As it applies both to Wisdom and Merit practice. By it, all distractions are overcome, For all Buddhist practice, it is most important. Wisdom-Paramita (Perfection) is the teaching of Final Truth, The dearest treasure of all Buddhas. Enjoy it then without exhaustion. It is the Wish-fulfilling Gem of Heaven, Fulfilling the hopes of all sentient beings. To those who can renounce activities, Wisdom-Paramita (Perfection) will bring final rest. This provision of Wisdom is most precious, Whereby, one will reach perfection step by step.’”

“‘If to Nirvana (the highest paradise) you aspire, Abandon then this world. If from the depths of your heart You want to practice Dharma (true teaching), Listen to my words and follow in my footsteps. If you want to consummate the (Supreme) Accomplishment, Never forget that death will come. If hard and long you meditate, all Buddhas In the past, the present and the future Will be well-pleased. If you are ever straight-forward and upright in the Dharma (true teaching), You will receive the grace of your Guru. If without error you understand these words, You can be sure that more happiness And joy will come your way, For such is my experience.’”

“‘Should you, oh, faithful lady Devas, Intend to practice the Dharma (true teaching) often, Inwardly you should practice concentration and contemplation. The renunciation of external affairs is your adornment. Oh, bear in mind this remedy for external involvement! With self-composure and mindfulness, You should remain serene. Glory is the equanimity of your mind and speech! Glory is the resignation from many actions! Should you meet disagreeable conditions, Disturbing to your mind, Keep watch upon yourself and be alert. Keep warning yourself: “The danger of anger is on its way”. When you meet with enticing wealth, Keep watch upon yourself and be alert. Keep a check upon yourself: “The danger of craving is on its way”. Should hurtful, insulting words come to your ears, Keep watch upon yourself and be alert, And so remind yourself: “Hurtful sounds are but delusions of the ear”. When you associate with your friends, Watch carefully and warn yourself: “Let not jealousy in my heart arise” When you are plied with services and offerings, Be alert and warn yourself: “Let me beware lest pride should spring up in my heart!” At all times, in every way, keep watch upon yourself. At all times, try to conquer evil thoughts within you! Whatever you may meet in your daily doings, You should contemplate its void and illusory nature. Were even one hundred saints and scholars gathered here, More than this they could not say. May you all be happy and prosperous! May you all, with joyful hearts, Devote yourselves to the practice of the Dharma (true teaching)!’”
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