Sunday, February 6, 2011

On the nature of phenomena

Standing Buddha from Sahri Bahlol, Pakistan, 2nd-3rd c. CE

     All phenomena are like a reflection,
     clear and pure without turbulence,
     ungraspable and indescribable, purely
     derived from cause and effect without
     self-nature and location.
     If you, by understanding phenomena
     in this way, work for the welfare of
     sentient beings without discrimination,
     you will be born as sons or daughters
     of the Buddhas.


I copied this inscription placed over the entrance to Namgyal Monastery, the temple of HH the Dalai Lama, in 1993. Image source unknown.