In TANTRIC POETRY by Steven Goodman1 Comment


When I’m meditating, I abide
In the natural state, effortlessly settled
In the unwavering state, freely settled
In the open state, luminously settled
In the bliss state, clearly settled
In the concept free state, lightly settled
In the multiple & variable state, evenly settled
And this is how Awareness itself settles.
Multiple certainties ceaselessly arise,
manifesting as
naturally effulgent
effortlessly enlightened activity.
Wishing for results? No!
What a pleasure!
Hope & fear addicted? No!
What contentment!
Confusion becomes wisdom.
What a delight!

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.

Bhutanese painted thanka of Milarepa (1052-1135), Late 19th-early 20th Century, Dhodeydrag Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan
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. Sonja

    What a pleasure to read Mila´s vajra song

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