The Foundation of All Good Qualities
by Lama Tsongkhapa
The kind and venerable spiritual master is the
foundation of all good qualities. Seeing that dependence on him
or her is the root of the path, I request inspiration to rely on
him or her with great respect and continuous effort.
A human life with leisure is obtained this once.
Understanding that it has great value and is hard to find, I request
inspiration to generate unceasingly the mind that takes hold of
its essence day and night.
The fluctuation of our body and life is like
a bubble of water; remember death, for we perish so quickly. After
death, the effects of black and white karma pursue us as a shadow
follows a body. Finding certainty in this, I request inspiration
to always be careful to abandon even the slightest negative action
and to complete the accumulation of virtue.
There is no satisfaction in enjoying worldly
pleasures. They are the door to all misery. Having realized that
the fault of samsaric perfections is that they cannot be trusted,
I request inspiration to be strongly intent on the bliss of liberation.
That pure thought (to attain liberation) produces great conscientiousness, mindfulness, and awareness. I
request inspiration to make the essential practice keeping the vows
of individual liberation,
the root of the doctrine.
Having seen that all beings, my kind mothers,
have fallen like me into the ocean of cyclic existence, I request
inspiration to train in the supreme altruistic intention, assuming
the responsibility to free all migrating beings.
Generating the altruistic intention alone,
without cultivation of the three ethical practices,
does not lead to enlightenment. Having realized this, I request
inspiration to practice with intense effort the vows of the conquerors
and their spiritual children.
By quieting distraction to false objects,
and analyzing the meaning of reality,
I request inspiration to generate quickly within my mind stream
the path uniting meditative quiescence and special insight.
When, trained in the common path,
I am a suitable vessel, I request inspiration to enter with ease
the great gateway of the fortunate ones, the Vajrayana,
the supreme of all vehicles.
The basis of achieving the two powerful attainments
is the pure vows and commitments that I have pledged. Having found
true understanding of this, I request inspiration to keep them even
at the cost of my life.
Having realized the significance of the
which are the essence of the tantric path, I request inspiration
to steadfastly practice without laziness the four sessions of yoga
and realize what the holy beings have taught.
May the spiritual teachers who lead me on the
sacred path and all spiritual friends who practice it have long
life. Please inspire me to quickly and completely pacify all outer
and inner hindrances.
In all my rebirths may I never be separated
from perfect spiritual masters, and enjoy the magnificent Dharma.
Completing all qualities of the stages and paths, may I quickly
achieve the stage of Vajradhara.
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