Dear friends near and far,

As always, I hope this message finds you well, healthy and happy. For today’s Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you a song of realization, which the master Tsangnyön Heruka sang to his disciple Bönpo Dorjé Nyingpo as he was giving him mind instructions:

One day, at the time when Tsangnyön Heruka was giving instructions to Bönpo Dorjé Nyingpo on how to search for the mind, he sang the following song as a pointing out:

Listen son, Dorjé Nyingpo, you who search for the mind!

The very one who is searching—that itself is the mind,
So how will you ever find it by looking elsewhere?
A sword, though sharp, cannot cut itself.
The eye, though clear, cannot see itself.

Don’t be the thirsty man who searches for water as he is drowning;
The person who struggles to undo a knot tied up in space;
Or the barren woman who weeps at the death of her child…
Just so is searching elsewhere for the mind you never lost!

The perfect Buddha is nowhere but this very mind.
Therefore, you must trust yourself!
Listen to this song about the true nature of your mind:

The essence of your mind, the unborn all-ground,
Without cause in the beginning, is present while causeless.
Without cessation in the end, it is present while essenceless.
While free from all bias toward samsara or nirvana, it is present.

It is free from substance, characteristic, or color.
Not existing as one, while appearing as many, it is present.
Though it is inexpressible, while I express it in words, it is present.
Concealed when searched for, still it remains, and is present.
When you let go and settle, it shows its face, and is present.

With this pointing out of the mind, Bönpo became a Dharma practitioner.

Now, I would just like to briefly add that all of you are probably doing some sort of Dharma practice. Whether you are meditating on a regular basis or not, the crucial point for you to understand is how important the mind is. Becoming a good Dharma practitioner is entirely dependent on the mind. So please master your mind.

With all my love,

Sarva Mangalam.

Phakchok Rinpoche


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