Longchenpa, a Tibetan teacher holds up for us a challenging path for living in his poem, Meditation on Afflictions. He captures how the challenges we face are truly gifts that guide us to liberation and happiness. His poem asks us to connect with Wisdom-Compassion flowing constantly in our lives, even in strange and wondrous ways. I hope you enjoy his poem and the translation for ‘Dharma is ‘Truth’.
“Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma and find the way to liberation.
Thank you, evil forces!
When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma and find lasting happiness.
Thank you sorrows!
Through harm caused by spirits, we discover Dharma and find fearlessness.
Thank you ghosts and demons!
Through people’s hate, we discover Dharma and find benefits and happiness.
Thank you, those who hate us!
Through cruel adversity, we discover Truth and find the unchanging way.
Thank you, adversity!
Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma and find the essential meaning.
Thank you, all who drive us on!
We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.
– Longchen Rabjampa