Examine your own mind

Chokgyur_LingpaTo see if you’re aware of impermanence or not,

check whether your plans are long or short term.

To see if you perceive samsara as flawed or not,

check how strong are your attachments.

To see if you’ll attain liberation in the future or not,

check whether your conduct is good or bad.

 

To see if you’ve given rise to loving kindness and compassion or not,

check how you take care of those in need.

To see if you’ve tamed the demon of anger or not,

check how much hatred you feel towards your enemies.

To see if you’ve dispelled the obscuring demon of ignorance or not,

check how much you cling in hope and fear.

To see if you’ve purified the three poisons or not,

check how free from grasping you’ve become.

You’ll know your Dharma practice has become the path or not

by thoroughly examining your own mind.

—Chokgyur Lingpa

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 Examine your own mind

  1. Cheryla says:

    Excellent list for checking progress. Chokagyur Lingpa just sets down the ‘check” list for us to go by.
    In those very few words, one can have a “report card” for right living. I will print it out for contemplation. Can you tell us more about this teacher and his writings?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (Wyl. mchog gyur bde chen gling pa) (1829-1870) — the emanation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, was born in Nangchen in Kham. He was a contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul, and, like Khyentse Wangpo, was entrusted with the seven special transmissions. His terma revelations, the Chokling Tersar, include the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel and the Three Classes of the Great Perfection.

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thanks for the nice tutoring.PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年06月30日 (週一) 10:18 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “To see if you’re aware of impermanence or not, check whether your plans are long or short term. To see if you perceive samsara as flawed or not, check how strong are your attachments. To see if you’ll attain liberation in the future or not, “

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