Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Panchen Lama’s Inscription for The Voice of the Silence

The Peking edition of Blavatsky's The Voice of the Silence reproduced the above Tibetan script written by the Panchen Lama for this reprint. The book contained the following “free rendering” in English:

All beings desire liberation from misery.   
Seek, therefore, for the causes of misery and expunge them.
By entering on the Path liberation from misery is attained. 
Exhort, then, all beings to enter the Path.

Thanks to David Reigle we are fortunate to have another translation, done this time by Lozang Jamspal, formerly of the Tashi-lunpho Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and an instructor in Tibetan at Columbia University in New York.

“Those who do not want unbearable suffering,      
should eliminate its cause, the defilements.        
In order to achieve liberation, free from (the defilements),       
one should practice thoroughly the good path leading to (liberation).”      
Thus (the Buddha) declared the teaching of (the four noble) truths.

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