Thirty Pieces of Advice from The Heart
by Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam

In the midst of the all encompassing sky of his wisdom, the Absolute Space, the warm rays of his compassion shining upon the clouds of his prayers, the abundant rain of amrita falls continuously on the field of the beings to be trained, ripening the sprouts of the Three Kayas -- We bow down to the feet of the Guru, the protector, the Supreme of the Three Jewels!

Through the power of my aspirations, I could join the supreme lineage of accomplishment; but lacking in dilligence, this existence, lived in vain, comes now to its twilight. I had the intention to do as the Rishis, but I am now utterly dejected and I have seen others like me. This is why, to arouse in my mind a clear renunciation, I have uttered these thirty pieces of advice from the heart.

Alas! Having, through all kinds of skilful means, gathered round oneself a large circle of people, one may hold a flourishing monastic estate. But this is the source of quarrels and causes great attachments for oneself. To remain alone is my advice from the heart.

At the occasion of village ceremonies intended to discard obstacles and subdue evil spirits, one may display one's qualities in the crowd. But through covetousness for food and riches, it is one's own mind that will be carried away by the demon. To subdue one's own mind is my advice from the heart.

Having collected great contributions from poor people, one may thus erect statues and monuments, distribute plenty of alms and so on. But this is to cause others to accumulate sins on virtuous grounds.1 To make one's mind virtuous is my advice from the heart.

Desiring one's own greatness, one will expound Dharma to others, and through numerous deceitful tricks, one will retain a circle of important and humble people. But such a mind clinging to gross realities is the cause of pride. To have only short term plans is my advice from the heart.

Selling, loaning with interest, and all these kinds of deceits: with the wealth ammassed in this wrong way, one may very well make large offerings, but merits resting upon greed are the source of the eight worldly dharmas.2 To meditate upon the rejection of covetousness is my advice from the heart.

Acting as witness, guarantor, and getting involved in law disputes; one may thus settle others?quarrels, thinking this is for the good of all. But to indulge in this will bring up interested aims. To remain without either expectations or apprehensions is my advice from the heart.

Administering provinces, having attendants and material wealth, one's renown may thus spread all over the world. But at the time of death, these things do not have the slightest use. To endeavor in one's practice is my advice from the heart.

Bursars, attendants, those in responsible positions and cooks, are the pillars of the monastic community. But a mind interested in these is the cause of worry. To minimize this confusing bustle is my advice from the heart.

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