Roots

The root of Saṃsāra is self-grasping. The root of the Transcendent Dharma is the realization of selflessness.

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Letter Sent to Lama Lhumgompa, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Letter Sent to Lama Lhumgompa (bla ma lhum sgom pa la bskur ba’i ‘phrin) by Ch'öjé Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey (smar-pa shes-rab ye-shes, 1135–1203) Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos, 2016 OṂ SVĀSTI. [“May all be auspicious.”] I bow at the feet of the Precious One. On the marvelous lotus in the sky, There are … Continue reading Letter Sent to Lama Lhumgompa, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Song of Symbolic Dharmas Necessary for Meditation, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Song of Symbolic Dharmas Necessary for Meditation (sgom dgos pa’i brda chos kyi mgur) by Ch’öjé Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey (smar-pa shes-rab ye-shes, 1135–1203) Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos, 2016 That which is like a brilliantly glowing rainbow, In the limitless, totally pure sky: If emptiness and the mode of emptiness are not understood, … Continue reading Song of Symbolic Dharmas Necessary for Meditation, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Letter Poem Sent to the Mahāsiddha T’angtong Gyëlpo Along with the Support of a Fifty Coral Rosary, by Shākya Ch’okden

Featured image above: The Golden Mahāpaṇḍita, Shākya Ch'okden (gser-mdog pan-chen shaa+kya mchog-ldan) Image below: The Mahāsiddha T’angtong Gyëlpo (grub-chen thang-stong rgyal-po, 1385-1509) Sent to the Mahāsiddha T’angtong Gyëlpo Along with the Support of a Fifty Coral Rosary (grub chen thang stong rgyal po la byu ru lnga bcu ‘phreng gi rten dang bcas gnang ba) by the … Continue reading Letter Poem Sent to the Mahāsiddha T’angtong Gyëlpo Along with the Support of a Fifty Coral Rosary, by Shākya Ch’okden

Personal Experiential Feelings of the Yogi, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Personal Experiential Feelings of the Yogi (rnal ‘byor rang gi nyams tshor) by Ch’öjé Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey (smar-pa shes-rab ye-shes, 1135–1203) Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos, 2016 The intrinsically liberated original nature of mind: Don't let it be constrained by the knot of conceptual activity. With body and all resources, Day and night … Continue reading Personal Experiential Feelings of the Yogi, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Letter Poem to Jangch’ub Kyab, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey

Missive to Master Jangch’ub Kyab (dpon byang-chub skyabs la sbkur-ba) by Ch’öjé Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey (smar-pa shes-rab ye-shes, 1135–1203) Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos   If original mind, the Absolute Body (dharmakāya), is not realized, Then even staying in forest retreats is just paying rent. If, in the realization of the mind of … Continue reading Letter Poem to Jangch’ub Kyab, by Marpa Sheyrab Yéshey