Mon, 30 Apr 2012
As you know, I have been spending most of my free time working on my computer software, which is an alternative to Wordpress for smal sites. I got it running under Apache, which is a milestone of sorts, but I'm working on it some more and right now it's thoroughly broken.
Every Tibetan lama I've met has encouraged me to learn Tibetan. That has not been a personal goal of mine, but to please them I've put forward a small effort. I've been putting up some quotes from Lama Phurbu Tashi's notebook. Now I'm reworking what I've done so far so I can eventually make them available as a free ebook. It has to be free, because the translations are really bad and I would be cheating people if I asked them to pay.
Tonight's translation is from the Great Orgyenpa, a master of from the early days of the Kagyu. He was the student of Gotsangpa and was regent of the Karma Kagyu lineage between the Second and Third Karmapas. The quote is awarning about errors in the practice of mahamudra.
o rgyen chen pos
rgyal po chen po nga'i gsang sngags 'di lta ba gtso che/ lta ba'i phyogs su spyod pa ma shor bar mdzod/ de shor na dge stong nag po kha 'byams bdud kyi lta bar 'gro/ yang spyod pa'i phyogs su lta ba ma shor bar mdzod/de shor na dngos po dang mtshan mas bcings mas grol ba'i dus med gsungs/
My king, the view is of utmost importance in secret mantra. Do not stray into a conceptual view. You will give rise to the evil view of demons that good deeds are empty. And do not stray into activity. You will be lost in theorizing and materialism and you never will be liberated from bondage.