While reading Jospeh Goldstein’s One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, I came across this “Dharma Song” by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. I think of so many friends at SLU who’ve done mindful walking, breathing, smiling, sitting, and fruit eating in and outside of our classes. Enjoy this song!
Mindfulness is the root of Dharma.
Mindfulness is the body of practice.
Mindfulness is the fortress of the mind.
Mindfulness is the aid to the wisdom of innate wakefulness.
Lack of mindfulness will allow the negative forces to overcome you.
Without mindfulness you will be swept away by laziness.
Lack of mindfulness is the creator of evil deeds.
Without mindfulness and presence of mind, nothing can be accomplished.
Lack of mindfulness piles up lots of shit.
Without mindfulness you sleep in an ocean of piss.
Without mindfulness you are a heartless zombie, a walking corpse.
Dear Dharma friends, please be mindful!
By the aspiration of the holy lamas, Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and lineage masters,
May all vajra friends attain stable mindfulness
and ascend the throne
of Perfect Awakening.