Twenty Seven Verses

The 27 Verses on Mind Training have been composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419). This translation is from the book: Mother of All Buddhas by Lex Hixon.

First Verse

With body, speech, and mind fully aligned, I prostrate fervently before those rare beings, who are victorious over all notions of limitation, and before their spiritual daughters and sons. May a cosmic celebration of pure poetry, perfectly expressing the most subtle teaching of these victorious sages and the inheritors of their wisdom, now burst forth like an infinite garden in perpetual spring.

Je Tsongkhapa begins with introducing his family, which he is loving like a fervent lover.

Of course ‘family’ doesn’t necessarily mean his father, mother, siblings and so on – even though they can be part of it; it means his spiritual family which has become much more important than material bonds 😉

And he makes the wish that what he want to tell us may – with the help of his family – be perfectly expressed and burst forth like an infinite garden in eternal spring.

If we join him in the love of his family, we are in on a delicious treat: not only will we perfectly understand, but the understanding will be happening in a splendid garden!

It is very worthwhile to look at the details of his verse: Why is he saying ‘victorious over all limitations’ and not temptations? Why is he mentioning the daughters before the sons?

Second Verse

Gaze calmly with the clear eye of Prajnaparamita (Perfect Wisdom) upon universal manifestation, this beginningless tapestry woven from vibrant karmic threads of conscious beings, and listen to the harmonious symphony of interdependence. Purify entirely this boundless expanse of apparent struggle and conflict from the slightest shadow of negativity. With diamond-clear intention, instill faith everywhere. With mirror-like wisdom, stabilize all chaotic minds.

Here is what we understand from the second verse: Je Tsongkhapa proposes an attitude of how to face reality:

We could look at any reality with tranquillity.

Tranquillity could come from a clear understanding that all we see does not come at us but from us; nothing that we see exists on it’s own, all is our projection.

If we understand all that each of us sees, comes from each of us; then the whole Universe is a living, harmonious symphony, continuously plaid by all of us, with no beginning and no end.

Sometimes we may find ourselves in struggle or conflict. Instead of reacting, we could remember our mission, the Universal Principle: We are here to serve and not to be served. The more often we do this, the easier our chaotic minds will stabilize again.