Sunday, July 31, 2011

visionary journey

Like a dream during your sleep at night,
At once understand as a certainty
That all the sundry notions you have are your own mind
Arisen from the sleep of ingrained tendencies.


Like clouds in the sky dissolving into the source from which
they have come,
At once understand as a certainty
That your ill-considered actions and emotions, your feelings
of happiness and sorrow,
Will submerge into the source from which they have
emerged.


Like a reflection appearing in a clear lake,
At once understand as a certainty
That all the sundry concrete things, although they appear so,
have no substantiality about them
But are the gigantic reflection of a nothingness that has and
is everything.

(from The Story of the Mount Potala Delights verse 139, 140 & 141.
A Visionary Journey - Longchenpa
Translated and annotated by Herbert V. Guenther
Shambhala Publications, Inc. 1989)


:: Note :: ... text for tone poem ... Part II of meetings & meanderings on the culture stream ...