In the Vajrayana the qualities embodied by a buddha just come to you as if you had a wish-fulfilling jewel

I submit for your consideration as it pertains to our discussion of the difference between the Vajrayana and Mahayana we have been discussing here.

19 years ago on October 4, 1997 in Binowa, Poland, then 63 year old Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche sang the following song, translated and arranged by Jim Scott.

“From the standpoint of the truth that’s ultimate

Besides no blocks, there are not even buddhas

No meditator and no meditated

No paths and levels travelled and no signs

And no fruition bodies and no wisdom

And, therefore, there is no nirvana there

Just designations using names and statements

All animate, inanimate—the three realms

Unborn and nonexistent from the outset

No base to rest on, do not coexist

There is no karmic act, no maturation

So, even the name,”samsara,” does not exist

That’s the way these are in the final picture

But, oh, if sentient beings did not exist

What would the buddhas of three times all come from

Since fruition with no cause—impossible!

So, the standpoint of the truth that’s relative

Is samsara’s wheel, nirvana past all grief

It all exists, that is the Sage’s teaching

Then, what exists appearing to be things
And their non-existence, pure being, emptiness

Are essentially inseparable, one taste

And, therefore, there is neither self-awareness

Nor awareness of what’s other anywhere

All of this, a union vast and spacious

And all those skilled in realizing this

Do not see consciousness, they see the wisdom

Do not see sentient beings, they see buddhas

Don’t see phenomena, they see pure being

And out of this compassion just emerges

Retention, powers, fearlessness and all

The qualities embodied by a buddha

Just come as if you had a wishing jewel

This is what I, the yogi, have realized

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The presumption in the Mahayana is that you can’t handle the truth.

Thus you end up doing whatever your teacher tells you to do.

If you are your own teacher, good luck with that.

Either way being a Mahayana person your practice will inevitably end badly for you.

You will never think your practice is good enough.

The Vajrayana is otherwise.

It is as obvious as the nose on your face.

It need only be pointed out to you.

A Vajrayana person takes the result as their path and as such whatever they do is their practice.

Sometimes you appear to be doing this.

Sometimes you appear to be doing that.

Sometimes you appear to do be doing nothing at all.

Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end.

It’s all good.

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5 responses to “In the Vajrayana the qualities embodied by a buddha just come to you as if you had a wish-fulfilling jewel

  1. Sam

    Melts in your hand so to speak, or not to speak.
    Thank you 😀

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