Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shrine Offerings

Facing paintings, statues and so forth
Of the completely enlightened one,
Reliquaries and the excellent teaching,
Offer flowers, incense - whatever you have.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Purpose of the Text

For those excellent living beings,
Who desire supreme enlightenment,
I shall explain the perfect methods
Taught by the spiritual teachers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Persons of Highest Capacity

Those who, through their personal suffering,
Truly want to end completely
All the suffering of others
Are persons of supreme capacity.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Persons of Middling Cpacity

Those who seek peace for themselves alone,
Turning away from worldly pleasures
And avoiding destructive actions
Are said to be middling capacity.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Persons of Lesser Capacity

Know that those who by whatever means
Seek for themselves no more
Than the pleasures of cyclic existence
Are persons of the least capacity

Monday, July 13, 2009

Three Kinds of Persons

Understand there are three kinds of persons
Because of their small, middling and supreme capacities.
I shall write clearly distinguishing
Their individual characteristics.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Opening Verse

I've set this blog up to serve as a discussion group for Atisha's text, The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. Every couple of days I will post a verse from Atisha's text. Discussion will take place in the comments on the post. Tonight I'll start with the first verse of the text:

I pay homage with great respect

To the Conquerors [Buddha] of the three times [the past, present and future]

To their teaching and to those who aspire to virtue.

Urged by the good disciple Jangchup Wo

I shall illuminate the lamp

For the path to enlightenment