This Vajra Mind

June 25, 2012

Oh indestructible, glorious mind,
like a diamond, unbroken.

The final refuge,
without you,
there is no solace.

And yet your secret, so subtle,
eludes most.

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

If they ridicule you,
cast stones,
accuse you of this or that.

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

If they lift you up,
heap praise upon praise,
and every reward is yours.

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

Look, there you are,
famous, a star!

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

Oh, no, unfortunate one!
Your love has left,
your coffers empty!

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

Not finding you,
all that is left is your naked reality,
freed from conceptions.

Not finding you,
all that can be found,
or not found,
is attained in an instant.

Oh blessed, Highest Self,
I bow before you.
For you, and you alone,
have shown me:

This Vajra Mind cannot be found.

The World Is The Way

February 25, 2012

Compassion arises naturally,
when suffering  is recognized as universal.

For in the great expanse of time and space,
all beings suffer.

In recognition of one’s own Voidness,
the refuge of absence precedes liberation.

Yet even if liberated, delusion persists, and thus suffering.

Compassion leads to commitment,
when suffering is recognized as resolute.

Determined to have its way,
by insistence on selfhood,
misery weaves its way through time and space,
creating an urgent call to act.

This is the way of the world – the world is the way.

To ease the suffering of friend and foe alike,
this is the Bodhisattva’s path.