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A Short Song of the Six Similes to Satisfy

The Heartfelt Yearning of Devoted Disciples


By Bokar Rinpoche


Fortunate men and women, who have karmic affinity with the Teachings,

You gained a free and fully endowed precious life,

Met an authentic noble spiritual master,

And received vast and deep teachings for spiritual maturity and liberation.

Now exert yourselves in cultivating meditative experience, I beseech you.


Your spiritual master is like the sun in space-­-

When your doubts or wrong views do not cloud him,

His compassionate light shines continuously:

In yearning faith and devotion, pray.


Your pure vision is like an eye-­-

When your pride or critical thoughts do not blind it,

All beings are mines of noble qualities:

Train in universal pure vision, I beseech you.


Your development of the mind of awakening is like a potent seed--

­When plans for your own good do not spoil it,

It grows into perfect awakening:

Always meditate on the two aspects of the mind of awakening.


Your self-clinging is like an unseen enemy-­-

When you lose hold of the antidote of mindfulness,

You will never escape the den of suffering:

Therefore, please subdue your own mind.


Your mind's nature is like an endless ocean-­-

When waves of clinging to appearances do not disturb it,

It has a single flavor, the essence of reality:

Dwell without acceptance or rejection, affirmation or denial, I beseech you.


Your mind is like a wish-fulfilling jewel--

­When delusion's impurities do not taint it,

It produces all you need and desire:

Always meditate on Great Seal.


At all times--in this life, the next, and in between--­

The spiritual master's enlightened mind and your mind

Are not separate in your intrinsic awareness.

In natural repose, without distraction or clinging,

Make manifest the primordial body of ultimate enlightenment.


I, Karma Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, who holds the title of Bokar Tulku, composed this Short Song of the Six Similes to Satisfy the Heartfelt Yearning of Devoted Disciples according to the wishes of the residents of France's Niga Ling Retreat Center.


From Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of tbe Sbangpa Masters, compiled by Jamgon

Kongtrul, translated and introduced by Ngawang Zangpo (Ithaca, N. Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 2003)