Well realizing that the root of the path,
The foundation for every realization,
Is to properly rely on my kind Guru,
Bless me to do so with great effort and devotion.
Knowing that this life of freedom, found but once,
Is difficult to gain and greatly meaningful
Bless me to develop the continual wish
All day and night to take its essence.
Mindful of death, this life disintegrates
As swiftly as a bubble in turbulent water
And after death my good and bad
Karma follows me like my shadow.
Having gained firm certainty of this,
Bless me to be ever conscientious
To abandon even the slightest harm
And practice every possible virtue.
Enjoying deceptive samsaric pleasure
Brings no contentment and is the door to all suffering,
Aware of its drawbacks, bless me to develop
A strong with for the bliss of liberation
Having found unfeigned conviction in this
Bless me to guard them with my life.
Having precisely understood the essentials
Of the two stages, heart of the Tantras,
Bless me to strive without break in four sessions
To practice Yoga as taught by holy Masters.
May the spiritual guides who reveal this excellent path
And the friends who practice it al1 live long
Please grant blessings that outer and inner
Hindrances all be fully pacified.
In all lives may I never be parted
From perfect masters and enjoy the glory of Dharma
Perfecting realizations of the paths and stages,
May I swiftly gain the state of Vajradhara.
By Je Tsongkapa Losang Dragpa
English translation by David Molk February 8, 1996