Just as no darkness exists at the center of the sun …

Stupa IV“Just as no darkness exists at the center of the sun,
To a yogi, universe and beings all arise as deities –
And the yogi is content.

Just as no ordinary stones exist on an island of gold,
To a yogi all sound resound as mantras –
And the yogi is content.

Just as a bird crossing a clear, empty sky leaves no trace,
To a yogi all thoughts arise as the absolute –
And the yogi is content.

In the vastness of awareness not confined to formal sessions,
To a yogi all mediation is relaxed and at ease –
And the yogi is content.

Free from the workings of mind,
I realize that phenomena are the absolute state.
You, my friend, should realize this too.
Don’t trust intellectual teachings –
Recognize that vast and unborn sameness.”

~ Shabkar


*Image: ‘Stupa IV’ by Michael Ash, Ladakh

When you see a lofty mountain…

“When you see a lofty mountain Pilgrims
Be reminded of the inner view;
The view is the teacher’s mind,
Inseparable from the nature of your own.

When you see a lovely forest,
Be reminded of experiences and realization;
Have no hopes of doubts about them,
They are all the teacher’s play.

When you see a garden of flowers
Be reminded of action, naturally free;
All actions in harmony with Dharma
Are the teacher’s perfect life.

However deluded your thoughts may be,
They are abut products of your intellect.
If you set your thoughts free
Where nothing arises, remains, or ends;
They will vanish into emptiness.
That naked emptiness is the guru:
Primordial wisdom beyond intellect.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


*Image: ‘Pilgrims’ by Michael Ash, 2007