Rosary of an Awakening Warrior
Composed by the
great Indian pandit Dipamkara Shrijana (Palden Atisha)
Homage to great compassion.
Homage to all spiritual masters.
Homage to the deities of devotion.
Abandon all doubts and cherish
exertion for accomplishing the practice.
Abandon sleepiness, dullness and laziness
always exert enthusiastic effort.
recollection, alertness and watchfulness
always guard every door of the senses.
Three times during the day and night, again and again
investigate your mental continuum.
Proclaim your own faults
10 and seek not mistakes in
Hide your own good qualities
proclaim the good qualities of others.
Reject acquisitions and honours
always reject desire for fame.
15 Desire little, be content
repay acts of kindness.
Meditate on love and compassion
stabilize the awakening mind.
Avoid the ten unwholesome actions
20 and always stabilize your
Conquer anger and arrogance
possess a humble mind.
Avoid wrong livelihoods
live a life of truth (dharma).
25 Abandon all worldly
be adorned by the gems of superiors.
Abandon all frivolities
abide in solitude.
Abandon all senseless talk
30 and always control your
When seeing your master or teacher
perform services with respect.
Towards a person having the eye of the doctrine
towards sentient beings who are beginners
35 develop the recognition of
them as teachers.
When seeing any sentient beings, develop
recognition of them as parents and children.
Abandon misleading friends
rely on virtuous spiritual companions.
40 Abandon minds of anger and
wherever you go be happy.
Abandon attachment to everything
abide free from attachment.
Attachment will never procure you a happy rebirth;
45 it kills the life of
Wherever you see practices (leading to) happiness,
always exert effort in them.
Whatever you have started to do,
accomplish that very thing first.
50 Do everything well in this
otherwise nothing will be achieved.
Always be apart from liking evil.
Whenever a pompous mind arises,
flatten such arrogance.
55 Recall the teachings of
When a cowardly mind arises,
praise the sublimity of the mind.
Whenever objects of attraction or aversion arise,
meditate on the emptiness of both;
60 view them as illusions and
When hearing any offensive words,
view them as an echo.
When your body is afflicted by harm,
view this as your previous actions.
65 Abide well in solitude,
beyond town limits,
like the corpses of wild game.
by yourself, conceal yourself
dwell without attachment.
Always stabilize (awareness of) your yidam and,
70 whenever laziness or
enumerate these faults to yourself
feel remorse from your heart.
you see others,
speak calmly and sincerely.
75 Avoid a wrathful and
always remain cheerful.
When seeing others, continuously
pleased to give without being miserly.
Discard all jealousy.
80 To protect the mind of
avoid all conflict
always have patience.
not be a flatterer or fickle,
always be capable of remaining steadfast.
85 Avoid belittling others
remain respectful in your manners.
When giving advice to others,
have compassion and thoughts for their benefit.
not disparage spiritual doctrines
90 and be intent on whichever
Through the door of the ten dharma practices,
exert an effort throughout both day and night.
Whatever virtues are collected during the three times,
dedicate them for the unsurpassable great awakening.
95 Distribute your merit for
all sentient beings.
Always offer the seven-limbed prayer
great aspirations for the path.
you act in this way, the two accumulations
merit and wisdom will be accomplished.
100 Also, with the eradication of the two
thus fulfilling the purpose of having gained a human form,
unsurpassable full awakening will be achieved.
gem of faith, the gem of ethics,
gem of generosity, the gem of hearing,
105 the gem of consideration,
gem of shame and the gem of intelligence:
these are the seven supreme gems.
These seven gems are never exhausted.
not tell this to non-humans.
110 Examine your speech when amidst many
Examine your mind when living alone.
This has been composed by the Indian master Dipamkara
Shrijnana, the Glorious
Illuminator, the Essence of
Translated from the Tibetan by Sherpa Tulku and Brian
Beresford, for Wisdom