Tibetan Buddhism: Free and Easy by Gendun Rinpoche

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This is a beautiful and profound ‘vajra poem’. It was given spontaneously by Gendun Rinpoche, a late Tibetan Buddhist rinpoche (teacher), during a talk to his disciples. A book of his teachings called Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master is highly recommended and teaches all the essentials of Tibetan Buddhism from someone who has a genuine experience of the truth that lies behind the words.

Happiness can not be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already present,
in open relaxation and letting go.

Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises
in the body-mind
has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with,
and become attached to it,
passing judgment upon it and ourselves?

Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves
without changing or manipulating anything
and notice how everything vanishes and reappears, magically,
again and again, time without end.

Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue
without ever catching,
or a dog chasing its own tail.

Although peace and happiness
do not exist as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.

Don’t believe in the reality of good and bad experiences;
they are like today’s ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax
this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there –
open, inviting and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness,
this freedom and natural ease.
Don’t search any further
looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.

Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
and nothing missing –

Emaho! Marvelous!
Everything happens by itself.

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7 thoughts on “Tibetan Buddhism: Free and Easy by Gendun Rinpoche

  1. ‘Everything happens by itself’ is the excuse often used by negligent people and criminals. I am glad it isn’t true. Even the birds must flap their wings, search for food, build their nests and care for their young.

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  2. Almost every written/spoken teaching is right in some ways and wrong in another. These words are potentially very powerful pointers to Freedom. The key is to open your heart and to see if there is truth in the words, not to take the words too literally, not to just see where they mislead or where they contradict your own insights. Taken literally most teachings break down, because the words can’t accurately describe this. Of course we don’t condone hurtful and criminal behaviour, and Gendun Rinpoche makes that clear in the book where the poem was taken from. Can you see the truth in his words? Wishing you peace and deliverance ❤

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