The Hundred Verses of Ding-ri

- through Francois Leclercq

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Although written in the XNUMXth century, the text The Hundred Verses of Ding-ri by the Indian master Padampa Sangyé is still relevant today. The author, a contemporary of Jetsun Milarepa, gives his lay disciples a hundred pieces of advice to help them include Buddhist practice in daily life.

The Hundred Verses of Ding-ri
Advice from Venerable Padampa Sangyé


1. Dedicate yourself body, word and mind to perfect Dharma; This is the supreme activity, people of Ding-ri.

2. Indulge body and soul _ to the Three Jewels, And their blessing will pour itself out, people of Ding-ri.

3. Disinterested in this life and interested in the next ones; This will be the pinnacle of your goals, people of Ding-ri.

4. Kinship is ephemeral like a crowd in a market; Avoid quarrels and fights, people of Ding-ri.

5. To the illusory loans which are goods and wealth, Do not bind yourselves in the knot of avarice, people of Ding-ri.

6. This bag of fetid substances which is the body, Do not polish it for the sake of improving it, people of Ding-ri.

7. To the illusionist deceivers who are family and friends, Sever inclination and attachment, people of Ding-ri.

8. Country and land are like nomadic encampments; Don't get attached to it, people of Ding-ri.

9. A homeland being common to the beings of the six classes, Do not grasp it as "mine" or "your own", people of Ding-ri.

10. On the very morning of your birth, a sign presaged death; Be aware that you have little time, people of Ding-ri.

11. Without distraction devote yourselves to the perfect Dharma, And after death it will guide you, people of Ding-ri.

12. Maturation of karmas is certified by the truthfulness of causes and results; Beware of faults and not virtues, people of Ding-ri.

13. Practices performed are like objects (appeared) in a dream; Practice the fact that there is nothing (absolute) to do, people of Ding-ri.

14. Lose interest in all that you are attached to; Nothing is essential, people of Ding-ri.

15. As you will not always remain in this world, From now on make the preparations for departure, people of Ding-ri.

16. In the forest, the monkeys think they are happy, But the fire surrounds them on the edge of the forest, people of Ding-ri.

17. The rivers of birth, aging, sickness and death are without ford or bridge; From now on prepare a boat, people of Ding-ri.

18. In the narrow defiles of birth, death, and the intermediate state, The brigands of the five poisons constantly come and go; Seek a master to escort you, people of Ding-ri.

19. That thanks to which one no longer risks falling if one clings to it, is the master; Wear it constantly on top of your head, people of Ding-ri.

20. Supported by the master, one arrives at the desired destination; Reward him with your faith and respect, people of Ding-ri.

21. He who has riches is subject to avarice; Donate impartially, people of Ding-ri.

22. He who has power has faults; Let go of all desire for control and power, people of Ding-ri.

23. He who has power and wealth does not have happiness; Keep (empty) hands on chest_, people of Ding-ri.

24. In the next world, relatives and friends are rare; Your trust, place it in the Dharma, people of Ding-ri.

25. On the road to distraction, we lose sight of the objectives to be achieved; Decide what you want now, people of Ding-ri.

26. The arrival time of the demon of death is impossible to predict; So be on your guard now, people of Ding-ri.

27. On the day of your death, no one will be useful to you; So get your heads above water yourselves, people of Ding-ri.

28. When we think of death, we no longer need anything; Keep that in mind, people of Ding-ri.

29. Just as at sunset the shadows lengthen, The lord of death ever draws closer; Make haste to flee him, people of Ding-ri.

30. The flower is lovely in the morning but it fades in the evening; Don't put your trust in the body, people of Ding-ri.

31. Alive, he looks like a body of god, Dead, he is scarier than hordes of demons; The illusory body is luring you, people of Ding-ri.

32. At the market, visitors disperse as soon as the sales are over; Your friends will also leave you for sure, people of Ding-ri.

33. The illusory pile of stones (which is the body) must inevitably crumble; From now on arrange the supports and links, people of Ding-ri.

34. The vulture of the spirit must eventually fly away; Take to the skies now, people of Ding-ri.

35. To the beings of the six realms, benevolent fathers and mothers, Cultivate love and compassion, people of Ding-ri.

36. Towards hateful enemies, who are false appearances arising from your karmas, Banish aversion and malevolence, people of Ding-ri.

37. Prostrations and circumambulations purify physical faults; Give up the activities of this world, people of Ding-ri.

38. Recitations and taking refuge purify oral faults; Beware of ordinary and sterile talk, people of Ding-ri.

39. Fiery faith and reverence purify mental faults; Meditate your master above your head, people of Ding-ri.

40. Flesh and bone born with you will disintegrate; Don't believe that your life is eternal, people of Ding-ri.

41. Establish yourself in the best of lands – the stable state of deep nature (mind); There is no change or error, people of Ding-ri.

42. Conserve the best of riches – the great treasure of the very nature of mind; He is inexhaustible, people of Ding-ri.

43. Savor the finest food – the sublime flavor of concentration; She banishes the pangs of hunger, people of Ding-ri.

44. Drink the best potion – the nectar of memory; Its flow is unbroken, people of Ding-ri.

45. Seek the best of friends – the higher spontaneous (ultimate) wisdom; You will never be separated from it again, people of Ding-ri.

46. ​​Seek the best of sons – the little child of (the ultimate nature of) the spirit; He neither is born nor dies, people of Ding-ri.

47. Within the void, swirl the spear of the spirit; There is no obstacle to sight (of emptiness), people of Ding-ri.

48. Without (effort of) memory and without distraction, remain vigilant; Meditation will be without sluggishness or dispersion, people of Ding-ri.

49. Within natural spontaneity, exercise the art of being free from hindrance; In practice there is no (absolute) achievement or rejection, people of Ding-ri.

50. The four inseparable bodies, look for them in your apperceptive mind; To the fruit, have neither hope nor doubt, people of Ding-ri.

51. The root of samsara and nirvana comes down to your perceptive mind; Mind has no (absolute) reality, Ding-ri people.

52. Appearances of attachment and aversion are like the wake of a bird, which leaves no trace; Don't get attached to your feelings, people of Ding-ri.

53. The birthless Dharmakaya is like the essence of the sun; Its light neither turns on nor goes out, people of Ding-ri.

54. The enemy imagined by thought is like a thief in an empty house; There is no wealth to be lost or gained, people of Ding-ri.

55. Sensations leave no trace, like drawings on water; Don't cling to these deceptive appearances, people of Ding-ri.

56. Memories from imprints are like rainbows in the blue; He's nothing to cling to, people of Ding-ri.

57. The mobility of (the mind) is clear, like the cloudless sun; Don't trust the spirit, people of Ding-ri.

58. There is no (absolute) perception, it is free as the wind; Don't seize the objects (as real), Ding-ri people.

59. The spirit is without reality, like a rainbow in the azure; What is experienced is intangible, people of Ding-ri.

60. The understanding of suchness is like the dream of the mute; It is free from words and denominations, people of Ding-ri.

61. The blossoming of realization is like childish pleasure; The joy and happiness are unspeakable, people of Ding-ri.

62. The indissociable luminosity of emptiness is like the moon reflected in water; There is nothing tangible to cling to, people of Ding-ri.

63. The undissociated appearance of emptiness is like empty space; The mind has neither center nor edge, people of Ding-ri.

64. Distraction-free memory is like the pretty girl (fascinated by her image) in the mirror; She's not speculating, people of Ding-ri.

65. Spirit inseparable from emptiness is like the form reflected in the mirror; There is neither birth nor end (absolute), people of Ding-ri.

66. Bliss (which includes) emptiness is graspless, like the sun shining on snow; It's nothing to worry about, people of Ding-ri.

67. Fallacies vanish without a trace, like the echo goddess; In the sounds, there is nothing to grasp, people of Ding-ri.

68. The mechanisms of happiness and suffering are like (the sounds emanating from) the body and the strings of a lute; They (are born of) the conjunction of causes and conditions, people of Ding-ri.

69. The natural freedom (emptiness of the absolute) of samsara and nirvana is like child's play; Spirit has neither birth nor (ultimate) cessation, people of Ding-ri.

70. Internal and external profusions belong to our own mind, Like solid ice that melts into water, people of Ding-ri.

71. The mechanism of ignorance is like a spring welling up in a meadow; We can't stop it with denial, people of Ding-ri.

72. The lures of samsara and nirvana have no words to describe; As a remedy, the Master is supreme, people of Ding-ri.

73. The innate splendor of the five Bodies is like seeing an island of gold; Don't just hope or doubt, people of Ding-ri.

74. Available and qualified human life is like gems and gold; Don't waste it senselessly, people of Ding-ri.

75. The practice of the great vehicle is like a desire-fulfilling jewel; Even looking for her, finding her would be difficult, people of Ding-ri.

76. For this life, anyway, there is food and clothing; Focus all your interest on the Dharma, people of Ding-ri.

77. As long as you are young, practice asceticism, For when you become old, your organism will no longer support it, people of Ding-ri.

78. When disturbing factors arise, apply their antidotes, And their characteristics will dissipate, people of Ding-ri.

79. Sometimes think of the sufferings of samsara; This stirs up faith, people of Ding-ri.

80. Now is the time to generate enthusiasm and get to safety, For (otherwise) you will not know where you will be reborn after your death, people of Ding-ri.

81. Life is fleeting, like dew on a blade of grass; Banish laziness and indolence, people of Ding-ri.

82. The Buddha's Teaching is like the sun which pierces the clouds; Now it shines, people of Ding-ri.

83. While we imagine that happiness and suffering are due to others; Their root causes are in themselves, Ding-ri people.

84. Under the impulse of faith, the way is very near; Consider the evils of samsara, people of Ding-ri.

85. Dating bad friends leads to bad behavior; Abandon pernicious friends, people of Ding-ri.

86. Going around with good friends brings about the advent of qualities; Spawn with righteous friends, people of Ding-ri.

87. Hypocrisy, deceit and lies deceive both self and others; Seek caution in your conscience, people of Ding-ri.

88. Ignorance is the root of the demons of error; Hold on to vigilance and memory, people of Ding-ri.

89. Defeat the five or three poisons_ brings closer (to the goal) the way; Apply their antidotes to your minds, people of Ding-ri.

90. With an enthusiasm that lacks strength, one does not become a Buddha; Take care to don this armor, people of Ding-ri.

91. Dwelling on memories (imprints) brings up desires; Don't cling to the past, people of Ding-ri

92. If your understandings and realizations are weak, invoke (the Masters and Buddhas), And realizations will appear in you people of Ding-ri.

93. If you wish to be happy in the future, develop endurance, And Buddhahood will be imminent, people of Ding-ri.

94. The morning meeting portends parting, Meetings and partings affect the spirit, people of Ding-ri.

95. Most of your companions have gone to their next lives; Friends, have you made your preparations, people of Ding-ri?

96. All suffering arises from evil deeds; Banish even the smallest faults, people of Ding-ri.

97. All happiness proceeds from virtuous acts; Accomplish even the smallest virtues, people of Ding-ri.

98. Good and bad causes result in happiness and suffering; Cast off evil and do good, people of Ding-ri.

99. The Indian master (that I am) without staying in Ding-ri will leave; It's time to clear up your doubts, people of Ding-ri.

100. As for me, I practiced without any distractions. You too follow this example, people of Ding-ri.

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Francois Leclercq

François Leclercq is the founder of Buddhist News, a website which aims to disseminate information and practical advice on Buddhism and spirituality. François Leclercq was born and raised in Paris. He studied Buddhism at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, where he graduated in social sciences and psychology. After graduating, he devoted himself to his passion for Buddhism and traveled the world to study and learn about different practices. He notably visited Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Japan and China.

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