Vajrayana Kagyu Mahamudra

Eight Ornaments of Profound Meaning - Milarepa

Eight Ornaments of Profound Meaning - Milarepa

Eight Ornaments of Profound Meaning - Milarepa

 

To be free from conventional terms is such a joy !

The lord guru who's been so kind abides on my crown.

In my mind, unceasing realization shines.

You two teacher-meditators who like to analyze :

If your words don't come from realization within

All your barking and howling is merely arrogance.

 

To cut through exaggeration from within.

Is this not view not spoiled by any extreme ?

Dress it in scriptures, adorn it with reasoning

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

When into the dharmakaya thoughts resolve,

Is this not a self-emergent meditation ?

Dress it up in the realm of experience

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

The sixfold collection purified where it stands,

Is this not the conduct that goes with equal taste ?

Dress it up in a sense of timing that's right

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

When experiences of emptiness-bliss well up,

Is this not the point of whispered lineage instruction ?

Dress it in four empowering abhishekas

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

When the vivid vision of emptiness unfolds,

Is this not the evolution of paths and levels ?

Dress it in signs that come while traversing the path

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

When your mind has arrived at the point where the riddle is solved,

Is this not buddhahood gained in a single life ?

Array it in bodies, the buddhakayas, the four

And this will serve as its special embellishment.

 

A master of scriptures and logic and special instructions,

Is this not called a lama who holds a lineage ?

Adorned with a noble heart of true compassion,

This is what serves as his special embellishment.

 

 

One who has faith, with compassion is amply endowed,

Is this not a student comprising a suitable vessel ?

Fully equipped with respect and devout commitment,

This is what serves as their special embellishment.

 

In brief, one comes to terms with mind through view,

Meditation turns this into experience,

Conduct fills in the picture in every detail,

What actually happens - four kayas manifest,

The fruit of all this is asserted in terms of mind,

Realization is seeing these all come down to the same.

 

Tibetan p. 724

Sung by Milarepa at Ramding Sky Cave, to Rechungpa and Drigom Repa when debating together.

Translated and arranged by Jim Scott, except for the first verse, which was translated under the guidance of Dechen Rangdrol (Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche), by Ari Goldfield, Tekchen Kyetsal, Tenerife, Spain, April 29, 2003.

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