Quote Archives: Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Avoiding harsh words ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to avoid harsh words, Which others might find unpleasant or distasteful, Since abusive language upsets the minds of others, And thereby undermines a bodhisattva’s conduct. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Just like salty water ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to turn away immediately From those things which bring desire and attachment. For the pleasures of the senses are just like salty water: The more we taste of them, the more our thirst increases. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Avoiding destructive friends ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to avoid destructive friends, In whose company the three poisons of the mind grow stronger, And we engage less and less in study, reflection and meditation, So that love and compassion fade away until they are no more. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Dedicating all merits ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Even if others, in the grips of great desire, should steal, Or encourage others to take away, all the wealth that I possess, To dedicate to them entirely my body, possessions and all my merits From the past, present and future — this is the practice of all the bodhisattvas. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

It is I who am at fault ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is never to speak ill Of others who have embarked upon the greater vehicle, For if, under the influence of destructive emotions, I speak of other bodhisattvas’ failings, it is I who am at fault. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Bowing down my head ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Even if others, equal or inferior to me in status, Should, out of arrogance, disparage me, To honour them, as I would my teacher, By bowing down my head before them — this is the practice of all the bodhisattvas. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

As a mother would her ailing child ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Even if others whom I have cared for like children of my own, Should turn upon me and treat me as an enemy, To regard them only with special fondness and affection, As a mother would her ailing child — this is the practice of all the bodhisattvas. Gyelse Tokme Zangpo