Proclaiming Mind's Way of Being Mistaken by the Third Karmapa






I pay homage to all buddhas and bodhisattvas.
This is a proclamation of mind’s way of being mistaken.

Mind, mentation, and consciousness
Are what engage naturally pure and unconstrained luminousity,
Free from reference points, through all kinds of clinging to reference points.
You[mind], who conceives them as one, two, three, or six,
Do not rest in anything but intrinsic lucidity.

Completely ensnaring yourself by saying “me,”
Conceiving of forms, sounds, smells, tastes, and tangible objects,
Objects and subjedts are imagined as being two.
Through adopting and rejecting them, you deceive yourself.

Your ways are as fickle as those of a dancer,
Being and object of ridicule in [all] places in the three realms.
I will discuss the ways you act a bit, so listen!

Through name and form, your produce characteristics,
Which make attachment, aversion, and dullness flourish greatly in samsara.
Thus, you are born in its six sectors and dance through samsara,
Serving as a ludicrous performance for the wise.


From the book "Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature"



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