Advice to the People of Dzagyel Sershul
by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche
I, this monk, am of the nature of illusion,
I, this monk, do not have true existence.
I have no self-clinging that thinks “this is my home”,
I have no grasping that thinks “I must go to this place”.
Until the ocean of transient beings’ realms is emptied,
Taking on the responsibility of the Hero Mañjushrī‘s heartfelt courage,
I shall endeavor, dream-like and illusion-like,
In accomplishing the great purpose of the Teachings and beings.
You, too, are a dream and illusion,
Like an illusory magical apparition that is never real.
Without grasping at the true existence of the illusory Dharma,
Accomplish the ultimate aim, my hosts of students!
I pray that we, having accomplished the illusion-like Dharma,
In the illusion-like Pure Land of Great Bliss,
Shall go on to the illusory supreme level of the Victorious Ones.
Thus, while making a Dharma connection with groups of faithful people from Dzagyel Sershül prefecture, Ngawang Lodrö Tsungmey [Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche] spoke this, and later it was transcribed from an audio recording. Virtue!
Translated by Erick Tsiknopoulos.
Erick Tsiknopoulos (b. 1981) is an American translator of Tibetan, a scholar, researcher and postgraduate student in Buddhist Studies, a teacher and tutor of Tibetan language, a writer and editor, a voracious reader in various subjects, and an experienced world traveler. He is the founder and primary Tibetan translator of the Sugatagarbha Translation Group, and the creator of their main website, Tibetan-Translations.com, which currently features English translations of over 400 Tibetan texts. Many of his translations have been published in various forms, including as books.
He has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2003, and a student of Tibetan language since 2005. He has been translating Tibetan texts into English since 2007, has been based in India and Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhism intensively and translating Tibetan texts since 2008, and has been working professionally as a Tibetan-English translator and interpreter since 2009.
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