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    Wisdom from an old lady

    This is from one of the Tibetan lineages but I find that there so direct pointing going on here so I would like to share.

    Wisdom from an Old Lady

    For ninety-nine years,
    I have worked for the benefit of beings.
    now this work is almost complete.

    I will not take birth again
    in this human realm in a physical form,
    nor will I leave behind any remains or relics.

    But my emanations in the world will be innumerable;
    and many will recognize them.
    They will be perceived in different ways,
    depending on karma, pure or impure.

    In the same way, mind itself has no support, has no object:
    let it rest in its natural expanse without any fabrication.
    When the bonds (of negative thoughts) are released,
    you will be free, there is no doubt.

    As when gazing into space, all other visual objects disappear,
    so it is for mind itself.
    When mind is looking at mind,
    all discursive thoughts cease and
    enlightenment is attained.

    As in the sky all clouds disappear into sky itself:
    wherever they go, they go nowhere,
    wherever they are, they are nowhere.

    This is the same for thoughts in the mind:
    when the mind looks at mind,
    the waves of conceptual thought disappear.

    This body of ours is impermanent,
    like a feather on a high mountain pass.
    This mind of ours is empty and
    clear like the depth of space.

    Relax in that natural state, free of fabrication.
    When mind is without any support, that is mahamudra.
    Becoming familiar with this, blending your mind with it
    -- that is buddhahood.

    Supreme view is beyond all duality of subject and object.
    Supreme meditation is without distraction.
    Supreme activity is action without effort.
    Supreme fruition is without hope and fear.

    This old lady has no instructions more profound
    than this to give you."

    - Machig Labdron
    11th century



    Gassho

    Seiryu

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    Stephanie
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    Re: Wisdom from an old lady

    Thank you for posting this

    Gassho

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    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest Taigu's Avatar
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    Re: Wisdom from an old lady

    Seiryu,


    Increbile text that was written for everyone here.

    Thank you for this Dharma song. By the way, where did yo find it? Who translated it?

    gassho

    Taigu

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    Re: Wisdom from an old lady

    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu
    Seiryu,


    Increbile text that was written for everyone here.

    Thank you for this Dharma song. By the way, where did yo find it? Who translated it?

    gassho

    Taigu
    If I may intrude :P

    I read this song back when I was into Kagyu full-tilt. I read it in Jerome Edou's "Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod"
    http://books.google.com/books?id=YeE...ed=0CEAQ6AEwBA

    Loved the book, love the practice.

    Gassho,
    Myoken

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    Re: Wisdom from an old lady

    Thank you for the link Myoken! there is also some videos on youtube on Pema chodron talking about chod...

    and to answer Taigu's question; a Rinpoche posted it on his facebook page and I took it from there...

    Gassho

    Seiryu

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