The Bodhisattva's Jewel Mala
by Lama Atisha
In the language of India: bodhisattvamaniavali
In the language of Tibet: byang chhub sems dpai nor bui
I bow down to the Great Compassionate
I bow down to the lamas.
I bow down to the devotional deities.
Abandon all doubt,
And earnestly apply yourself to practice.
Abandon laziness, dullness and
And always cultivate joyous effort.
With mindfulness, alertness
Protect the doors of the senses at all times.
During the three times of day
Check your mental continuum again and again
Proclaim your own faults,
But do not look for the mistakes of others.
Hide your own good qualities,
But proclaim the good qualities of others.
Abandon wealth and honors,
And reject profit and reputation always.
Desire little, be content,
And be grateful to those who show you kindness.
Meditating on compassion and
Firmly establish bodhicitta.
Abandon the ten non-virtues,
And firmly establish continuous faith.
Overcome pride and anger,
And have a humble mind.
Abandon wrong livelihoods,
And live a life of Dharma.
Abandon all worldly objects,
And wear the jewels of the Aryas.
Abandon all entertainment,
And live in solitary places.
Abandon all misleading and meaningless
And always control your speech
When you see your spiritual teacher
or ordination master,
Attend him or her with respect.
With sentient beings who are
And with beings who possess the Dharma eye,
Generate the perception of them as teachers.
When you see all sentient beings,
Generate the perception of them as your parents and children.
Abandon friends who influence
And rely on the virtuous spiritual friend.
Abandon the mind of unhappiness
And go everywhere with happiness.
Abandon attachment to everything,
And remain without attachment.
Also, because of attachment,
you will not obtain a good rebirth,
And will be cut off from the life of liberation.
Wherever you see virtuous Dharma,
Always put your effort there.
Whatever you have begun,
Accomplish that first.
Do everything properly like this;
Otherwise, nothing will be accomplished.
Be free of any liking for negativity;
Whenever an arrogant mind arises,
And remember the advice of your lama.
When a discouraged mind arises,
Praise the sublimity of the mind.
Meditate on the emptiness of
Whenever objects of attachment
and aversion arise
See them as illusions and emanations.
When you hear offensive talk
Regard it as an echo.
When your body is injured,
Regard this as the result of your previous actions.
Live well in solitary places
at the edge of towns.
Like a wounded deer,
Hiding yourself, alone,
Dwell without attachment.
Firmly rely on your yidam at
And when the mind of laziness and indifference arises,
Enumerate these faults to yourself
And ponder them with regret in your heart.
When you see others,
Speak calmly, kindly and sincerely
Avoid frowning, closed expressions,
And abide always with a smile.
Continually, when you see others,
Delight in giving without miserliness.
Abandon all jealousy.
To protect the minds of others,
Abandon all contention,
And have patience at all times.
Without flattery and without
Be grounded and steadfast always.
Abandon contempt for others,
And preserve a respectful manner.
When giving counsel to others
Have compassion and the wish to be of benefit.
Without criticizing any Dharma
Let others aspire to whichever they are drawn to,
And through the door of the ten Dharma practices
Exert yourself through the day and half the night.
Whatever virtue you accumulate
during the three times,
Dedicate to the highest, great enlightenment.
Give away your merit to sentient beings.
Continually offer the seven
And the great aspirational prayers.
If you practice this way, you
The two accumulations of wisdom and positive potential.
Also, the two kinds of obscurations
will be exhausted,
And fulfilling the purpose of obtaining a human rebirth,
The highest enlightenment will be obtained.
The jewel of faith and the jewel
of ethical discipline,
The jewel of giving and the jewel of hearing,
The jewels of personal integrity and of consideration for others,
The jewel of supreme wisdom:
These seven sacred jewels,
Seven inexhaustible treasures,
Are meaningless to negative spirits.
Examine your speech when among
Examine your mind when alone.
Written by the glorious
master of India, Dipankara, Heart of Perfect Wisdom, Illuminator
Who is Entirely Good. Thus, "The Jewel Mala of the Bodhisattva"