GREEN WATERS – CONTENTS

Sacred Tibetan Rivers
India. Land Of My Childhood …
Meeting Old Friends …
So Long As …
When All Is Said And Done …
Simplify Your Life Tibetan Friends.
The Four Doors Of Constructive Criticism.
How Should A Tibetan Think …
A Modern Myth
The Lost Jowo Of Tibet
Oh, To Be Alive Today …
Three Offerings To Make …
One Day I Espied A Tsa-tsa …
Jomolungma, Jomolungma.
Chongye The Valley Of Tumuli.
Childhood Memories And Fears That Surface.
Mount Zodang Gongpori
Mount Lhababri – The Hill Of Divine Descent.
Samye – The Inconceivable.
I’ve Seen The Taj Mahal.
Samye
Legends Of The Jokhang
Since 647
Ganden Namgyal Ling
Ganden, Abode Of Joy.
Chinese Myths
Truth Is Self-evident …
In The End …
The Sino-Indian Border
Till The Nineteen Fifties The World Slept On
Is Gandhi Alive Today?
Is Gandhi Relevant Today?
Mani
Om Mani Padme Hum
The Buddhist Paths In Daily Life
The Purpose Of Life
If You Are A Buddhist …
Some Pointers Along The Path
The Three Supreme Methods
In Praise Of The Tsangpo
Green Waters

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Sacred Tibetan Rivers

Ancient Tibetans proclaimed
at sacred Kailash’s base
a stream bubbles forth
collecting to produce
revered Mansarowar lake.

Around this holy lake
in the four directions
exist caves mysterious
harbouring animals divine
that spout the four rivers.

To the north midst diamond sand
the Indus or Senge Khabab
springs from the Lion’s mouth
granting courage to those
that drink its pure waters.

To the east midst emerald sand
the Brahmaputra or Tachok Khabab
springs from the Horse’s mouth
granting the power of speed to those
that drink from its pure waters.

To the south midst silver sand
the Karnali-Ganga or Mapcha Khabab
springs from the Peacock’s mouth
granting beauty and grace to those
that drink from its pure waters.

To the west midst golden sand
the Sutlej or Langchen Khabab
springs from the Elephant’s mouth
granting the power of strength to those
that drink from its pure waters.

I’ve also heard
the Hindu Puranas,
old Jain scriptures
and the ancient texts of Bon
reveal similar details.

Thus one thing I know
the mysterious magnificent environs
of sacred Crystal Kailash
gives birth to four immortals
that life affirm and always purify.

May all beings in every direction
hearing of or making contact
with these pure Tibetan rivers
be blessed with every happiness,
unbounded freedom and infinite ability.

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India. Land Of My Childhood …

India
Land of my childhood
And adulthood.

India
Land of my dreams
And nightmares.

India
Land of my hopes
And failures.

India
Land of my Heroes
And villains.

India
Land of Sublime beings,
My Aryabhumi.

India
Land of the Buddha and Gandhi
Born over two millennia apart.

The rest of the world
Has produced
No beings more genuine.

India
Unrivalled. Unchallenged.
May your fortunes revive.

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Meeting Old Friends …

Meeting old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
Seeing how they’ve changed,
Teaching me Impermanence.

Talking with old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
Old habits and views unaltered,
Teaching me Karma.

Just being with old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
United with others. Radiating warmth,
Teaching me Interdependence.

Exchanging ideas with old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
Respecting. Learning from them,
Teaching me pure perception.

Being still with old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
Fully in the present. At ease. Free,
Teaching me awareness.

Meeting with old friends
Is a pleasant surprise.
In tune with others,
How wonderful reality can be.

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So Long As …

So long as

Tibet’s sky retains
Its depth and space.
Tibet’s mountains remain
White, covered with snow.
Tibet’s streams and rivers
Fresh waters flow.
Tibet’s grasslands green
And barley fields grow.

Till then, till then

No need is there
For Chinese assistance
To probe the depths
of the Tibetan sky.
To cross the mountain passes
Cold and steep.
To purify the waters
Of Tibetan lakes and streams.
To protect flora or fauna
Or grow resistant strains.

Come to think of it,

The Chinese are a peculiar race.
Claiming a mandate from heaven
They repress their own within.
Proclaiming Liberation
They enslave others outside.
What a topsy-turvy world
Chinese reality brings forth.

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When All Is Said And Done …

When all is said and done
There isn’t much to rave and rant about.
We’re all masters of our fate.
Our fate lies in our disillusioned existence.

When all is said and done
We have to bear our own sufferings.
The U.S. and E.U. and the Chinese are economies.
Chinese threats and money too closes our doors.

When all is said and done
It’s us who’ve brought on our own suffering.
In dollars, disciples and delusions we thrive.
Our brave and innocents forgotten in Chinese jails.

When all is said and done
It’s our despairing weak resolve and resolutions
And pious pacifism that allows the Chinese
To torture our activists and plunder our wealth.

When all is said and done
It’s our forward looking youths
That lose out in the corridors of power
To provincial, sectarian and clannish politics.

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Simplify Your Life Tibetan Friends

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many plans and activities
Just tires oneself. Benefits none.
Discipline yourself. Avoid harming others.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many mantras just twist your tongue.
Recite the one that benefits all.
With concentration say “Om Mani Padme Hum”.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many thoughts will explode your mind.
Meditate on the one truth – the view of Interdependence.
Start thinking of your neighbours too.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many teachings, one’s memory fails.
Don’t tire the lama. Just request the one.
The essence of all – Bodhichitta.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many practices, one becomes mechanical.
Just practice the one that truly frees.
With mindfulness be free of delusions.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many protectors protects no one.
Have trust in the one that saves us all –
Chenresi the deity of suffering beings.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Too many sponsors and business interests.
Your dignity, determination and practice decline.
Children just need education, not inherited wealth.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Don’t beat about the bush with Chinese dictators.
Speak with one voice to the Chinese people.
Demand freedom from them – our birthright.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Quotas and provinces confuse people and democracy.
Local representation. One Tibetan one vote.
That’s simple, free and fair like TYC elections.

Simplify your life Tibetan friends.
Beware, life in exile is just an illusion.
Cultivate compassion for your relations in Chinese jails.
Thus unitedly endeavour for truth – for freedom.

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The Four Doors Of Constructive Criticism

Though to be critical
is the way of the world,
yet most times
a moment of silence
achieves far more
than a thousand words
of advice and criticism.

Between the flash
of an idea
and its resultant
beneficial effects
it must possess
several qualities that inspire.

For a start it must appear
advantageous and beneficial.
Next soothing and pleasant to the ear.
Then well and truly comprehended.
Most importantly, it must be true.
For how else could its implementation
bring about the desired results.

Thus when one notices
events and situations amiss,
illogical and topsy-turvy,
before you exercise your tongue
to set things right,
let your critical thoughts
pass through the four doors
of constructive criticism.

The first door.
the door of Truth.
Is what you are
about to say, the truth?
If not, stop it
and don’t let it pass.

The second door.
The door of benefit.
Will your idea really help
those it is intended for?
If not, stop it
and don’t let it pass.

The third door.
The door of pleasant speech.
Can your thoughts be conveyed
in language soothing to the ear?
If not, stop it
and don’t let it pass.

The fourth door.
The door of exposition.
Will your words be well and truly
comprehended by the listener?
If not, stop it
and don’t let it pass.

Well meaning friends
pause awhile before you let
your thoughts go scattering
meaninglessly into empty space.

Be critical yourself.
Inspect well your thoughts
at the four barriers.
Then whatever leaves your mind
will bear immeasurable fruit.

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How Should A Tibetan Think …

How should a Tibetan think
And behave in these
troubled and testing times
Of the 21st. century.

With humility, respect
Our elders,
Our teachers
And refuge objects.

With courageous effort overcome
Our hardships,
Our enemies
And delusions.

With pure perception, learn from
The simple,
The violent
And our lamas.

With mindfulness, carry on
Your daily life,
Your recitations
And your meditations.

With humility take refuge.
With courage think of others.
With pure views truly benefit.
With mindful presence be aware.

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A Modern Myth

There’s a modern myth
Created in the 20th. century.
It’s doing the rounds
And gradually gaining ground.

The Sino-Indian border –
That’s what it’s called.
The point of convergence
Of forces of two Asian powers.

For many millennia, a buffer existed.
Then came a mad emperor’s decree.
Followed by stealth, terror and violence.
The peaceful buffer was over run.

Force, numbers and ruthlessness
Silenced the Tibetan nation.
Unconcerned, the world watched.
Two new nations, met at the new border.

Thus the new Sino-Indian border
Ran along the old Indo-Tibetan border.
It’s just an imaginary line
Concocted, in the minds of Chinese tyrants.

If only the Chinese knew today
We’re in, the 21st. century.
But what can one say of savages,
Sick Dictators and Cultural revolutions.

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