All the matter in the world


Padmasambhava Wylie: padma ‘byung gnas; Mongolian lovon Badmajunai, Chinese: (pinyin: Liánhuāshēng)

The Lotus Born, was a sage guru from Oddiyāna who is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century.  In those lands he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Guru”) or Lopon Rinpoche, or, simply, Padum in Tibet, where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

He said: “My father is the intrinsic awareness, Samantabhadra (Sanskrit; Tib. Kuntuzangpo).  My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Samantabhadri (Sanskrit; Tib. Kuntuzangmo).  I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere of awareness.  My name is the Glorious Lotus Born.  I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena.  I consume concepts of duality as my diet.  I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.”

All the Matter in the World

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Padmasambhava

All the matter of the world, living and not living,
Appear as objects to my eyes.
Let me rest in the appearance of things, without seeing them as things.
Empty clarity without fixation is the deity form.
I pray to my guru — naturally releasing empty appearance.

All the sounds of the world, pleasant or unpleasant,
Resound as objects in my ears.
Let me rest in silence in sound, inconceivable and inexpressible.
Silence in sound, without beginning or end, is the speech of the awakened.
I pray to my guru — naturally releasing sound-emptiness.

Whatever thoughts arise from the five poisons, emotional reactions,
Move as objects in my mind.
Let me rest, letting go of control, not awaiting or chasing them.
When I let movement settle naturally, it releases into true presence.
I pray to my guru — naturally releasing awareness.

This translation was made by Ken McLeod.

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