The Naked Truth, by Gendün Chöpel

The Naked Truth (bden pa gcer bu)

by Gendün Chöpel (dge ‘dun chos ‘phel, 1903-1951)

Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos


The naked truth, terrifying to behold,

Should never be covered with the garb of self-deception.

This is the first sacred vow of the scholar:

So strive to keep it with diligence; even at the cost of your life.


མཐོང་ན་འཇིགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་གཅེར་བུ་ལ། །

རང་མགོ་བསྐོར་བའི་གོས་ཀྱིས་མི་གཡོགས་པ། །

འདི་ནི་མཁས་པའི་དམ་ཚིག་དང་པོ་སྟེ། །

སྲོག་ལ་བབས་ཀྱང་འབད་པས་བསྲུང་བར་འཚལ། །


Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos. The first draft translation was completed on November 8th, 2012. The final version was revised exactly five years later, on November 8th, 2017.

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