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Milarepa's Song of the Three Teachings

by Ivy Hsu
April, 1997

This is a teaching that Milarepa gave to a woman disciple, Dar Bum. She was one of his four main female disciples [1]:

May the blessings of the Lama enter into my heart.
May he bless me that I may realize the Void.
To you faithful patrons as thanks,
I sing this song with which the gods and protectors will be joyous.

The Appearance, the Void, and the Inseparable are three.
These three are the kernels of contemplation.
Illumination, no differentiation, and no distraction are three.
These three are the kernels of meditation.
Freedom from passion, freedom from desire, and freedom from attachment are three.
These three are the kernels of practice.
Not hoping, not fearing, not mistaking are three.
These three are the kernels of accomplishment.
Freedom from fraud, freedom from imposture, and freedom from deceit are three.
These three are the kernels of precepts.


References

  1. "The Hundred Thousand Songs - Selections from Milarepa, Poet-Saint of Tibet", translated by Antoinette K. Gordon.