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CALLING THE GURU FROM AFAR

In TANTRIC POETRY by Erik Pema Kunsang10 Comments

There is one meditation song in particular that opens up your mind. Practitioners sing it to call upon inspiration in times of need, to understand the hindrances for love and kindness, which are selfishness and basic unknowing, and to see the difference between being open or distracted during meditation. In that opening, we can experience how the awakened state is in actuality. Here is a version with soundtrack and lyrics, so you can sing along.

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LONGCHENPA’S BARDO ASPIRATION

In TANTRIC POETRY by Erik Pema Kunsang6 Comments

The culture we live in is dominated by these ideas, that we are just this human body, and when it ends we are no more. There is however an entirely different perspective, presented by the buddhas in the tantric texts: This present mind that knows and feels lives in the body, but is not of the body. It is unlike any other thing we know in life, because mind is neither something nor nothing. Think about it!

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SURESHVARA – THE SECOND KING OF SHAMBHALA

In TANTRIC POETRY by Douglas J. Penick0 Comments

Determined that none who are born shall linger in the bonds of suffering,
He is the protector of all children and carries a child in the crook of his right arm.
He is the compassion of the Buddha,
Inseparable from every form of life,
The final liberator of all who suffer all the tortures of hell.

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THE COSMIC MIRROR

In TANTRIC POETRY by Douglas J. Penick0 Comments

Now, without logic or consequence, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, shine. Free from the limits of perceiver, perception or consciousness. This is the all-encompassing radiance of the cosmic mirror.

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LISTEN UP – MILAREPA SINGS

In TANTRIC POETRY by Steven Goodman6 Comments

Listen dear, listen up Rechungpa, your old man Milarepa here, I sleep sometimes & sleeping. . . meditate, sleeping & sleeping, just that is meditation, the murky fog turns clear, there’s a way & I’m the guy who knows how others don’t, but if they did, I’d be happy.

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A CHARIOT FOR KNOWLEDGE-HOLDERS

In TANTRIC POETRY by Erik Pema Kunsang11 Comments

The voice belongs to a yogi. He has for some reason felt compelled to give me a small stack of single sheets of script in Tibetan writing or print. He disappears right away into the mist. I sit in a little cave above the Lotus Lake in Himachal Pradesh and happily open up the cloth-wrapped stack of pages.

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THE SONG OF THE VAJRA

In TANTRIC POETRY by David Christensen11 Comments

As indestructible as the Vajra, As stable as the mountain, As pure as the lotus, Strong as a lion, Incomparable bliss, Beyond all limits; Illumination, Equanimity, Peak of the Dharma, Light of the Universe, Perfect since the very beginning.