Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Milarepa's Song on Having no Posessions

The Economic Times of India are running a post today pointing out the current struggle of the monks of Tibet. - China is now comparing them to Li Hongzhi's Falun Dafa and the monks are reacting with suicide by self immolation.

In the midst of all this I was reading some works from Milarepa. Here is something I came across this morning; a meeting with the King of Kathmandu; something to think about amid all the talk about Tibet and China, Dharamsala and the world.

Where is Tibet?

Milarepa's Song:

"I have no desire for wealth or possessions, and so I have nothing. I do not experience the initial suffering of having to accumulate possessions, the intermediate suffering of having to guard and keep up possessions, nor the final suffering of loosing the possessions. This is a wonderful thing. I have no desire for friends or relations. I do not experience the initial suffering of forming an attachment, the intermediate suffering of having disagreements with friends and family, nor the final suffering of parting with them. Therefore it is good to be without friends and relations. I have no desire for pleasant conversation. I do not experience the initial suffering of beginning conversation, the intermediate suffering of wondering whether to continue the conversation, nor the final suffering of the conversation deteriorating. Therefore I do not delight in pleasant conversation. I have no desire for a home land and have no fixed residence. I do not experience the initial suffering of partiality of thinking that 'this is my land and that place isn't.' I do not experience the intermediate suffering of yearning for my land. And I do not experience the final suffering of having to protect my land. Therefore I do not have a fixed abode."
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