Gifts for Dharma

Like many of you, I’m a regular reader of Danny Fisher’s blog. His “Gift for Dharma” series is well worth your time.

The most recent gift comes from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism:

“World, we live and die on your lap.
On you we experience all our woes and joys.
You are Our ancestral home of old.
Forever we cherish and adore you.

We wish to transform you into the pure realm of our dreams.
We wish to transform you into a land for all creatures
Equal for all and free of prejudice.
We wish to transform you into a loving, warm, and gentle goddess.

Our hope in You is so ever resolute.
So please be the ground on which we all may live
So all these wishes may come true,
So all these wishes may come true.

Do not show us the dark side of your character.
Where nature’s calamities reign.

In every section of our world’s land
May there thrive a fertile field of peace and joy.
Rich with the leaves and fruits of happiness,
Filled with the many sweet scents of freedom.
May we fulfill our countless and boundless wishes.”

Appreciate this and other dharma gifts at Danny’s blog.

About David Charles

David Charles joined Patheos in September 2008. Since then, he has helped shape the structure and content of the site and has led partnership development with a wide range of academic and religious organizations.

David was educated in Switzerland, England, and the United States. He holds advanced degrees in religious studies from Oxford and Harvard Universities. His academic training spans a number of disciplines and fields of study, including anthropology, literature, and history. He is the recipient of a teaching award from Harvard.


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