Advice for Kyilü

from The Essential Amrita of Profound Meaning: Oral Instructions and Practical Advice Bestowed Upon Fortunate Followers, Eye-opener to What is to be Adopted and Abandoned

by Chokgyur Lingpa

I bow to the gurus of the wisdom, sign, and oral lineages,
who directly reveal our primordial self-awareness!

For the practice of the Great Perfection, the heart of the path,
at the outset you need a steady attitude of renunciation.
As the obscurations are purified, adverse conditions on the path are pacified
and the accumulations are perfected, bringing conducive conditions
through the gathering of vast stores of merit.

You need to tame afflicted thoughts and master the sutras,
and, cutting through attachment and aversion, give rise to all-pervading bodhicitta,
and the supreme devotion of seeing the guru and your mind as inseparable.

When your mind—clear, aware, and uninterrupted—
is left free of seer and seen, free from hope and fear,
concepts are just like rainfall on a lake.

Things appear in myriad ways, yet are empty in essence
and luminous by nature, vividly experienced:
the way things really are transcends seeing, hearing, and expression.

To be steadily and constantly alert, without distraction—this is the point.
Focusing intensely on this practice of the most profound intent,
think solely of beings’ benefit in whatever virtue you perform,
and seal with dedications the accumulation of all such excellent actions.

This was written by Chokling, in response to the request of Kyilü,
in the glorious forest near the southern Yelphuk Cave.

| Lhasey Lotsawa Translations, 2021.


Source text
  • mChog gyur gling pa, “rJes ’jug skal bzang rnams la bstal pa’i zhal gdams bslab bya nyams len gyi skor spang blang mig ’byed zab don snying gi bdud rtsi.” In mChog gling bka’ ’bum skor. Vol. 36 of mChog gling bde chen zhig po gling pa yi zab gter yid bzhin nor bu’i mdzod chen po, 87-88. Kathmandu, Nepal: Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery, 2004.

Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources


སྐྱིད་ལུས་ལ་གདམས་པ། །

skyid lus la gdams pa

Advice for Kyilü


Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa


A short piece of advice that Chokgyur Lingpa gave near the Yelphuk Cave on the request of a disciple named Kyilü.