Evaluation

budblI bow to the Lord of Compassion!

 

I may know as many sutras as an elephant can carry on his back,

but if I do not abandon self-grasping and self-cherishing[1],

my mind is still far from the Dharma.

Bless me to realize the wisdom of equality[2]!

 

On the peak of pride and fame, water does not remain.

If others deem me gifted or superior,

when I have not subdued the poisons[3],

my actions are still far from the Dharma.

Bless me to manifest all-accomplishing wisdom!

 

What color is the flower that blooms where no one sees it?

Dreams, fixation, and different experience[4];

no connection[5], dissimilar appearance[6], and definite concomitance[7]

 —the grasper and the grasped share the same nature.

Bless me to maintain a joyful mind!

 

Informed by wisdom and impelled by compassion,

may I ever heal the sick, nurture the young,

protect the weak, love the beautiful,

serve the good, honor the wise, and align with the highest[8].

Bless me to benefit all beings, spontaneously and constantly!

 

Mind Training 60 – 63: Evaluation

All Dharma agrees on one point.

Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.

Always maintain a joyful mind.

If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.


[1] The wrong view of an independent subject, “I”, and the afflicted emotion of attachment to the false self.

[2] Five pure wisdoms: of reality, mirror-like, of equality, of discernment, and all-accomplishing.

[3] Attachment, aversion, and indifference, leading to non-virtue.

[4] Examples of the mechanism of internal mental representation. Fiction, art, and photography are other examples.

[5] There is no connection of identity or production between material substances and insubstantial consciousness.

[6] The same object is perceived differently by various subjects.

[7] The apprehended object and the apprehending consciousness always appear simultaneously (form and the consciousness of form, up to karmic formations and the ground consciousness).

[8] The seven signs and symptoms of the spontaneous manifestation of natural perfection.

 

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Evaluation

  1. talesfromthelou says:

    Reblogged this on Zen Flash.

  2. talesfromthelou says:

    I really like that Tashi.

  3. Love this one. The priniciple witness – not trying to please the delusion.

  4. Kathy C says:

    Thank you for this excellent exercise and evaluation. I am grateful to Tashi Nyima for the presentation. ~ Namaste ~ Blessings!

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