The Six Vajra Verses

At a recent meeting, Paul shared these verses which are from the Dzogchen teachings of Tibetan Buddhism:

THE SIX VAJRA VERSES
or
THE FORTUNE-BRINGING CUCKOO OF NON-DUAL AWARENESS TANTRA

ALTHOUGH APPARENT PHENOMENA MANIFEST AS DIVERSITY,
YET THIS DIVERSITY IS NON-DUAL.

AND OF ALL THE MULTIPLICITY OF INDIVIDUAL THINGS THAT EXIST,
NONE CAN BE CONFINED IN A LIMITED CONCEPT.

STAYING FREE FROM THE TRAP OF ANY ATTEMPT TO SAY IT’S “LIKE THIS” OR “LIKE THAT,”
IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT ALL MANIFESTED FORMS ARE ASPECTS OF THE INFINITE FORMLESS.

AND, INDIVISIBLE FROM IT, THEY ARE SELF-PERFECTED.

SEEING THAT EVERYTHING IS SELF-PERFECTED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,
THE DISEASE OF STRIVING FOR ANY ACHIEVEMENT COMES TO AN END OF ITS OWN ACCORD.

AND JUST REMAINING IN THE NATURAL STATE AS IT IS,
THE PRESENCE OF NON-DUAL CONTEMPLATION CONTINUOUSLY, SPONTANEOUSLY ARISES.

2 thoughts on “The Six Vajra Verses

  1. Bezz says:

    Hello,

    I think the Six Vajra Verses are great. Please tell me who did the translation into english and from which publication.

    Best wishes,
    Bezz

  2. Paul Bankston says:

    I’m sorry, but it’s been a few years since I found this translation, and can’t remember whose it is. But I did find keithdowman.net/dzogchen/cuckoos-song-of total-presence.html, where several translations are given. I thought Chosgyal Namkhai Norbu’s interpretation particularly good.

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