EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING – A SONG BY MILAREPA

In TANTRIC POETRY by Steven Goodman8 Comments

I was inspired to render this song into English based on the following experience. Once while walking down the street a homeless guy asked me for some money. I glanced into his clear open eyes and was seized with a yearning to be of assistance. I fumbled for change, but had none. I looked at him, again, and said “I’m sorry, man, I have nothing”. And he said: “That’s alright man, everything is everything.”

 

appearance & emptiness
when they’re no different
everything is my view

dream time & wake time
when they’re no different
everything is my meditation

bliss & emptiness
when they’re no different
everything is my activity

now & later
when there’s no difference
everything is naturally real

mind & space
when there’s no difference
everything is dharmakaya

happy & sad
when there’s no difference
everything is guru’s instruction

upset & wisdom
when there’s no difference
everything is the realized state

my mind & buddha mind
when there’s no difference
everything is complete

About the Author
Steven Goodman

Steven Goodman

Prof. Steven D. Goodman is co-director and core faculty in the Asian and Comparative Studies Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco). He co-edited Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation (New York: SUNY Press, 1992), and studied Tibetan Poetics as a Rockefeller Scholar in residence at the Rice University Center for Cultural Studies. Board of director at Jonang Foundation, Working Committee at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha and Advisor at Khyentse Foundation.

Painting by unknown.
This poetry appeared in Tibetan Literary Arts, Curated by Marit Cranmer, published By Shang Shung Institute, Neilson Library, Smith College, May 2007.
Recommended reading by and about Milarepa.

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  1. Timeless nothingness
    Sitting
    On the structure of time
    Everything thins and nothingness in things
    And nothingness in nothingness
    Perfume of beauty, truth, love,
    Playfulness of silence
    Love and compassion

  2. Sherab Gyatso Alex

    nothing & everything
    when there is no difference
    there is realization

    everything & nothing
    when there is no difference
    there is effortless manifestation

  3. Everything is everything is a term that Nam vets use.
    Smiles
    X

  4. Wonderful story wonderful version of Milarepa. Garma Chang said of his translation something like he “cast his brick in hope others will cast their gold. Thanks for your gold.

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