Tonglen: Giving and Taking

10262096_433310203471355_1943803988365202634_nAll sentient beings, my parents, wish happiness;

all wish to avoid suffering.

If all my mothers suffer, how can this child be happy?

I shall suffer the consequences of my unskillful acts,

if not this very day, then shortly after—

bless me to eat the bitter fruit before it ripens.

Bless me to take away their suffering.

so’ham sa’ham

I take into my heart all their suffering and the causes of suffering.

By the fire of aspiration and the wind of compassion,

it dissolves into emptiness.

ram yam kham

I give them all my happiness and the causes of happiness.

om ah hum

Gain and victory to others, loss and defeat to myself!

Whenever and wherever I meet my anguished mothers,

bless me to mount this aspiration on the breath.

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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