SEEING, DEEPENING, RESPONDING AND ARRIVING

In TANTRIC POETRY by Steven Goodman3 Comments

The Heart Advice from the Tibetan meditation master Nyakla Jangchub Dorje: A Concise Teaching on Seeing, Deepening, Responding and Arriving according to Dzogpa Chenpo Kadak Trekcho.

KYE HO!
dear children, listen closely!
what you call mind isn’t anything at all
allow your own mind to look at itself.
past thoughts are no longer here, and
the future’s not yet here
and whatever arises now
is beyond reckoning.

let all thoughts
the past, present and future
settle, right now,
and in this moment
see how it is
if you see
colors & shapes
this is a sign
you’ve wandered
into the house of delusion.

if you think “it’s nothing, there’s nothing”
you’re trapped
in the numb empty state
and the richness of your own nature
will not emerge.

you know,
you can investigate
meditate for a hundred years
and not be
moving towards freedom
great natural perfection
is present
awareness right now

no thoughts & conditions
clear & radiant, like the sky
this never changes
it is dharmakaya, the primordial
clear & radiant awareness
is unceasing in its splendor
it is sambhogakaya, the rapturous
the arising of all possible things,
an ever-present vibration
it is nirmanakaya, the magical
whatever

whenever something
happens
don’t do
anything
with it
let it
settle by itself
thoughts are fuel
flaring up &
toxic

let them come
and go
they will
dissolve into space
coming
going
no difference

when they come
look directly
how they come
when they go
look directly
how they go
it is
exactly
the same, no
favorites no
choosing
eating
sitting
walking
standing
sleeping
talking,
whatever
you do,
when
you do it
look directly
how you are
this is how
ordinary beings
become buddhas

nothing is more direct
than this
more profound
than this
teaching
& for those who rely
on this
teaching
causes & conditions are gone

this is the space
just this
directly know
every experience
is magical
the wisdom eye
is now open
clairvoyance
now here
your body is no longer solid
you can travel unrestrained
death time comes &
your material and vital forces break down
and your elemental energies transmute
into the blessings
of rainbow remains
never changing
it’s now dissolved
back into
the primal state
awareness settles back
into space
Dharmakaya, the primoridal
and it activates
all tangible dimensions
releasing enlightened activities
bringing benefit
to all who live
wide as space itself
this is how it is.
now bountiful benefits
will flow
BE HAPPY! GEY- O!

This one page text in Tibetan, entitled Nyag bla byang chub rdo rje’i rdzogs pa chen po ka dag khregs chod lta sgom spyod ‘bras don mdor bsdus bstan pa, was translated, at the urging of Lama Wangdor, on 25 June 2005 in Oakland, California. Disciple of Nyag bla Padma bdud ‘dul, Nyag bla byang chub rdo rje, whose dates are sometimes given as 1838–1953, was the principal Dzogchen teacher of the contemporary master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.

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.

This poetry appeared in Tibetan Literary Arts, Curated by Marit Cranmer, published By Shang Shung Institute, Neilson Library, Smith College, May 2007.

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