By Thupten Jinpa
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I see my own life to be the same; Tree o f Faith: A Self-Exhortation 43 So foreswear strong delusion and meditate upon profound dependent origination. Life is transient, like clouds in the sky; They appear suddenly yet disappear just as quickly. 91 Life is transient, like a cool gust of wind; It rises in the ten directions and disappears in the ten directions as well. I see my own life to be the same; So foreswear strong conceit and cut the root of ego’s view. Life is transient, like a dead bush on a high mountain pass; Assailed by birth and aging, it has lost its secure ground.
This brings a host of things— greed, hatred, and conflict. Fearing ill consequences they cover their flaws with their hands; Fearing other’s success they dig deep into other’s shortcomings. W hen at last things turn back upon themselves, they become livid. Hoarding wealth for this life, they are kept away from happiness; On life’s other shore they lose [too] and fall into the abyss of lower realms. Those who pursue goals that betray them in both this life and the next, Yet think, “I am most clever,” deceive themselves and spoil their roots [ofvirtue].
W ithin your body, you then visualize inside your heart the Perfection of Wisdom Mother, within whose heart is her son, Buddha Sakyamuni. W ithin the Buddhas heart is Great Com passion Avalokites'vara, within whose heart is Tara, and so on, continuing with wrathful Tara, Acala, Atis'a, and Dromtonpa. W ithin Dromtonpas heart you then visualize Maitreya surrounded by the masters of the line age of vast practice. In his heart you visualize Nagarjuna surrounded by the masters of the lineage of profound view; and within his heart you visu alize Vajradhara surrounded by the masters of the lineage of inspirational practice.
The Book of Kadam: The Core Texts by Thupten Jinpa