Heart Nectar of the Siddhas

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THE HEART NECTAR OF THE SIDDHAS
A Prayer of Aspiration That Condenses the Essence of the Oral Teachings
By His Holiness Dd!o" Rinpoche# $igdral %eshe Dor!e
Sole nfailing and nchanging Refge# &ord of the 'andala#
'ost Precios and (ind Root )r# hold "e *ith co"passion+
,hen I s-ander the freedo"s and endo*"ents#
Ignoring death# pro.iding only for this life+
This fleeting h"an life# li(e a drea"#
If it/s happy that/s all right# if it/s nhappy that/s all right#
,ithot concern for happiness or sorro*#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This "ortal e1istence# li(e a candle in the *ind#
If it/s long that/s all right# if it/s short that/s all right+
,ithot intensifying the tight grip of the ego#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These intellectal !dge"ents# li(e the lre of a "irage#
If they/re sita2le that/s all right# if they/re not that/s all right+
Discarding# li(e hay# *hate.er carries the eight *orldly concerns#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This entorage# li(e a floc( of 2irds in a tree#
If it/s asse"2led that/s all right# if it/s scattered that/s all right+
,ithot letting others lead "e 2y the nose#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This illsory 2ody# li(e a hndred year old hose#
If it sr.i.es that/s all right# if it collapses that/s all right+
,ithot 2eco"ing o2sessed 2y food# clothes# and "edicine#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This religios position# li(e a child/s ga"e#
If it/s (ept p that/s all right# if it collapses that/s all right+
,ithot decei.ing "yself *ith n"eros di.ersions#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These gods and de"ons# li(e reflections in a "irror#
If they/re helpfl that/s all right# if they/re har"fl that/s all
right+
,ithot percei.ing "y o*n hallcinations as ene"ies#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This delsi.e tal(# li(e a trac(less echo#
if it/s pleasing that/s all right# if it/s npleasant that/s all right+
Ta(ing the Three $e*els and "y o*n "ind as *itness#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
That *hich is seless at the ti"e of need# li(e the antlers of a deer#
If it/s (no*n that/s all right# if it/s n(no*n that/s all right+
,ithot si"ply relying on the .arios sciences#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These religios possessions# li(e .irlent poisons#
If they co"e that/s all right# if they don/t that/s all right+
,ithot de.oting "y life to sinfl# n*holeso"e "eans of sr.i.al#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This for" of greatness# li(e dogshit *rapped in 2rocade#
If it/s o2tained that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
Ha.ing s"elled the rot of "y o*n head#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These relationships# li(e gatherings on a "ar(et day#
If they/re lo.ing that/s all right# if they/re spitefl that/s all
right+
Ctting the ties of passionate attach"ent fro" deep *ithin the heart#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This "aterial *ealth# li(e *hat/s fond in a drea"#
If it/s ac-ired that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot decei.ing others 2y flattery and assent#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This ran(# li(e a little 2ird perch on top of a tree#
If it/s high that/s all right# if it/s lo* that/s all right+
,ithot aspiring to that *hich actally 2rings sorro*#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This 2lac( "agic# li(e a sharpened *eapon#
If it/s sccessfl that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot 2ying the 2lade that *ill ct off "y life#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These recitations# li(e a parrot/s si1 sylla2les#
If they/re repeated that/s all right# if they/re not that/s all right+
,ithot conting the n"2ers of the .arios practices#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
'ere religios discorse# li(e a "ontain cascade#
If it/s elo-ent that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot thin(ing of this gli2ness as Dhar"a#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The "ind -ic( to !dge# li(e a pig/s snot#
If it/s sharp that/s all right# if it/s dll that/s all right+
,ithot selessly digging p the r22le of anger and attach"ent#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The yogi/s e1perience# li(e a strea" in s""er#
If it e1pands that/s all right# if it recedes that/s all right+
,ithot chasing rain2o*s li(e a child#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These pre .isions# li(e rain on a "ontain top#
If they happen that/s all right# if they don/t that/s all right+
,ithot gi.ing credence to illsory e1periences#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The freedo"s and endo*"ents# li(e a *ish0flfilling ge"#
If I do not o2tain the"# there is no *ay to acco"plish the Dhar"a+
,hen I ha.e the" in hand# *ithot letting the" spoil#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The glorios )r# light on the path of li2eration#
If I do not "eet hi"# there is no *ay to reali3e the tre natre+
,hen I (no* the *ay to go# *ithot !"ping into the precipice#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The holy Dhar"a# li(e a "edicine that cres sic(ness#
If I ha.e not heard it# there is no *ay to decide *hat to gi.e p and
*hat to ta(e p+
Distingishing the 2eneficial fro" the har"fl# *ithot s*allo*ing the
poison#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The alternation of happiness and sffering# li(e the changing of
s""er and *inter#
If I do not recogni3e it# there is no *ay to de.elop rennciation+
Being certain that I *ill sffer in trn#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This i""ersion in Sa"sara# li(e a stone in deep *ater#
If I do not get ot of it no*# I *ill not 2e free of it later+
Holding on to the lifeline of the co"passionate Three $e*els#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The -alities of li2eration# li(e an island of !e*els#
If I a" na*are of the"# there is no *ay to de.elop diligence+
Seeing the nending 2enefits to 2e gained#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The life stories of the great saints# li(e the essence of nectar#
If I a" nac-ainted *ith the"# there is no *ay to a*a(en faith+
,hen I recogni3e the real gains and losses#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The aspiration to*ards enlighten"ent# li(e a fertile field#
If I do not clti.ate it# there is no *ay to attain Bddhahood+
,ithot 2eco"ing indifferent to the acco"plish"ent of this great goal#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These thoghts of "ine# li(e a "on(ey/s antics#
If I do not ta"e the"# there is no *ay to eli"inate "y afflicti.e
e"otions+
,ithot falling into all (inds of cra3y "i"icry#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This attach"ent to ego# li(e an inherent shado*#
If I do not gi.e it p# there is no *ay to reach a peacefl place+
,hen I recogni3e the ene"y# *ithot 2efriending it#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The fi.e poisons# li(e e"2ers glo*ing in the ash#
If I do not e1tingish the"# I cannot a2ide in "ind/s self0natre+
,ithot 2reeding .eno"os 2a2y sna(es in "y 2ed#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This te"pera"ent of "ine# li(e the stiff hide of a 2tter02ag#
If I do not soften it# the Dhar"a and "y "ind *ill ne.er 2lend+
,ithot indlging the child that is 2orn fro" "y self#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These ingrained 2ad ha2its# li(e the corse of a ri.er#
If I do not eli"inate the"# I cannot part fro" the profane+
,ithot deli.ering *eapons into the hands of the ene"y#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These distractions# li(e the ceaseless rippling of *ater#
If I do not re!ect the"# there is no *ay to 2eco"e steadfast+
,hen I ha.e the freedo" of choice# *ithot de.oting "yself to Sa"sara#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The )r/s 2lessing# li(e the *ar"ing of earth and *ater#
If I do not recei.e it# there is no *ay to recogni3e "y o*n tre
natre+
,hen I step on the short path# *ithot trning in circles#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The solitary place# li(e a s""er .alley of "edicine plants#
If I do not d*ell there# there is no *ay for the good -alities to
gro*+
,hen I stay in the "ontains# *ithot *andering off to dar( cities#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This desire for co"fort# li(e a greedy ghost lodged at the hearth#
If I do not part fro" it# painfl efforts *ill ne.er cease+
,ithot "a(ing# as to a god# offerings to a hngry de"on#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This alert "indflness# li(e the (ey to a fortress#
If it is not relied pon# the "o.e"ents of delsion *ill ne.er stop+
At the ti"e the thief arri.es# *ithot lea.ing the latch nfastened#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The tre natre# li(e nchanging space#
If I do not reali3e it# the grond of the .ie* *ill not 2e esta2lished+
,ithot chaining "yself in iron fetters#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This a*areness# li(e a stainless crystal#
If I do not see it# the clinging and effort of "editation cannot
dissol.e+
,hen I ha.e this insepara2le co"panion# *ithot searching for another#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This natral "ind# li(e an old friend#
If I do not recogni3e it# all "y acti.ities *ill 2e delded+
,ithot f"2ling arond *ith "y eyes closed#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
In short# if I do not a2andon the concerns of this life#
There is no *ay to apply the teachings for the 2enefit of the ne1t
life+
Ha.ing resol.ed to 2e (ind to "yself#
'ay *hate.er I do 2eco"e the Spre"e Teaching+
To do2t the )r/s instrctions that accord *ith the Dhar"a#
To feel 2itterness to*ard the deity *hen 2ad (ar"a e"erges#
To discontine the sadhana and so forth *hen ad.erse circ"stances
arise#
'ay sch o2stacles not occr as acco"plish"ent approaches+
All this doing has no "ore "eaning than *al(ing arond a desert#
All these efforts "a(e "y character rigid+
All this thin(ing !st reinforces "y delsions#
,hat *orldly 2eings consider to 2e Dhar"a is the case of 2inding
"yself+
All this e1ertion prodces no reslt#
All these ideas 2ring not a single actali3ation#
All the n"eros *ants *ill ne.er 2e flfilled#
A2andoning acti.ities# "ay I 2e a2le to "editate on the oral
instrctions+
If yo thin( yo *ant to do it# ta(e the 4ictorios One/s *ords as
*itness#
If yo thin( yo can really do it# 2lend yor "ind *ith Dhar"a#
If yo thin( yo *ill practice# follo* the e1a"ple of the past saints+
%o spoiled ones# is there any other *ay5
Ta(ing a h"2le position# rich *ith the treasre of content"ent#
Free fro" the 2inds of the eight *orldly concerns# fir" and
strong0hearted in practice#
Recei.ing the )r/s 2lessing# reali3ation 2eco"es e-al to space+
'ay *e inherit the 6ingdo" of 6nt3angpo+
Ths ha.ing nited the "eaning of the dia"ond *ords of the past
saints# I ha.e *ritten this as "y o*n prayer+
00 $igdral %eshe Dor!e
Heart Nectar of the Siddhas
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THE HEART NECTAR OF THE SIDDHAS
A Prayer of Aspiration That Condenses the Essence of the Oral Teachings
By His Holiness Dd!o" Rinpoche# $igdral %eshe Dor!e
Sole nfailing and nchanging Refge# &ord of the 'andala#
'ost Precios and (ind Root )r# hold "e *ith co"passion+
,hen I s-ander the freedo"s and endo*"ents#
Ignoring death# pro.iding only for this life+
This fleeting h"an life# li(e a drea"#
If it/s happy that/s all right# if it/s nhappy that/s all right#
,ithot concern for happiness or sorro*#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This "ortal e1istence# li(e a candle in the *ind#
If it/s long that/s all right# if it/s short that/s all right+
,ithot intensifying the tight grip of the ego#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These intellectal !dge"ents# li(e the lre of a "irage#
If they/re sita2le that/s all right# if they/re not that/s all right+
Discarding# li(e hay# *hate.er carries the eight *orldly concerns#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This entorage# li(e a floc( of 2irds in a tree#
If it/s asse"2led that/s all right# if it/s scattered that/s all right+
,ithot letting others lead "e 2y the nose#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This illsory 2ody# li(e a hndred year old hose#
If it sr.i.es that/s all right# if it collapses that/s all right+
,ithot 2eco"ing o2sessed 2y food# clothes# and "edicine#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This religios position# li(e a child/s ga"e#
If it/s (ept p that/s all right# if it collapses that/s all right+
,ithot decei.ing "yself *ith n"eros di.ersions#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These gods and de"ons# li(e reflections in a "irror#
If they/re helpfl that/s all right# if they/re har"fl that/s all
right+
,ithot percei.ing "y o*n hallcinations as ene"ies#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This delsi.e tal(# li(e a trac(less echo#
if it/s pleasing that/s all right# if it/s npleasant that/s all right+
Ta(ing the Three $e*els and "y o*n "ind as *itness#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
That *hich is seless at the ti"e of need# li(e the antlers of a deer#
If it/s (no*n that/s all right# if it/s n(no*n that/s all right+
,ithot si"ply relying on the .arios sciences#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These religios possessions# li(e .irlent poisons#
If they co"e that/s all right# if they don/t that/s all right+
,ithot de.oting "y life to sinfl# n*holeso"e "eans of sr.i.al#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This for" of greatness# li(e dogshit *rapped in 2rocade#
If it/s o2tained that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
Ha.ing s"elled the rot of "y o*n head#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These relationships# li(e gatherings on a "ar(et day#
If they/re lo.ing that/s all right# if they/re spitefl that/s all
right+
Ctting the ties of passionate attach"ent fro" deep *ithin the heart#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This "aterial *ealth# li(e *hat/s fond in a drea"#
If it/s ac-ired that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot decei.ing others 2y flattery and assent#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This ran(# li(e a little 2ird perch on top of a tree#
If it/s high that/s all right# if it/s lo* that/s all right+
,ithot aspiring to that *hich actally 2rings sorro*#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This 2lac( "agic# li(e a sharpened *eapon#
If it/s sccessfl that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot 2ying the 2lade that *ill ct off "y life#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These recitations# li(e a parrot/s si1 sylla2les#
If they/re repeated that/s all right# if they/re not that/s all right+
,ithot conting the n"2ers of the .arios practices#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
'ere religios discorse# li(e a "ontain cascade#
If it/s elo-ent that/s all right# if it/s not that/s all right+
,ithot thin(ing of this gli2ness as Dhar"a#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The "ind -ic( to !dge# li(e a pig/s snot#
If it/s sharp that/s all right# if it/s dll that/s all right+
,ithot selessly digging p the r22le of anger and attach"ent#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The yogi/s e1perience# li(e a strea" in s""er#
If it e1pands that/s all right# if it recedes that/s all right+
,ithot chasing rain2o*s li(e a child#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These pre .isions# li(e rain on a "ontain top#
If they happen that/s all right# if they don/t that/s all right+
,ithot gi.ing credence to illsory e1periences#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The freedo"s and endo*"ents# li(e a *ish0flfilling ge"#
If I do not o2tain the"# there is no *ay to acco"plish the Dhar"a+
,hen I ha.e the" in hand# *ithot letting the" spoil#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The glorios )r# light on the path of li2eration#
If I do not "eet hi"# there is no *ay to reali3e the tre natre+
,hen I (no* the *ay to go# *ithot !"ping into the precipice#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The holy Dhar"a# li(e a "edicine that cres sic(ness#
If I ha.e not heard it# there is no *ay to decide *hat to gi.e p and
*hat to ta(e p+
Distingishing the 2eneficial fro" the har"fl# *ithot s*allo*ing the
poison#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The alternation of happiness and sffering# li(e the changing of
s""er and *inter#
If I do not recogni3e it# there is no *ay to de.elop rennciation+
Being certain that I *ill sffer in trn#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This i""ersion in Sa"sara# li(e a stone in deep *ater#
If I do not get ot of it no*# I *ill not 2e free of it later+
Holding on to the lifeline of the co"passionate Three $e*els#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The -alities of li2eration# li(e an island of !e*els#
If I a" na*are of the"# there is no *ay to de.elop diligence+
Seeing the nending 2enefits to 2e gained#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The life stories of the great saints# li(e the essence of nectar#
If I a" nac-ainted *ith the"# there is no *ay to a*a(en faith+
,hen I recogni3e the real gains and losses#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The aspiration to*ards enlighten"ent# li(e a fertile field#
If I do not clti.ate it# there is no *ay to attain Bddhahood+
,ithot 2eco"ing indifferent to the acco"plish"ent of this great goal#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These thoghts of "ine# li(e a "on(ey/s antics#
If I do not ta"e the"# there is no *ay to eli"inate "y afflicti.e
e"otions+
,ithot falling into all (inds of cra3y "i"icry#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This attach"ent to ego# li(e an inherent shado*#
If I do not gi.e it p# there is no *ay to reach a peacefl place+
,hen I recogni3e the ene"y# *ithot 2efriending it#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The fi.e poisons# li(e e"2ers glo*ing in the ash#
If I do not e1tingish the"# I cannot a2ide in "ind/s self0natre+
,ithot 2reeding .eno"os 2a2y sna(es in "y 2ed#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This te"pera"ent of "ine# li(e the stiff hide of a 2tter02ag#
If I do not soften it# the Dhar"a and "y "ind *ill ne.er 2lend+
,ithot indlging the child that is 2orn fro" "y self#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These ingrained 2ad ha2its# li(e the corse of a ri.er#
If I do not eli"inate the"# I cannot part fro" the profane+
,ithot deli.ering *eapons into the hands of the ene"y#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
These distractions# li(e the ceaseless rippling of *ater#
If I do not re!ect the"# there is no *ay to 2eco"e steadfast+
,hen I ha.e the freedo" of choice# *ithot de.oting "yself to Sa"sara#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The )r/s 2lessing# li(e the *ar"ing of earth and *ater#
If I do not recei.e it# there is no *ay to recogni3e "y o*n tre
natre+
,hen I step on the short path# *ithot trning in circles#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The solitary place# li(e a s""er .alley of "edicine plants#
If I do not d*ell there# there is no *ay for the good -alities to
gro*+
,hen I stay in the "ontains# *ithot *andering off to dar( cities#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This desire for co"fort# li(e a greedy ghost lodged at the hearth#
If I do not part fro" it# painfl efforts *ill ne.er cease+
,ithot "a(ing# as to a god# offerings to a hngry de"on#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This alert "indflness# li(e the (ey to a fortress#
If it is not relied pon# the "o.e"ents of delsion *ill ne.er stop+
At the ti"e the thief arri.es# *ithot lea.ing the latch nfastened#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
The tre natre# li(e nchanging space#
If I do not reali3e it# the grond of the .ie* *ill not 2e esta2lished+
,ithot chaining "yself in iron fetters#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This a*areness# li(e a stainless crystal#
If I do not see it# the clinging and effort of "editation cannot
dissol.e+
,hen I ha.e this insepara2le co"panion# *ithot searching for another#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
This natral "ind# li(e an old friend#
If I do not recogni3e it# all "y acti.ities *ill 2e delded+
,ithot f"2ling arond *ith "y eyes closed#
'ay I constantly practice Non0Dal A*areness
In short# if I do not a2andon the concerns of this life#
There is no *ay to apply the teachings for the 2enefit of the ne1t
life+
Ha.ing resol.ed to 2e (ind to "yself#
'ay *hate.er I do 2eco"e the Spre"e Teaching+
To do2t the )r/s instrctions that accord *ith the Dhar"a#
To feel 2itterness to*ard the deity *hen 2ad (ar"a e"erges#
To discontine the sadhana and so forth *hen ad.erse circ"stances
arise#
'ay sch o2stacles not occr as acco"plish"ent approaches+
All this doing has no "ore "eaning than *al(ing arond a desert#
All these efforts "a(e "y character rigid+
All this thin(ing !st reinforces "y delsions#
,hat *orldly 2eings consider to 2e Dhar"a is the case of 2inding
"yself+
All this e1ertion prodces no reslt#
All these ideas 2ring not a single actali3ation#
All the n"eros *ants *ill ne.er 2e flfilled#
A2andoning acti.ities# "ay I 2e a2le to "editate on the oral
instrctions+
If yo thin( yo *ant to do it# ta(e the 4ictorios One/s *ords as
*itness#
If yo thin( yo can really do it# 2lend yor "ind *ith Dhar"a#
If yo thin( yo *ill practice# follo* the e1a"ple of the past saints+
%o spoiled ones# is there any other *ay5
Ta(ing a h"2le position# rich *ith the treasre of content"ent#
Free fro" the 2inds of the eight *orldly concerns# fir" and
strong0hearted in practice#
Recei.ing the )r/s 2lessing# reali3ation 2eco"es e-al to space+
'ay *e inherit the 6ingdo" of 6nt3angpo+
Ths ha.ing nited the "eaning of the dia"ond *ords of the past
saints# I ha.e *ritten this as "y o*n prayer+
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