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Prayer of Solemn Commitment

Lord Naropa’s lineage son of the freedom path
Please bless this beggar to stay in mountain retreats
With the demon of worldly distraction not distracting
May meditative concentration grow
Without getting caught in attachment to shamatha’s pool
May vipashyana’s flowers burst into open bloom
With elaboration’s stress and strain not stirring
May the foliage of simplicity spread its leaves
With no germ of double mind in my retreat
May the fruit – experience and realization – mature
With the demon family powerless to obstruct

Distinguishing the Provisional from the Definitive in the Context of Mahamudra

Right here in this world Jambudvipa, the Victor’s realm

There is One renowned as being a Second Buddha

On the victory banner of teachings that do not set

He is like the crowning jewel at the very top

Respected by all and worthy of offerings

The melodious sound of this rippling flag of fame

Reverberates in every direction around

Is this the lord and accomplished master Maitripa?

There is one who served at his lotus feet with respect

And drank in full draughts the quintessential elixir

Song of Mahamudra

Mahamudra is beyond all words
And symbols, but for you, Naropa,
Earnest and loyal, must this be said.

The Void needs no reliance,
Mahamudra rests on nought.
Without making an effort,
One can break the yoke
Thus gaining Liberation.

If one sees nought when staring into space,
If with the mind one then observes the mind,
One destroys distinctions
And reaches Buddhahood.

The Six Questions

When you go down through yonder town,
Sing ivy leaf, sweet William and thyme,
Give my respects to that young maid,
And she shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Sing ivy leaf…
Without any seam or needlework
And she shall be…

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well
Where never spring water nor rain ever fell

Tell her to dry it on yonder thorn
That never bore blossom since Adam was born

Let go and relax

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