By Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Padampa Sangye, Padmakara Translation Group
This remark on Padampa Sangye's vintage verses of suggest to Tibetan villagers of Tingri—by well known and loved meditation grasp Dilgo Khyentse—offers information for individuals attempting to lead a dharmic existence within the workaday international. those hundred verses, studied for hundreds of years by way of Tibetans and scholars of Buddhism, include a whole survey of the Tibetan Buddhist direction. Dilgo Khyentse's full of life explication of every stanza brings to gentle subtleties and amplifies the richness of the phrases and their pertinence to our lives. those venerable academics propose us in in relation to daily problems resembling loneliness, yearning, kin squabbles, pageant in company, disagreements with friends, and betrayal through friends—as tough to us as they've been to meditators for hundreds of years.
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Your body may be something of pride to you at the moment, and you no doubt cherish it and try to look after it well. Your friends and relatives, too, take it affectionately by the hand and speak warmly to it, all smiles. The day after you die, however, everything will be very different. Your dear ones will do everything they can to get your body out of the door as quickly as possible. Who wants a corpse in the hous~? If you were in Tibet, your body would be bound up with rope, put in a sack and carried to the cemetery, to be dismembered by men and torn to shreds by vultures.
However, there are other kinds of wealth-resources such as wisdom, compassion, faith, generosity, and diligence-that multiply as fast as we use them. These precious jewels abound in the very nature of the mind, and are free of all the shortcomings of samsara. -47- Savor that most sublime offoods, the exquisite taste of meditation, People of Tingri, which abolishes the pangs of hunger. The food you eat might be delicious or insipid, meager or plentiful-but in the end it all turns into excrement.
From the very moment of our birth, our lives ,'are ever moving inexorably toward death, but the time of that encounter is anything but certain. A hunted criminal never has a tranquil moment. He is always alert, urgently devising a thousand schemes to escape the punishment that awaits him. You will never find him drawing plans for his future house. How can you rest when death threatens to strike at any moment? From now on, your sole recourse must be the practice of Dharma. There is no other way to tum death into something favorable.
The Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Padampa Sangye, Padmakara Translation Group