Poetry

 

Lelung Rinpoche writes poetry of a profound and inspirational nature. In July 2006, Rinpoche published a book of 100 poems in Tibetan. Most have not yet been translated into English, but a few are available below

 

 

Praise: Remembering the kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching at Lerab Gar in Southern France, 2000

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching at Lerab Gar in Southern France, 2000

Sun of the world
The most precious on earth
Parent of all sentient beings
His Excellency Lama Tenzin Gyatso

Looking after all the Tibetans
Preserving all the Buddha Dharma
No matter what race you are
You are included in his compassion

Keeping all the moral training vows
Dharma was fully grown in his heart
He gave us all equal love and kindness

Just as the sun rises over all the earth

He is extremely kind to us
The humble monk Tenzin Gyatso
To whom we must not show off power and wealth
Nor should we disregard he who kindly leads us

 

 

Bee

 Just as bees eagerly buzz in the garden...

Just as bees eagerly buzz in the garden...

Just as bees eagerly buzz in the garden, 
Enjoying the flowers' sweet taste, 
So those who love helping other beings
Enter the lovely path
And taste bodhicitta and wisdom forever. 

- Lelung Rinpoche, 31 October 2004

 

 

Karma of Geese

 A lake so clear you can see the bottom...

A lake so clear you can see the bottom...

Where the geese are contentedly afloat
A lake so clear you can see the bottom
Where my mind is floating
An ocean of love and kindness you have given to me

 

Even when the geese are afloat on the river
Their shadows are on the bottom of the river
Even when you are millions of miles away
Your loving image is in my mind

The geese are called to the water
The consequence of the karma of their past
I met you for the reason that
I am drawing on the karma of an earlier life

Shadows of the geese in the river
Cause fish to tremble
Though an image of your loving shape
Makes me calm and in love

 

 

How Wonderful

 How wonderful, if we could all have equal rights to live on this earth...

How wonderful, if we could all have equal rights to live on this earth...

Life is too short when we have the great goal. 
Life is too long when we have impure thoughts. 
Life is so sweet when we are keeping up virtue. 
Life is so evil when we are causing misery.

If I have choice, I would choose peace rather than war. 
If I have choice, I would choose karma rather than religion. 
If I have choice, I would choose honesty rather than wealth. 
If I have choice, I would choose a homeland rather than be a refugee.

How wonderful, if we could exchange our life for someone else's. 
How wonderful, if we could know others without looking up and down. 
How wonderful, if we could all have equal rights to live on this earth. 
How wonderful, if we could enclose all beings in our love and kindness.